• Ric Flair Reveals What The Undertaker Told Him To Do Backstage After The “Last Match” PPV
On July 31st, the 73-year-old 2-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair wrestled his ‘Last Match’, where he teamed up with his real-life son-in-law Andrade El Idolo and defeated the team of fellow WCW/WWF Legend ‘Double J’ Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal.
On the latest episode of his weekly ‘To Be The Man’ podcast, Flair revealed that he actually passed out 2 times during his last match due to dehydration.
Here’s what The Nature Boy had to say:
“I don’t think people realized that I passed out twice. Well what happened was, my regimentation for training was so strict that I kept my weight, I wanted my perfect weight to be like 220 going in.
So the last day, the last day and a half, aside from all the work that we had planned for me to do, I didn’t hydrate. I had it in my mind that I had to weigh 219.
So I went to the ring and I’m like 217 pounds, and what happened during the body of the match is I just became dehydrated. I actually, when I was standing on the apron, I looked at Jay, which started a wheel of motion.
I said, ‘Man, I think I’m getting sick’ because I was getting light-headed. Nothing to do with my heart or nothing to do with my intestines. I was getting light-headed. I’m sure a lot of it was nerves as well.
So I think Jay said, ‘Guys, we gotta move this along’, when that isn’t what I meant. But to the point when [Andrade] came over and said, ‘Your turn, sir. Your turn, sir.’ So I got in and I didn’t know where we were in the match because I had missed about clearly like 10 seconds of it.
So then when I went outside, I think everybody just jumped the gun a little bit and I saw where Booker T, who’s really a close friend of mine, thought it was in bad to do this, that was strictly on the fly to get everybody to slow down. Because everybody, if you look back on it, everybody just came all together at one time.
We were far from the end of the match. So I just said to myself, ‘How do I get everybody to slow down?’ That wasn’t anticipated, that wasn’t called, I just did it. I apologize if I scared anybody, but I couldn’t think of any way to reorganize because we had everybody on the floor at one time, which was never planned out like that.
Then Jeff, out of respect for me, he lifted me up to the top turnbuckle, and Jay was gonna give me a superplex, which would have blown the roof off the joint. But he was worried about my health, Jeff sincerely.
He said, ‘We can’t do that, Naitch. We can’t do it.’ I said, ‘Yes I can.’ So rather than look awkward, I came down with him, then Jay came in and gave me the suplex, and we were back rolling.
Then at that point, along came the guitar, right. Down, bingo. Well, I was down. I passed out again. I just passed out, and [Andrade] is going, ‘Sir, you have to wake up. I have the brass knuckles. Sir, you have to wake up.’ Then I woke up, I knew where we were, and we’re home. But I swear to god, twice during the match, I went completely black.”
Flair also revealed that The Undertaker came backstage and told him to drink Gatorade instead of Beer:
“My hand started trembling, but it was all dehydration. I had two doctors in there right away with me and everything, and The Undertaker came running in.
I had like 6 beers there. He took them out of my hand and said, ‘You’re drinking 2 Gatorades first.’ So I drank two, and that’s all it was.
I underestimated the importance of keeping hydrated, which is really big, especially when I lost that much weight and trained that hard.”
New Video: Ending Sequence Of Ric Flair’s Last Match:
• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (August 10, 1991) – WWF Superstars of Wrestling
On this day in 1991, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF Wrestling Challenge’.
This episode was pre-taped at the Northlands Coliseum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF SummerSlam 1991’ PPV.
Here’s the match-card:
1. Big Boss Man vs. Mike Storm
2. Beverley Brothers vs. Louie Spicolli & Brian Jewel
3. Irwin R. Schyster vs. Chi Chi Cruz
4. British Bulldog vs. Tim Patterson
5. The Nasty Boys vs. Don Carson & Ken Johnson
6. Ted DiBiase vs. Bobby Jones