Tonight, Ric Flair will compete in his final match when he teams with Andrade El Idolo to take on Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett. While speaking to TMZ Sports, Flair hinted that he will be bleeding in the bout at some point.
“I know people think all I have to do is get in the ring and strut around and go ‘wooo’ and do this [holds hand up to forehead]. I’ve got to give them a lot more than that to satisfy myself and to have you guys saying on Monday, ‘Holy shit. What the hell just happened? How can that guy be 73?’ That’s my goal right now. On Monday morning for you guys to be going, ‘What the shit. How did he ever pull that off?’ Brother, I’ll have one [a blade] tied to my finger a mile long. [Makes blading gesture]. When all else fails [laughs]. I’ll take a lot of pressure off of myself the minute I get to that. For years I couldn’t work without it.”
Flair also stated that he has no concerns regarding his health despite having a pacemaker in his chest. He also noted that he has been drinking again heading into the bout:
“I haven’t asked anybody since I started training. No one has told me no. Outside of being treated for the plantars, I haven’t been back to the heart doctor. I feel great. My heart, at my age with the pacemaker, you’re supposed to never take your heart rate 50 points above your age. I should never take it over 130. Yesterday, riding a bike, I got it to 193. If there is something plugged up, it hasn’t backed up on me yet. [laughs]. I’ve had it up to 203. I’ve been doing 500 free squats and shit like that, like I used to. 500 in 12 minutes. They think I’m counting from 490 and making a joke. I’ll be doing 500 again tomorrow, take a day off, 500 on Friday, and probably ride the bike Saturday and Sunday and enjoy it. I guarantee I’ll be drinking every night. I don’t do good when I don’t drink at night. I’m like Lawrence Taylor.”
Ric Flair’s Last Match event takes place tonight at the Nashville Municipal Auditorium with it streaming on Fite TV with the price listed as $34.99 with the main card starting at 6:05 pm ET.
This will mark the first time Flair has wrestled in 11 years. Here is the final card for the event:
Ric Flair & Andrade El Idolo vs. Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal (w/ Karen Jarrett)
Impact World Champion Josh Alexander defends against Jacob Fatu
Impact Knockouts Champion Jordynne Grace defends against Deonna Purrazzo and Rachael Ellering in a three-way match
Ricky & Kerry Morton (w/ Robert Gibson) vs. Brian Pillman Jr. & Brock Anderson (w/ Arn Anderson).
Rey Fenix vs. Laredo Kid vs. Taurus vs. Bandido
The Wolves (Davey Richards & Eddie Edwards) vs. Motor City Machine Guns (Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin)
Killer Kross (w/ Scarlett Bordeaux) vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr.
Ren Narita vs. Yuya Uemura
The Von Erichs (Marshall & Ross Von Erich) vs. The Briscoes (Jay & Mark Briscoe)
Jonathan Gresham vs. Nick Wayne vs. Alan Angels vs. Konosuke Takeshita
Bunkhouse Battle Royal: Competitors announced thus far: Bully Ray, James Storm, Crimson, Rickey Shane Page, Kommander, Sinn Bodhi, Big Damo, Crowbar, Brian Myers, Adam Priest, Gringo Loco , Wolfie D, Kal Herro.