WWE Hall of Famer and all round wrestling legend The Undertaker has been pictured with a current AEW star.
On July 31st Ric Flair stepped into the ring for the last time. More than a decade on from his last match against Sting, the Nature Boy said farewell in the headline spot of a special event run under the Jim Crockett Promotions banner.
In the match Flair teamed with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to defeat Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal. While the match was occasionally uncomfortable for those watching as Flair pushed through a foot injury and every one of his 73 years to deliver as many of his signature spots as possible.
The event was attended by the great and the good of professional wrestling with Mick Foley, Bret Hart and The Undertaker being shown in the crowd.
Andrade El Idolo has now shared a photo of himself backstage with The Deadman. Speaking after the match, the AEW star described the match as “the most important of his career,” calling Flair an “inspiration.”
— “EL IDOLO” ANDRADE (@AndradeElIdolo) August 4, 2022
Outside of the ring, it appears that the special event was also a financial success. Writing in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Dave Meltzer noted that “It would have to be called the second biggest independent pro wrestling show in the U.S of modern times.” Aside from All In in 2018, the show was the most successful event of this generation.
The show drew 6,800 fans with a live gate worth $448,502. The second largest indie gate in North American wrestling history.
The one-off card achieved between 20,000 and 25,000 streaming pay-per-view buys, with an additional 4,200 in television cable buys.