Posts Tagged ‘Ric Flair’

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Details continue to emerge about Ric Flair’s recent health issues.

The WWE legend underwent surgery Monday for what was thought to be an intestinal blockage and wound up having part of his bowel removed, according to Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, who cites a source close to the Flair family.

The surgery, though, led to complications and as result Flair to be in hospital for over a month, Barrasso added

Flair’s fiancee, Wendy Barlow, told TMZ Sports on Wednesday that Flair is suffering from “multiple organ problems” and remains in critical condition. She also denied Flair had colon surgery, as WWE Hall of Fame announcer Gene Okerlund indicated on Facebook.

Flair was interviewed by Sports Illustrated on Aug. 9, during which he spoke about his struggles with alcohol.

“I had one vice,” he admitted. “I’m not going to point my finger at anybody else. My vice was drinking. I didn’t have any pain issues, addiction problems, marijuana, cocaine, nothing like that. I dealt with the fact that I kept myself up all night and had a good time, but I never put a good time ahead of my personal loyalty to myself or working out. I never had a great body, but I was always in the best shape.”

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WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair is currently resting after undergoing successful surgery on Monday afternoon, according to a statement from his manager.

Melinda Morris Zanoni of Legacy Talent and Entertainment, who represent Flair, issued the update on Twitter:-

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As per Zanoni, Flair was initially hospitalised for “routine monitoring,” with reports suggesting that his issues were heart-related. Her latest update confirms that this is not the case, and while Flair’s surgery went well, he remains in an intensive care unit. For what it’s worth, former WWE personality “Mean” Gene Okerlund noted on Facebook that Flair was in hospital for colon surgery.

WWE have addressed the situation on their official website, and again on last night’s Raw, with Michael Cole confirming ‘The Nature Boy’s’ successful surgery.

Zanoni had previously tweeted asking for “prayers and positive energy” for Flair’s “tough medical issues.” Ric was put into a medically induced coma ahead of yesterday’s procedure, and it was initially reported that he’d been scheduled for an operation later in the week. There’s no word on whether or not yesterday’s surgery fulfils this.

Details on the nature of Flair’s health issues remain scarce, but at least this is some positive news.

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Source: Ottawa Citizen

Charlotte Flair spoke with the Ottawa Citizen on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Fans hating her at first:

“When I debuted on the main roster, people just hated me. They were booing me. Social media got to me a bit. They were like, ‘She’s just there because she’s Ric Flair’s daughter.’ I was like, ‘Why doesn’t anybody like me?’ It really got to me. I had to make an executive decision and commit to being what people thought I was. If they think I’m going to be that way, act that way. So it was about committing to being, ‘Yeah, I’m Ric Flair’s daughter, yeah the dirtiest player in the game, yeah I’m entitled, yeah I got here without having to do anything.’ Now I just know how to turn up. It was more about understanding you’re just playing a role.”

Working as a face on SmackDown:

“Since I am a babyface now, I am going to put all my energy into being the best babyface ever. My comfort zone and where I feel most natural is being a heel. My character could stay the same and people like my character versus disliking it. It’s more me trying to figure out how that works and staying true to my character regardless of what side I’m on. I do feel more comfortable as a heel, but I’m taking the babyface challenge on as much as I can.”

How being Ric Flair’s daughter motivates her:

“It’s what has motivated and pushed me and been a constant force or reason to continue to get better every day. Just thinking of what an icon he is, wondering, if there wasn’t a Ric Flair, what some of the entertainers today would be like. Little kids now, it’s crazy of me to think they’re wooing because it’s me. Really, it’s their parents wooing because of my dad.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Sports Illustrated

Harley Race spoke with Sports Illustrated’s “Extra Mustard” section on his health and pro wrestling. Here are some of the highlights:

How he’s feeling after falling in his home and breaking both of his legs back in June:

“Right now, it’s the legs that are bothering me. I’m sitting here now with two legs that aren’t very good. They’re in route to recovery, and I’m right along with them. In a little amount of time, I’ll be up walking again.”

Inspiring generations of wrestlers like Ric Flair, Bret Hart, Steve Austin, and CM Punk:

“I love that. And it’s all true. I was the guy who would go out and do whatever he needed to do, no matter what.”

Being the “world’s champion”:

“Being world’s champion is what I set out in life to do. I’m one of the few people on earth that can say they completed, in every aspect, what they wanted to do with their life. …Whether it was sitting in a steak house eating a steak or getting onto the edge of the ring with two or three people standing there, it was all the same to me.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: Pensacola News Journal

The Pensacola News Journal has an interview with Charlotte Flair, who was promoting Saturday’s SmackDown live event in Pensacola. Below are some highlights:

Growing up as Ric Flair’s daughter:

“Growing up with a famous father, and one who mastered his craft, it’s one of those things where do you really want to be in the same profession?” she said. “I can’t imagine the pressure on, say, Michael Jordan’s kids. But for me, I think it’s molded me into the character that I am today. I think I definitely work out of my father’s shadow, but it was hard in the beginning. But I would never change my last name, and I couldn’t be more proud to carry on his legacy.”

Being a babyface on SmackDown:

“This is a new transition for me, but I will take it as a challenge to be the best babyface I can be. Obviously, my comfort level with my size, my demeanor and my presence, and where I had elevated myself to, is definitely as a heel. But I’m ready to see what I can do as a babyface!”

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Earlier this week The Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling welcomed Arn Anderson to episode #263 for a very rare 40 minute interview promoting his upcoming appearance at the Mid Atlantic Wrestle Expo (http://www.wrestleexporva.com) on May 20th in Richmond, Virginia. In this excerpt, The Enforcer reveals how close Ric Flair came to jumping with The Brain Busters to the WWF in 1988 as well as how Dusty Rhodes played an immense role in his career success. The full episode is available for download at this link.

The Impact Dusty Rhodes made on his career:

“Dusty is one of the few guys that to this day if he walked (and God bless him) onto my deck where I am sitting right now, I would just sit here with my jaw on the ground and thinking to myself- wow what a big star he is. I feel that way today, I feel that way and the first time that I ever met him I was star struck. He is one of those rare individuals that it just comes out of his pores. Dusty Rhodes was never Virgil Runnells, Dusty Rhodes was always Dusty Rhodes. It wasn’t something that he put on in the morning and took off at night, that is who he was and he was a huge star and a creative guy. One thing Dusty knew better than anything is Dusty knew how to program a show with him at the lead (and he should have been in the lead) and sell some tickets. I learned a lot from him just being in a ring with him like osmosis it elevated me and I know that. I watched that happen to a lot of guys and he was something special and there will only be one that is for sure.”

Did Dusty need the Horseman to be the perfect opponent for him in that era:

“I think Dusty needed The Horseman and The Horseman needed Dusty, I agree with that 100%. But you also filter in The Rock N’ Roll Express and you figure in all the other players like The Midnight Express, Ronnie Garvin and every body that was in that era that was contributing. We had a lot of packed houses and when you have Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner in the first and second match as good as those guys were it was just loaded top to bottom.”

How close did all Ric Flair come to joining the WWF in 1989 and reforming The Horseman:

“There was discussion about that. Before Tully and I left there was a lot of grey area on if Crockett was going to sell the company? Were they going to go bankrupt? It was all rumors and it didn’t come from any of the Crocketts but all rumors start somewhere. So there was discussion about Flair coming and as it turned out I don’t think anybody truly believed that Tully and I were going to make the move. There was some inside wrangling that wasn’t benefiting us and we couldn’t get an answer on some stuff so our thought was this: If a big hole goes in the middle of that ship there are only going to be so many life jackets. There had been feelers sent out over the years that Vince would like to have us and we felt that timing was everything and we did make that move. Ric decided against it but there was some discussion and everybody has to make their own business decisions and he made his and we made ours.”

 

Would JJ Dillon have played a role since he was working in the WWF office at that time:

“James J. Dillon was as much of a part of The Horseman as anyone of us. I feel that way to this day the same way I felt that way then. He added to our group, he was truly a mentor, truly a manager as far as organizational skills and he is just a good man and I call him a good friend to this day.”

Working a very memorable program with The Rockers:

“They were young and they did listen. We wrestled some teams before we got to The Rockers and I think they saw that what we were all about. I think our reputation spoke for us and we looked at those two kids and it was like “oh my God” it is Ricky and Robert if anything just a little younger and I don’t mean this in a derogatory sense but a little more athletic and maybe what they brought to the table. But no doubting that The Rockers and The Rock and Roll Express were on level playing field with each other but with Shawn Michaels you could see that he was special then and Marty Jannetty as well. If they trusted us and we were able to pull some time than we were able to tell a heck of a story with those guys. To his day if anyone asks me what is my favorite tag match I will say it is against The Rockers because they brought out the best in us and we brought out the best in them.”

Being paired with Bobby Heenan and The Heenan Family:

“Bobby Heenan had more heat than anyone else in the company. As well he should have. All he had to do was look at the crowd and the “weasel” chants were deafening which certainly helped and our affiliation with (Andre) The Giant and Haku. It was like they just welcomed us into the fold and it just helped to make that time and that year very special. I think a lot of people should be commended and certainly everyone in the company that helped make it happen but I feel like and I have no problem saying it and it is we held our end up and contributed as much as anyone else.”

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Source: Talk Is Jericho

Recently on Talk Is Jericho, professional wrestling great Chris Jericho spoke with WWE Hall Of Famer and WWE Monday Night RAW General Manager Kurt Angle. Among other things, Angle discussed some of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, and Shawn Michaels. Among other things, Angle shared his thoughts on Benoit’s matches going unseen, getting into a shoot fight with Guerrero, and his favorite WrestleMania bout.

According to Angle, he would actually have to raise his intensity level to compete with Benoit and said wrestling ‘The Rabid Wolverine’ was like looking at a mirror. The man who ‘Y2J’ used to call Kirk Angel claimed that he learned a lot from his Royal Rumble match with Benoit and that it is a shame that their matches will never been seen again.

“He was, he was. I never had anyone match my intensity the way he did. He was always there, blow for blow, it was just like a mirror. I was wrestling me. Actually, I picked up my intensity when I was working with Chris. But it does kind of suck that a lot of those matches are kind of forgotten, especially Royal Rumble (2003).” Angle continued, “it just had everything. It had submission trade-offs and this was, I mean, I would see Dean Malenko and [Jericho] do it, trade-off, here and there, in WCW, but this was really the first time and the whole match was based on it.”

Angle included Benoit on his personal list of top three professional wrestlers of all time, saying Benoit “could do it all” and that “he was incredible.”

“I’m sorry, but he has got to be in the top three of all time. I mean, you can’t deny that. I mean, even Bret Hart will tell you that.” Angle added, “I’m not going to excuse any of the things Chris did outside of wrestling, but when he was in that ring, he was possibly the greatest of all time.”

With respect to Guerrero, Angle said ‘Latino Heat’ may have been the best pro wrestler when he was healthy and that he was in his prime in WCW before being in a car accident.

“When Eddie was healthy, he could have been #1. I think Eddie was in his prime in WCW and the reason I say that is because he got in a car accident. That car accident did two things for him. It really inhibited what he could do after that. In other words, he had limits. He could still do a lot, but not like he used to. I used to watch him in WCW and be like, ‘wow, this kid’s incredible.’ But he almost couldn’t walk again after that accident, so yeah, yeah. Eddie was banged up when I wrestled him.” Angle recalled, “as good as he was in 2004, 2005, he had to be 10-times better back then. That’s mind-blowing. I mean, he could have been the absolute greatest of all time because when I wrestled him, he was still in that top three we were talking about, so Eddie had it all. He was so entertaining, but he also had all the technique. He was such a great wrestler and he got it. He got finishes. He knew how to structure them.”

Angle described an altercation he had backstage with Guerrero. Guerrero attempted a double-leg takedown on Angle, and ‘The Olympic Hero’ proceeded to choke out Guerrero.

“We had to jump Eddie out in the ring and I didn’t touch him, but we had these two big goon guys, Mark Jindrak and Luther Reigns! Horshu. They’re beating the hell out of Eddie, so we get heat on him at the end of the show. I’m in the back. I’m waiting for Eddie because I wanted to thank him, but I didn’t touch him. He comes straight up to me and blames me for it.” Angle said, “so this is like the fifth time he confronted me about it in about a month, so I shoved him. I just wanted to see what he would do. And he didn’t do anything, so I shoved him again and he double-legs me. I mean, you could’ve sucker punched me, but he double-legs me. And I’m like, ‘he did not just try to double-leg an Olympic gold medalist, so I laid the hips into him and then I started choking him out nice and slow.”

Angle said Guerrero was not ready to accept Angle’s apology right away and that the two were like brothers.

“Now, Eddie and I got in a fight and I wanted to make amends with him and you know Eddie has a temper, so five minutes after that fight, I walk in, I said, ‘I’m sorry, Eddie.’ I say, ‘I’m sorry about what happened.’ He goes, ‘I’m not ready yet.’ Oh, God! So I go, ‘you what?’ He goes, ‘I’m not ready to be sorry,’ so I push him again! I want to fight this poor kid. He doesn’t want to double-leg me again, so he’s just standing there and JBL got in between us. So I tried to call him that night and he wasn’t ready again, but the next week, he came to me and apologized and we both made up. And Eddie and I were brothers. My brother Eric and I, we fought all the time, so I didn’t mind. I mean, I knew Eddie was very much like my brother, Eric, had a temper, and was going to let it fly ever once in a while and we would get over it and we did. Eddie got mad at me a million times, but knowing he was exactly like my brother, Eric, okay, we can forgive each other the next day and move on. But the whole, ‘I’m not ready yet,’ I wanted to kick his butt.”

Angle shared that his WrestleMania 21 match with Michaels was his favorite WrestleMania match he had been in.

“I always wanted to wrestle him after I saw the match [Jericho] and Shawn Michaels had at WrestleMania. Like, I literally, I was pissed off because I didn’t watch [Jericho’s] match against Shawn at WrestleMania 19 and I was like, ‘me and Brock stole the show’ and then, the next day I’m watching it, I’m like, ‘son of a b—h, those guys had a better match than us. Damn it!’ I was like, ‘son of a b—h!’ I said, ‘well, it was Jericho and Shawn.’ I was like, ‘I already wrestled Jericho. I got to wrestle Shawn’ and I did at WrestleMania 21.”

The man who professed to being ‘just a sexy Kurt’, stated that he and ‘Mr. WrestleMania’ did not touch before their match.

“Usually you wrestle guys several times to get to know each other and the thing is, Shawn didn’t want to do anything that week. He just wanted to sit down to get to know me. We went over one spot where I had to lift him up over my head. He had an armbar on me and I had to, yeah, sunset flip. Other than that, we didn’t do anything and it was like, ‘does he really think he’s that good?’ Well, yeah, he is that good. We talked about the comeback and finish, which we always do, but other than that, the thing is, I never locked up with him. Like, you don’t get a feel. You want to get a feel for him, maybe do a couple of spots. He didn’t want to do anything. So it was like I got to know his family really well, he got to know mine, but Pat [Patterson] was there and he just let us B.S. and we did come up with some good false finishes like everybody does at WrestleMania. I just didn’t think I’d have that type of chemistry with someone that quickly.”

Angle had high praise for Michaels, calling ‘The Heartbreak Kid’ the best pro wrestler he has ever worked, though he wished he had the opportunity to wrestle WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair and Bret Hart in their primes.

“When you talk about that top three, yeah, it’s close. [Michaels is number one] for me too, me too. Well, I’m not going to lie to you, I wish I would have wrestled Ric Flair in his prime and Bret Hart in his prime. I did, so I have to say Shawn Michaels is the best.”