We are only days away from Ric Flair’s last matcha full-fledged wrestling show that culminates in a main event, where 73-year-old Nature Boy will team up with Andrade El Ídolo to face Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal.
The promotion for the July 31 event was equal parts hype and promises that it’s actually safe for Flair to work a match with a pacemaker and nearly five years from dying from a host of other health issues. Marc Raimondi article for ESPN In preparation for this weekend in Nashville nearly 75% of the recent. It includes quotes from Lethal, Rick’s training partner, his strength and conditioning coach, Rob McIntyre, and promoter and son-in-law Conrad Thompson.
His daughter Charlotte was also present as her old man prepares for the match, and she seems to understand why her dad is going to wrestle again and he’s worried too. She appears to have been a catalyst for the two-time WWE Hall of Famer, who told Raimondi that he enters the ring on Sunday for “ego and glory. and family.”
Charlotte was there as Naitch doubled down on the “blast workout,” the wrestling cardio routine you know from the WWE Performance Center.
“He was pushing hard for me. I didn’t know whether to cry or be happy.
“That was pretty much a ‘Rocky’ moment, seeing my dad like that, pushing so hard. To do what he was doing and to know the wind it required and the conditioning and his purpose, I was just like blown away. Mind was above matter.”
This does not mean that they give Rick the green light to do everything. Lethal says he’s had a hard time talking about Naitch outside of locations, and that we’ll see Flair “try to make a level 10 match. Whatever he can bring, he’ll bring.” But Charlotte was able to set her foot. When her father wanted to dive from the top of the rope to the ground, she said to him:
“A lot of our men and women in all companies miss these all the time. So I said, ‘No, it’s not needed, it’s not necessary. It wasn’t necessary in your beginnings, it’s not necessary now. So no.'”
Hope to listen.
Check out the full ESPN piece from Raimondi over here.
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