Ric Flair Comments on Passing Out Twice During His Last Match
A recent episode of the To Be The Man podcast had co-host Ric Flair discuss a variety of topics. One of the topics discussed included Flair revealing that he had passed out twice during his tag team match at last month’s Ric Flair’s Last Match event in Nashville, Tennessee.
“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 weighty 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.
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 six beers there. He took them out of my hand and said, ‘You’re drinking two 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.”
Transcript h/t: Fightful.com
Mickie James Comments on Future of Her In-Ring Career
While responding to a recent fan’s question on Twitter, Mickie James revealed that she is currently considering retiring from her in-ring wrestling career.
In a follow up tweet, James expanded on her thoughts of her very likely being done as an active wrestler.
I appreciate you. Honestly I’ve been so blessed & love my fans so much! I wouldn’t have had all this without you. What is left for me to prove anymore? What else can I do? Id rather bow out screaming “Womens Wrestling Matters” from the top of the mountain than the valley. ♥️ https://t.co/D2rpLgPjVF— Mickie James~Aldis (@MickieJames) August 10, 2022
Misc. Wrestling News & Notes
As noted before, former wrestler Tammy Sytch was arrested this past May in Florida following a police investigation into a fatal car accident involving Sytch this past March. PWInsider’s Mike Johnson reported that Sytch’s pre-trial hearing that had been scheduled to take place today was pushed back to a new date of October 13th based on recent court records.
Pro Wrestling NOAH recently announced that Keiji Mutoh will be performing under his past ring name of The Great Muta at their September 3rd event in Osaka, Japan.
The National Wrestling Alliance recently announced that Missa Kate, Madi (also known as Madi Wrenkowski in AEW & indies), and Angelina Love are the next set of official participant for their The Burke Invitational Battle Royal match at their NWA 74 Night 1 event on August 27th in St. Louis, Missouri.
The NWA also recently announced three new matches for their NWA 74 event on August 27-28 in St. Louis:
- Aug. 27th, Night 1 – EC3 vs. Mims
- Aug. 28th, Night 2 – MLW National Openweight Championship – Thrillbilly Silas vs. Davey Richards (c)
- Aug. 28th, Night 2 – NWA United States Tag Team Championship 10-Team Battle Royal – Miserably Faithful (Sal The Pal & Gaagz The Gymp), The Now (Hale Collins & Vik Dalishus), The Ill Begotten (Alex Taylor & Rush Freeman), Gold Rushhh (Jordan Clearwater & Marshe’ Rockett), The Fixers (Wrecking Ball Legursky & Jay Bradley), The Country Gentlemen (AJ Cazana & Anthony Andrews), Hawx Aerie (Luke & PJ Hawx), Team Ambition (Mike Outlaw & Camaro Jackson), TBA, TBA
Major League Wrestling recently announced a new match for the card of their Summer Series event on September 18th in Norcross, Georgia:
- MLW World Heavyweight Championship – Bandido vs. Alex Hammerstone (c)
New Japan Pro Wrestling recently announced three new matches for their NJPW Strong themed Fighting Spirit Unleashed 2022 event on August 21st in Los Angeles, California:
- Taiji Ishimori vs. Alan Angels
- Adrian Quest vs. “Pretty” Peter Avalon
- Che Cabrera vs. Aaron Solo
DEFY Wrestling recently announced a new match for the card of their Doomsayer event on August 20th in Seattle, Washington:
- Bobby Fish vs. Yuya Uemura
Impact Wrestling recently announced seven new matches for the card of their Second City Slamm themed Impact! television tapings on August 13th in Chicago, Illinois:
- 6-Way Elimination match – Eddie Edwards vs. Steve Maclin vs. Moose vs. Rich Swann vs. Bandido vs. Sami Callihan
- Four-way match – Black Taurus vs. Laredo Kid vs. Rey Horus vs. Trey Miguel
- VXT (Chelsea Green & Deonna Purrazzo) vs. Mia Yim & Jordynne Grace
- Mike Bennett vs. Karl Anderson
- Kenny King vs. Heath
- Killer Kelly vs. Savannah Evans
- Violent By Design (Deaner, Joe Doering, & Eric Young) vs. Motor City Time Splitters (Alex Shelley, Chris Sabin, & KUSHIDA)