Ric Flair's Last Match HOT TAKE
Do we even need to say the name at this point?
Wheelin' and Dealin'!
Son of a Gun!
Of course not.
Ric Flair is embedded in the heart and soul, the DNA, of professional wrestling, forever.
He is a living, walking representation of what the National Wrestling Alliance was, at its height and what it represented to the pure professional wrestling fan, the fans who loved the athletic combat, the drama, the sport of the King of Sports.
For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.
For every chop, every figure four, every woo inside the squared circle, there was a memory made, four fingers raised, a smile erected.
It's impossible to mathematically calculate how many fans Ric Flair touched just by stepping into the spotlight and letting the Big Gold Belt glisten into the darkness while waiting for the bell to ring.
It's impossible to imagine how many hands reached out from the crowd to touch the many immaculate robes that Flair wore to the ring to accentuate his flowing blonde locks and that championship belt.
It's impossible to lock in one how many fans jumped up and down when they believed Ric Flair was on the brink of defeat, only to stand there shocked when he - again! - kicked out and kept fighting.
It's impossible to believe that someone so vibrant, someone so talented, someone who meant so much to Jim Crockett Promotions, to the NWA, to WCW, to professional wrestling itself could ever truly have a Last Match, no matter what.
Yet that's the reality FITE fans will witness when Ric Flair steps back into the ring for the last time when the resurrected Jim Crockett Promotions returns to life to present Ric Flair's Last Match on Sunday July 31st live from Nashville, TN.
Nashville is a fitting city and the Municipal Auditorium is a fitting venue - after all, Flair and Ricky Steamboat's battle at Wrestlewar 1989 is the stuff of legend, a perfect championship victory from the "Nature Boy" to cap a perfect trilogy of classics.
The ghosts of Nashville for Flair are many. It is where he defeated Randy Savage for the WCW World Championship at Starrcade ‘95. It's where Flair was attacked and piledriven onto a table by Terry Funk. It's where he battled the likes of Sting and Lex Luger and countless eras, but the reality is this…
The ghosts, for Ric Flair, are everywhere. There isn't a major arena in any city that Ric Flair hasn't battled his way through. There isn't a bar that doesn't carry a Ric Flair story with it anywhere in the world. There isn't a wrestling event today, that in some form or fashion, isn't paying tribute, even subsciously, to what Ric Flair created with his work ethic, competitive spirit and all our charisma.
From Harley Race to Hulk Hogan, from Dusty Rhodes to Kerry Von Erich, from Curt Hennig to Jerry Lawler and every other star you can namedrop, Ric Flair battled them all and in doing so, ingratiated himself into the happiest of memories for professional wrestling fans in every single corner of the globe, forever.
There isn't one among us who hasn't strutted, hasn't chopped and hasn't let out a mighty Woo in tribute to Ric Flair over the years and now on July 31st, we all get to gather in one place, at one time, right here on FITE united to see The Nature Boy do all that himself one last mighty time.
One last walk of the aisle.
One last strut.
One last figure-four leglock.
One last series of chest-thundering chops.
One last Woo.
One last spotlight, The Nature Boy glittering into the darkness.
One last night, not because he's been ordered to retire.
One last night, not because he needs the money grab.
No, one last night, so he can close the storybook career on his terms, in front of his people, in front of his ring.
Ric Flair has fought as a hero and as a villain, he's been the leader of the Four Horsemen, the interloper in the WWF, the defender of WCW, the embodiment of the NWA and the Dirtiest Player in the game, but on July 31st on FITE, he walks the aisle one last time - as Ric Flair, the living legend, seeking to close the final chapter inside the squared circle the way he wants to do so.
If there was ever someone who deserved to carve out their own final chapter, it's Ric Flair.
He does so July 31st, live on FITE.
Join us for the majesty, the nostalgia, the emotion and the magic - and own a piece of it forever as part of the Ric Flair's Last Match Bundle, which includes an autographed plaque of Flair with a piece of the ring mat from his Final Match, a precious keepsake to remind you, for all time, where you were when the Limo Riding, Jet Flying, Kiss Stealing, Wheelin' and Dealin', Son of a Gun strutted for the final time outside of the squared circle.
Diamonds are Forever, and so is Ric Flair…One Last Time….live on FITE.