WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair has recalled Pat Patterson telling him that he had competed in the “worst championship match” that Patterson had ever seen.
Ric Flair is a recognised 16-time champion of the world but only two of those reigns came during his time in WWE in the early nineties when he captured the WWE Championship twice. The first of those reigns famously came when The Nature Boy won the title in the 1992 Royal Rumble match – considered by many as the finest Rumble match of all time.
Flair’s second reign as WWE Championship and lasted just over a month in the autumn of 1992. During that reign, Ric Flair was tasked with defending the championship at live events against former WWE Champion, The Ultimate Warrior.
Speaking on his Wooooo Nation Uncensored podcast Flair explained why the matches with Warrior were not good and how wrestling legend and first-ever Intercontinental Champion Pat Patterson called one bout among the worst he’d ever witnessed:
“We wrestled twice, maybe three times. We just didn’t have any chemistry. We were in Winnipeg, Canada, and I wrestled Warrior. We came back, Pat Patterson said, ‘That’s the worst championship match I’ve ever seen.’ I said, ‘Pat, you don’t have to tell me, I was in it.’ Because he [Warrior] sent me over a three-page letter to memorise.”
Flair went on to say that using pre-written matches is not how he likes to do things because you have to hope the crowd agrees with what has been planned:
“I don’t do that. I had to with Randy [Savage] because it was basically pushed on me. But Randy and DDP [Diamond Dallas Page] and a few other guys like to write it all down, which is fine, but you have to hope that the crowd is gonna feel about the match the way that you’ve written it down.”