Scheduled to retire at the end of July, Ric Flair has made a final challenge to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon for the same weekend!
Surrounding SummerSlam weekend this year is Starrcast V, with Ric Flair’s Last Match being the big driving force behind this. ‘The Nature Boy’ is set to officially hang up his boots on Sunday, 31 July with an event promoted under the Jim Crockett Promotions banner.
When the 16-time World Champion initially retired in 2008, he went on a streak of matches as various WWE Superstars attempted to send Ric Flair into retirement. Ultimately, Shawn Michaels would be the one to retire ‘Naitch’ at WrestleMania XXIV, but among those who tried and failed was WWE Chairman, Vince McMahon.
Flair and McMahon did battle on the 17 March 2008 edition of Monday Night Raw, concluding when ‘The Dirtiest Player In The Game’ sent McMahon crashing through a table. This marked the fourth and final bout between the two but if Ric Flair had his way as discussed on the To Be A Man podcast, a fifth match would be held at SummerSlam (h/t Sportskeeda Wrestling):
“I’m gonna text Vince today and say, ‘I think you and I should have one last encounter at SummerSlam… we deserve it… before I retire the next day. Vince McMahon against Ric Flair… I’ll take the bumps, Vince just punches me, I’ll take a blade. The crowd will go crazy! I’ll fall on my face. How easy is that?”
Together, Ric Flair and Vince McMahon have contested an additional three matches, including a Street Fight at the 2002 Royal Rumble pay-per-view. McMahon defeated Flair a few months later to earn complete ownership of WWE. A SmackDown tag team match – alongside Triple H and Kurt Angle, respectively – completes this trilogy.
Ric Flair’s Last Match will begin at 6:05pm EST (11:05pm for UK fans) airing live on Fite TV. A full card is yet to be announced, though speculation has been rife regarding who, exactly, will collide with Ric Flair in his official retirement match.
The former eight-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion last wrestled on 12 September 2011 (aired 15 September) as he lost to former WCW rival Sting on that night’s IMPACT Wrestling episode.