10 Fascinating Final Matches From Famous Wrestlers
10. Ric Flair
Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair at WrestleMania XXIV would have been a brilliant way for The Nature Boy to go out. Everyone seems to agree on that. One of the greatest of all-time losing to another one of the all-time greats in a fantastic, emotional match was simply the right way to call it a career. If only he'd stopped.
If we look past a street fight against Randy Orton the following year in WWE, Flair went to TNA to battle the likes of Abyss, Mick Foley, and Jay Lethal in the ring. He wrestled 11 matches there, winning exactly two of them. But his final televised match was against his arch-rival Sting on 12th September, 2011.
Now, the two did have an emotional match over 10 years earlier on the final Nitro, but the TNA finale wasn’t built as any sort of farewell. It was a largely meaningless match with no real consequences. While Sting as the opponent was fine for a final showdown, the circumstances around it were forgettable.
Even Ric wishes that he could take this one (and all of his TNA work) back.
As Rust Cohle from True Detective said "Life's barely long enough to get good at one thing. So be careful what you're good at."
Sadly, I can't solve a murder like Rust...or change a tire, or even tie a tie. But I do know all the lyrics to Hulk Hogan's "Real American" theme song and can easily name every Natural Born Thriller from the dying days of WCW. I was once ranked 21st in the United States in Tetris...on the Playstation 3 version...for about a week.
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