A diehard fan could have been transported back in time by Ric Flair’s final wrestling match. In his classic strut, he led the crowd in his classic “Woo!” cheer, leaving his face covered in blood in the process. At one point, Flair also faked a heart attack and appeared exhausted.
The only way to end Flair’s first match since 2011 was with his signature figure-four leglock. Nearly 10,000 fans packed Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee, to witness him pull off the feat. The 73-year-old Flair reportedly had the crowd at his command throughout the match.
In their match against Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett, Flair teamed up with his son-in-law, Andrade El Idolo. A few minutes later, Flair was helped out of the ring, and he was able to meet his family and wrestler royalty in Bret Hart, Mick Foley, and The Undertaker.
As Flair put it, “I had one of my best matches of my career here with Ricky Steamboat. All my family is here.” He continued, “We made jokes about me being married five times. All the kids are here. One wife, but all my granddaughters.”
The Nature’s Boy also said, “My friends are here. I swear to God, guys. If I did not have enough pressure on me tonight, Kid Rock walked into the locker room tonight.”
The WCW and WWE legend clearly labored during the nearly 30-minute match. But even in the midst of heavy hitting from Andrade, Lethal, and Jarrett, he still managed to land chops, punches, and a donkey kick. During the fight, Flair even took one of Lethal’s suplexes.
Jarrett accidentally struck Lethal with his guitar shot when Andrade pulled Flair aside. Conrad Thompson, Flair’s other son-in-law, then handed brass knuckles to Andrade, who handed them to Flair. In the final move of the match, Flair used them to strike Jarrett before putting him in his finishing move.