As he’s preparing for his last match, Ric Flair confirms that he’s working through an injury.
Back in May, Ric Flair announced that he would be returning to the ring one last time at Starrcast V under the banner of Jim Crockett Promotions. The WWE Hall of Famer hasn’t wrestled in more than a decade, with his last match to date coming in September 2011 when he was defeated by Sting during a stint with IMPACT Wrestling.
Earlier this week, it was confirmed that he would be teaming with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to take on the team of Jay Lethal and fellow WWE Hall of Famer Jeff Jarrett. Andrade married Ric’s daughter Charlotte Flair in May. Charlotte has been taking a break from WWE television following a storyline injury, and is expected to be present at her father’s retirement match.
The Nature Boy has grand plans for his retirement match, saying that it has to surpass anything he did following his previous retirement match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24. He also promises that not only will he bleed in the match, he will also do a move off the top rope.
However, speaking to Busted Open, Ric Flair confirmed that he’s been dealing with a foot injury for some time.
“I have plantar fasciitis in the bottom of my foot. Other than that, I am perfect. That damn thing is sore as shit. I’m at the doctor right now. They are gonna start injecting me with stuff.”
When asked if he expected the foot pain to be an issue during his match, he made it clear that while it affects him in his daily life, he’ll do what he has to do to keep it from interfering in the match he’s been training hard for.
“I would just deaden it if I have to. You know me. It affects me daily. It’s hard running the ropes with the center of your foot…the middle of your foot is so sensitive. I’ve been training hard, doing two-a-days.”
Ric Flair also joked that he’s happy he’s wrestling in a tag match as he’ll be able to hide himself a little more.