Ric Flair has reflected on one of his more famous WWE matches, describing it as “horrible.”
As WWE acquired WCW in early 2001 and the invasion angle kicked into gear, one Atlanta stalwart missing from the action was Ric Flair.
However, fast-forward to the the night after Survivor Series with the WCW and ECW Alliance defeated, and Ric Flair walked out on Monday Night Raw in his hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. Once in the ring Flair announced that he was the co-owner of the WWE to a stunned Vince McMahon.
Over the next few months the two men were at logger-heads, and their feud eventually led to a Street Fight at the Royal Rumble in 2002.
During the blood-soaked contest both men went all out in search of victory, with Flair eventually grabbing the win. The bout was Flair’s first in a WWE ring for nine years.
Speaking on a recent episode of his Wooooo Nation Uncensored podcast, the Nature Boy reflected on the violent brawl. Flair explained that he had joined WWE under the impression he wouldn’t be wrestling, as a result he said the match was “horrible” as he wasn’t ready for it.
“It was horrible. Yeah. I wasn’t ready for it. I went there (to WWE) with the idea that I would never wrestle. I was guaranteed that I would never wrestle. And, Mark (Madden), I had no self confidence. It was horrible,”
Despite this, he went on to praise Vince McMahon, calling him “fearless.”
“Well, it was just a thrill for me. I didn’t take anything for granted back then ’cause everything that was given to me was a gift. He’s (Vince McMahon) fearless. It’s not like you’re talking to a kid who’s never been in the ring.”
Flair’s comments come as Vince McMahon is reportedly preparing to get back into the ring at the age of 76. It has been reported that a match featuring McMahon is on the schedule for WrestleMania 38, and he will be squaring off against SmackDown announcer Pat McAfee.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.