WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair is reportedly planning a comeback. According to Dave Meltzer, the Nature Boy, who turned 73 in February, is training to wrestle again for the first time since 2011.
There’s no word on when or where Flair will return to the ring, or who he’ll be working with, but on April 18, Flair posted video of an in-ring training session with AEW star Jay Lethal. Earlier this week, Flair shared a Round 2 video with Lethal. Both Flair-Lethal videos are available below.
Today, Flair posted a tweet a video from his second training program with Lethal, which can be seen below, and remarked on in-ring basics. As I previously stated, this is all about the basics. You can’t really work if you can’t knock, punch, or both! WOOOOO! @TheLethalJay, Flair penned the piece.
Flair stated in November 2021 that he could wrestle another match because he is in better shape than he was more than 20 years ago on March 26, 2001, when he and Sting wrestled on the final episode of WCW Monday Nitro.
Definitely, and a lot of discussion. That conversation did not take place, but could I do it? Yes. In the November 2021 interview, Flair stated, “I’m in better shape now than I was when Sting and I wrestled the last match on Nitro.” Even though he’s been released, WWE won’t let him do anything. They have so much liability, and I told them I would sign anything, but no one desires me to die on their watch. I’d prefer to die in the circle. If I have to leave. I’d like to not jump from the 19th floor or invest another 31 days in the intensive care unit.
Flair retirement fight with Shawn Michaels
Flair lost his retirement fight to WWE Hall of Famer Shawn Michaels at WWE WrestleMania 24 in 2008. The following year, he worked an Unsanctioned Match on RAW against current RAW Tag Team Champion Randy Orton, and then continued to work four fights with WWE Hall of Famer Hulk Hogan on the Hulkamania tour in November 2009. Ric Flair also functioned 11 TNA/Impact Wrestling matches in 2010 and 2011, losing to WWE Hall of Famer Sting on the September 15, 2011 version of Impact. Flair sustained an arm injury in that fight, which was heavily criticised and required editing.
Flair left WWE in August 2011 after becoming dissatisfied with creative decisions. He later made a cameo at the NWA 73rd Anniversary Special and the AAA Triplemania XXIX event.