Ric Flair’s Last Match News & Notes
Brian “Road Dogg” James, Impact Wrestling EVP Scott D’Amore, David Sahadi, Josh Matthews, and former AEW lead producer Keith Mitchell reportedly were the producers of Ric Flair’s Last Match event this past Sunday in Nashville, Tennessee, according to the Wrestling Observer Radio.
Dave Meltzer reported that two family doctors close to the Flair family were on hand backstage during Ric Flair’s Last Match event.
In regards to the changes to the event’s card, Meltzer reported that his sources stated that Major League Wrestling’s Alexander Hammerstone was originally booked to be involved in the Frank The Clown beatdown segment but was replaced with Jacob Fatu due to his flight being delayed. The Von Erichs vs. The Briscoes match reportedly was originally scheduled to go on earlier in the event but the match was pushed back to a latter spot in the card due to the Von Erichs flight from Hawaii being delayed.
In regards to injuries, Meltzer reported that Flair was stated to be feeling fine after his tag team match at the event. Rachael Ellering reportedly suffered a serious ankle injury early into the triple threat match for the Impact Knockouts World Championship.
Mick Foley Comments on Interest in Competing in One Last Match
Conrard Thompson held a recent interview with Mick Foley during this past weekend’s Starrcast V convention in Nashville, Tennessee. One of the topics discussed included Foley’s thoughts on his interest in doing a last match event similar to Ric Flair.
“Little known fact, my last actual match was against Ric in TNA. The only other thing I did in-ring after that was Royal Rumble 2012 and I did the thing where I came down against League of Nations WrestleMania (32). That’s not really a match if your opponents are forbidden from even touching you. I’m on the no touch list. This is my remembrance. I had lost 50 big ones [pounds], clearly put them all back on, I found those 50 big ones, and then some. I was down to 288 from 328, feeling good, but I hadn’t been in the ring in years. Sheamus comes up to me and goes, ‘I want you to hit me as hard as you can.’ I said, ‘I think I can make it look good without doing that.’ He goes, ‘As hard as you can, fella. As hard as you can.’ I hit that hardheaded SOB about 25 times to the point where I actually thought they sped up the tape because I didn’t think I could move that fast. To this day, I can still point to the spot on my forearm that is sore from hitting him six years ago and he was fine a minute later. Ric and I had a really good match with a lot of intensity. That was a great final match for me. I don’t count the part where I almost lit Frank The Clown’s testicles on fire. That was a confrontation.”
Transcript h/t: Fightful.com
Misc. Wrestling News & Notes
New Japan Pro Wrestling talent Karl Fredericks announced on Twitter that his contract with the company recently expired and he will be leaving the company.
During a recent interview with Yahoo Japan, NJPW talent Hiromu Takahashi revealed that several of his belongings were stolen from his hotel room during his recent stay in the United States for NJPW’s Music City Mayhem event in Nashville, Tennessee. (English translation via Fightful.com)
As noted before, Stardom recently announced that they will be debuting a new IWGP branded Women’s Championship this November that will be defended at NJPW events. During a recent interview with Tokyo Sports, Bushiroad Chairman Takaaki Kidani stated that he is currently planning for around eight IWGP Women’s Championship to be held per year in Stardom and NJPW combined. Kidani stated that at least one match would take place at a Stardom event and several times at NJPW’s domestic and overseas events per year. (English translation via @sg_oxxt)
Women of Wrestling recently announced that the revival of their weekly WOW TV series will premiere on the weekend of September 17th on CBS-owned television stations.
Major League Wrestling recently announced that they have officially signed Sam Leterna to become the newest member of their commentary team. It was announced that Leterna will be making her official debut for the company at the start of the upcoming new season for their MLW Fusion series this Fall.
Game Changer Wrestling and indies talent Cole Radrick recently announced on Twitter that he was involved in a car accident on Monday but everyone managed to walk away safely. In a follow up tweet, Radrick posted several links for those interested in helping him and his family financially for car repairs and getting their lives back on track.
Game Changer Wrestling recently announced a new match for the card of their Homecoming 2022 Part One event on August 13th in Atlantic City, New Jersey:
- GCW World Championship – EFFY vs. Jon Moxley