Ric Flair's final pro wrestling match went 26 minutes last night, with the 73-year-old and son-in-law Andrade El Idolo defeating Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal in Nashville, Tennessee.
Fortunately, despite the 'Nature Boy' bleeding bucketloads and appearing barely able to move of his own volition for periods, the protagonist is doing fine, physically.
Flair was able to get up and cut a ringside promo following his victory, then walk up the ramp without significant assistance. ESPN's Marc Raimondi later confirmed that the legend was "completely fine" at his after-party:-
PWInsider's Mike Johnson, meanwhile, reports that two doctors checked Ric out following the match. They were waiting for the 73-year-old as he came through the curtain and arrived backstage. But while Flair was "spent" following the bout, somebody who had spoken with him claimed Ric was doing "great" - and well enough to head to the after-party at Kid Rock's Nashville bar.
This will come as welcome news to anyone put off by the bout, which saw Flair rendered barely unable to move for extended periods, particularly towards the end. One particularly worrying moment saw Ric fail to slide a pair of brass knuckles over his fingers. Seemingly convulsing, the 16-time World Champion required assistance from Andrade.
As well as being billed as his last match, last night was also Flair's first since September 2011. The 73-year-old was fitted with a pacemaker after undergoing four heart attacks in a seven-week period in 2018.