‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair has sent his well wishes to one of his former Four Horseman partners, Steve ‘Mongo’ McMichael who has revealed he is battling ALS.
In a pro football career that lasted 14 years, McMichael became a Super Bowl champion, and a Chicago bears legend. After hanging up his football helmet, McMichael transitioned into the world of professional wrestling. After briefly appearing on WWE television in mid-1995, ‘Mongo’ moved to WCW where he would compete until 1999.
McMichael recently spoke to the Chicago Tribune about his battle with the disease:
“I know what it feels like to go in the weight room and do a set of three with 725 pounds on the squat rack,” McMichael says. “Now? When I get up and try to move? It feels like I’m doing 1,000 [bleeping] pounds. And it’s just exhausting straining that hard. That’s what my world is now.”
“One neurologist I saw suggested to me that ‘Maybe the damage you did to yourself opened the door for what’s happening [now].’ But there are other people who get this where it just opens the door itself and kicks their ass.”
Ric Flair took to social media to send his best wishes to McMichael:
“Mongo, You Were Our Hero Long Before You Came To Us In Wrestling. A Super Bowl Champion And A Natural Born Horseman. You More Than Lived Up To Your Reputation! The Pearly Gates Are Something A Lot Of Us Contemplate. Keep Up The Good Fight! We Love You!”
Mongo, You Were Our Hero Long Before You Came To Us In Wrestling. A Super Bowl Champion And A Natural Born Horseman. You More Than Lived Up To Your Reputation! The Pearly Gates Are Something A Lot Of Us Contemplate. Keep Up The Good Fight! We Love You! 🙏🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/fcxFP0SAin
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) April 24, 2021
McMichael joined Flair and the Horseman at the Great American Bash in 1996. After initially feuding with Flair and Arn Anderson, McMichael turned on fellow footballer-turned-wrestler Kevin Greene to join the legendary group.