“He Had Some Insecurities Too”- WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair Details the Similarities Between Him and The Undertaker

Published 02/26/2021, 6:45 AM EST


Ric Flair recently celebrated his 72nd birthday but he is still relevant to WWE storylines as he was decades ago in his prime. The WWE Hall Of Famer is widely regarded as one of the best and managed to wrestle even through his 50s. 

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However, things weren’t working as well as they used to when he entered the ring in the winter of his wrestling career, and ‘The Nature Boy’ found himself struggling to get a hold of himself as he fought The Undertaker at WrestleMania 18.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 04: Ric Flair attends WWE 20th Anniversary Celebration Marking Premiere of WWE Friday Night SmackDown on FOX at Staples Center on October 04, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)

“That’s when Mark carried me, but we did have a hell of a match,” said Flair, speaking to Wrestling Inc. Daily. “In 2002, I’m 54, but we did have a hell of a match, which was great. After The Last Ride, he talks about [how] he had some insecurities too. His were around health problems, bad back, and stuff like that, which caused him to be insecure. Mine was all mental but we share that in common.”

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Ric Flair struggled to balance out his mind before entering a fight

The Hall of Famer realized that he couldn’t do what he had always done so well anymore and found himself struggling for the confidence he needed heading into a fight.

“Self-confidence, no matter if it’s your body’s holding up or your mind and being able to do it and perform at the level that everybody thinks you can, it doesn’t matter how many times Hunter (Triple H) will say to me, ‘God damn it! You’re Ric Flair! Go out there and just relax. Be yourself.’ It goes in one ear, and it goes out the other,” admitted Flair. 

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‘Naitch’ had a great fight against The Undertaker, who defended his star successfully yet again at WrestleMania 18. ‘The Deadman’ was, in fact, given the option to fight an upcoming star or Ric Flair, and he chose Flair. 

The Hall of Famer would go on to fight 6 more years until his curtain call at WrestleMania 24. He fought Shawn Michaels in one of the most emotional matches in WWE history in a losing effort, after which he waved goodbye to fans.

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He didn’t stay away, however, and still manages to find places in storylines alongside his daughter Charlotte Flair, who has already achieved the gold that comes with the name. 

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Luke Dias is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports, having published more than 1000 articles on professional wrestling. Having completed courses in Advanced Writing from the University of California and Media and Ethics from the University of Amsterdam, Luke is currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in Journalism from Xavier’s College. His tremendous knowledge of WWE history enables him to make past connections, adding depth to the articles.

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