Ric Flair has revealed that he turned down the chance to headline WrestleMania 24, instead preferring to leave the honour to Edge and The Undertaker.
At WrestleMania 24 Ric Flair met Shawn Michaels knowing that if he lost his career was over. In the match Flair rolled back the years one more time before being defeated by Michaels.
The final sequence of the match, where HBK apologises to Flair before delivering Sweet Chin Music has become one of the most replayed moments in WrestleMania history.
On the night, the emotionally charged contest was fifth on the bill, nestled into the middle of the card. However, speaking on his To Be The Man podcast, Flair revealed that he and Michaels were offered the chance to appear in the main event.
Perhaps surprisingly, Flair said that he turned down the offer leaving the honour to the World Champion. On that occasion, the champion was Edge who was defending his title against The Undertaker. The show closed with Undertaker saluting the crowd after capturing the World Heavyweight Championship.
“They actually asked me if I wanted to go on last in Orlando and I said, ‘God, absolutely not,’” Flair said. “I loved the attention I was getting but I wasn’t gonna ask the World Champion, whoever it was at that time, to go over and say, ‘Hey, thank you for this [main-event spot].’”
Continuing on, Flair said he believes he made the right choice in not going on last.
“I’d rather know that it’s one of the greatest moments, I think, in the history of the business, because it was very real… number one,” Flair continued. “Number two, I was working with the best worker in the history of the business. And number three, it was my life.”
While Flair initially stuck to his retirement stipulation he eventually returned to the ring in 2010, appearing in a series of match in TNA, which would later become IMPACT Wrestling.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.