Ric Flair has a lot in common with Vince McMahon. Both made their names in the world of professional wrestling. Both men worked into their 70s. Surprisingly, Flair, the younger of the two, has outlasted McMahon.
Flair will have his last match on July 31. The Nature Boy is set to team up with his son-in-law, AEW star Andrade El Idolo to take on Jay Lethal and WWE’s Jeff Jarrett at a much-ballyhooed event in Nashville. Flair has promised that it will be his final match.
Vince McMahon retired from WWE last Friday. The long-time chairman and CEO of the wrestling giant has been embroiled in a hush money scandal over payments made to employees with whom he had inappopriate relationships. The wrestling world was rocked by the news, and Ric Flair told Chris Van Vliet that he was not happy to hear about it.
“I wasn’t happy about it at all, I love Vince McMahon. I don’t know what he is doing right now but I feel like he will have a hard time. He will adjust obviously, but he loved the business and he made us all who we are, from Hulk to everybody. I don’t care what everybody else thinks, he made us, and I have nothing but respect for him. He is a majority stockholder; I don’t know if he will [stay away] or not. He’s a genius.”
Ric Flair is a few years younger than Vince McMahon. Both have had shocking longevity despite being at the center of major controversies. It is somewhat surprising that Flair’s career will outlast McMahon’s, even if it’s just by a handful of days.
WWE will never be the same without Vince McMahon. The world of professional wrestling is losing two influential figures. Love them or hate them, Vince and Ric have made their mark on American pop culture in ways few others ever will.
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