Ric Flair has finally addressed the backlash surrounding his “Last Match” against Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal. The event, which saw Flair team up with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo, was widely panned by fans and critics alike, with some even naming it one of the worst matches of the year in the Wrestling Observer Awards.
Flair, speaking on his To Be The Man podcast, took responsibility for the poor showing and said that he had not properly hydrated before the bout. He even joked that he would gladly give fans another chance to see him in the ring, but this time he would make sure to drink more water beforehand.
The WWE Hall of Famer also addressed concerns about his health, specifically his heart, which he had faked having a heart attack during the match as a play on his pacemaker. Flair revealed that his doctor had recommended that he drink more water to stay hydrated, given his daily intake of nine to 12 beers.
“I’ll take that because it was the sh*ts. No, no, but here’s the deal. It was the sh*ts because I made a mistake in not hydrating. Let them have it again. No, I mean, I’m serious. I think about it all the time. Let me have the match again. Because the one thing I never thought about was to keep myself hydrated, which I found out my doctor told me the other day, I just went to get my heart tested and all that.”
Despite the negative reception to his last match, Flair remains an icon in the world of professional wrestling, with a storied career spanning over four decades. Fans will undoubtedly continue to follow his journey, both in and out of the ring.
What do you think about Ric Flair’s reaction to his last match being named as a runner-up in the Wrestling Observer Awards for worst match of the year? Do you think hydration played a significant role in his performance, or do you think there were other factors at play? Share your thoughts in the comments below.