Ric Flair returned to the professional wrestling scene last week with AEW. That doesn’t mean the legendary “Nature Boy” is getting ready for one last match. Not that he wouldn’t agree.
“I’m ready for it,” Flair, 74, told ESPN. But they won’t let that happen.
Flair says he recently signed a contract with AEW, though he’s not sure how often he’ll appear on television and pay-per-view events. AEW announced today that Flair has signed The promotion will be accompanied by a multi-year contract. In addition to that on-screen pact, Flair’s ‘Woooo!’ Energy Drink is the official energy drink sponsor of AEW. The announcement was made on Thursday. Flair also has his own marijuana strain called “Ric Flair Drip”, a takeoff on songs by rapper Offset and Metro Boomin.
“Rick has long since cemented his legacy as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time,” AEW CEO Tony Khan said in an announcement. “And now his world-renowned personality and amazing wrestling mind will be major assets to AEW’s programming and our position globally.”
In his new role with AEW, Flair is placed alongside his longtime friend and former wrestling rival, Sting. Sting (Steve Borden), 64, announced last month that he will retire from the ring in March 2024. Flair will be on a farewell tour.
Over the past three years with AEW, Sting has pulled off some pretty daring feats, especially for someone his age. He jumped off the balcony and ladder and into the table. Flair said that even if it’s not his last match, he wants to at least take “one more push.” Flair said that if AEW wanted him to go through a table, he would.
“You can’t be a manager and not interrupt,” Flair said. “It doesn’t make sense. You have to feed and jump and move around. And I do all that. I train hard, so we’ll see. I’m ready for anything.”
In 2017, Flair suffered kidney failure from a ruptured intestine and went septic as he battled the infection. He was suffering from heart failure and infection. Flair was on life support for two weeks and he told ESPN last year that he was given only a 15% chance of survival. He then underwent four heart surgeries and had a pacemaker installed in 2018.
Last year, Flair had what he said would be his last match, a tag team clash with his son-in-law Andre El Idolo against Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal. Flair passed out multiple times during the match, though he was able to finish it. Flair said he was dehydrated during the match because he didn’t drink enough water beforehand.
Aside from some risky stunts, Flair has other wishes for his time in AEW. He wants to manage Andrade, who is married to Flair’s daughter Charlotte, a WWE star. He wants to have a “promo fight” in the ring with MJF, the AEW Champion and, at 27 years old, the best young wrestler in the world.
“Let’s see what you got,” Flair said.