Will Ric Flair lace up the boots one more time? (Picture: Fite/WWE)
Ric Flair has revealed he’s already in wrestling training again less than two months after his latest retirement match.
The WWE Hall of Famer returned to the ring for the Ric Flair’s Last Match show on July 31 as he teamed up with his son-in-law Andrade El Idol to beat Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal.
The bout was billed as his final match, after he initially retired following a WrestleMania loss to Shawn Michaels in 2008, before an in-ring run in TNA Wrestling ending with a match against Sting in 2011.
Now, his longtime in-ring rival Ricky ‘The Dragon’ Steamboat is poised for his own comeback for a Big Time Wrestling event in November, and it’s making the Nature Boy already consider one more bout.
Speaking to son-in-law Conrad Thompson on AdFreeShows.com, he admitted: ‘Steamboat coming back makes me want to come back again. I went back up to Lincoln and started training again. What else is there to do?’
The 73-year-old former world champion hailed Steamboat as one of the best of all time, and insisted he’s still ‘better’ than half of the current crop of wrestlers around the world.
‘It’s one of those deals where nobody’s ever going to be Ricky Steamboat. So they might as well watch him while they can and enjoy the opportunity, because there never will be another Ricky Steamboat,’ he said.
‘At every level, he’s better than 50 per cent of the guys in the business today, and he wouldn’t get in the ring if he wasn’t.
‘He holds himself to a very high standard, and I imagine he’ll probably look better than the guys he’s in the ring with because he’s always in good shape.’
Flair was pleased with his performance in his match over the summer, although he alter admitted he passed out twice during the bout due to dehydration.
He said: ‘I don’t think people realise that I passed out twice. What happened was, my regimentation for training was so strict that I kept my weight on. I wanted my perfect weight to be like 220lbs going in.
‘So, the last day and a half, aside from all the work that we had planned for me to do, I didn’t hydrate cause I had it in my mind that I had to weigh 219lbs. So anyway, I went to the ring at about 217lbs. What happened during the body of the match, I just became dehydrated.’