On July 31st Ric Flair stepped into the ring for the final time on a card stacked with inter-promotional matches, but how did Dave Meltzer rate the action?
After more than a decade out of the ring, Ric Flair decided that he was going to “walk that aisle” one more time on July 31st 2022.
On a special card promoted by Conrad Thompson under the Jim Crockett Promotions banner, Flair teamed with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to defeat Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal.
While much of the match was fought at what can only be described as a pedestrian pace, Flair sprinkled in his signature spots before Karen Jarrett and Ric Flair’s daughter Megan (Conrad’s wife) got into a altercation at ringside. Megan got involved after Double J hit Flair with his wife’s shoe.
In typical Flair fashion he bled one last time, and even took a Suplex from Lethal which left the crowd holding their breath. To add insult to injury, Jarrett locked in the Figure Four on his bloodied foe.
After Andrade broke up the submission, the action continued leading to Jay Lethal inadvertently taking out referee Chioda. With the referee down, Jarrett went to smash a guitar over Flair’s head, but he ducked and only hit his partner.
Then as the match reached its finale, Conrad Thompson launched a set of brass knuckles to Andrade who handed them to his father-in-law to lay out Jarrett. With Double J worse for wear, Flair applied the Figure Four as Jarrett’s shoulders were counted to the mat.
Elsewhere on the card, Killer Kross defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr, The Briscoes overcame the Von Erich’s and Rey Fenix defeated Bandido, Taurus and Laredo Kid in what has been rated as the match of the night.
Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer has given his ratings for the matches at the much talked about event.
Dave Meltzer Ratings – Ric Flair’s Last Match
- Ren Narita vs. Yuya Uemura **3/4
- Bunkhouse Battle Royal *
- Motor City Machine Guns vs. The Wolves ***1/4
- Killer Kross vs. Davey Boy Smith Jr. **1/4
- Jonathan Gresham vs. Alan Angels vs. Konosuke Takeshita vs. Nick Wayne ***1/4
- Brian Pillman Jr & Brock Anderson vs. Rick & Kerry Morton **1/4
- Rey Fenix vs. Bandido vs. Taurus vs. Laredo Kid ****1/2
- The Briscoes vs. The Von Erichs **3/4
- Jordynne Grace vs. Rachael Ellering vs. Deonna Purrazzo **1/2
- Ric Flair & Andrade El Idolo vs. Jeff Jarrett & Jay Lethal (NO RATING)