Wrestling for over 50 years, Ric Flair is considered by many to be the greatest wrestler of all time. He held 16 World Championships (21 if you ask Flair) over his glistening career and was the first ever two-time WWE Hall of Famer.
He has had some of the greatest matches of all time, like his bouts with Shawn Michaels, Dusty Rhodes and Ricky Steamboat. However, he also had some of the worst, especially in his later years in TNA.
However, Ric Flair’s opinion on his last match is much different than what most people think and will be a big surprise for many fans of “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
Ric Flair’s Worst Match
During a recent Q&A edition of his To Be The Man podcast, Ric Flair was asked about the worst match he had ever had. The 16 time world champion spoke about wrestling in Kansas city in a “stinker”, claiming he went an hour in a match that was hard to watch.
Ric Flair would not reveal who the mystery man was that even he could not get a good match out of. He was too respectful for that, but emphasised that “I’ve had some stinkers” in regards to that match in Kansas City.
“Oh gosh, I had a lot of bad ones. I had a lot of stinkers. I think it was one it was, it would have been somewhere in the Kansas City territory wrestling against someone that hadn’t wrestled an hour, and that list is too long to point out anybody.
“I mean, I can’t even say they were passable. I’ll tell you the truth, I’ve had some stinkers, trust me. And I don’t want to point anybody out but I am just trying to think. I can’t name one person, but trust me, I’ve had some stinkers.”
Ric Flair’s Worst Match
While Ric Flair may consider his worst match that unknown bout in Kansas City, the wider wrestling world has a hard disagree on that point.
Many say that Ric Flair’s last match was his worst. The tag team bout, where he teamed with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to take on Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal, was panned by critics who were worried that Flair would die in the ring.
Flair was 73 at the time of his last match, and about 15 years after he should of stopped wrestling. He was a shadow of his former self and it was a sad state of affairs watching him kill himself inside the ring, as legends of the ring like The Undertaker watched on.
However, the users of Cagematch have another match as his worst singles match ever. Coming it an a astoundingly low 0.86 rating out of ten, Ric Flair’s worst match (in singles competition) was his clash with fellow WWE Hall of Famer “Rowdy” Roddy Piper at The Great American Bash 1999.
The pair wrestled for control of WCW but should have been nowhere near a ring. Out of shape, old and barely mobile, both men doddered around the ring trying their best to put on a passable match.
The basics were there but their bodies could not move as they once did. The heel-face divide was also confusing, with Piper starting the match by spitting square in Flair’s face – a heel move as old as time.
The ending was even stupider. Buff Bagwell attacked Flair, allowing him to win the match by disqualification and retain the presidency of WCW. He and Piper then teamed up to attack Bagwell, something that was never explained and makes zero sense.
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