“That wasn’t a great moment, that wasn’t the greatest moment in the world. A man faking a heart attack to poke somebody in the eye?" - Booker T
When Ric Flair joined up with Andrade El Idolo to take on Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett, Booker T, along with many others, witnessed the two-time WWE Hall of Famer battle for the first time in over 11 years. When Flair and Lethal were both outside in the tag team bout, Flair pretended to have a heart problem before poking Lethal in the eyes.
Six-time World Champion Booker T said on The Hall of Fame, “That wasn’t a great moment, that wasn’t the greatest moment in the world. A man faking a heart attack to poke somebody in the eye? It was a good spot, okay, but a lot of people in that d*mn arena perhaps were scared as hell.”
Flair has held on to the moniker “the dirtiest player in the game” for decades, cheating to win bouts by, among other things, grabbing the trunks, having his feet on the ropes, and low-blowing his opponent. The 16-time World Champion has had a pacemaker inside of him for the past few years, so faking a heart attack is a new tactic he may have developed.
The Nature Boy had struggled with a number of health concerns, most notably in 2017, when Flair was put into a coma by use of medication. Flair kicked out at two and is still alive today at the age of 73 despite the fact that the chances were not in his favour. Lethal and Jarrett were beaten by El Idolo when Flair struck Jarrett with brass knuckles and locked in the Figure Four Leglock with former WWE official Mike Chioda counting to three while Jarrett’s shoulders were down on the canvas. Following the game, Flair took some time to rest on the carpet before standing up and cutting a promo with his face bloodied from the almost 27-minute contest between the two teams. Holding the WCW World Heavyweight Championship he had won throughout the course of his five-decade career, Flair strode away.
Almost 14 years earlier, at WrestleMania 24, Ric Flair faced Shawn Michaels in a bout in which his career was on the line. This was Flair’s second retirement match. Following a Sweet Chin Music and a “I’m sorry, I love you” to Flair, Michaels prevailed in the match. Before Ric Flair’s Final Match, Flair would end up competing in 16 contests, mostly for TNA, now known as Impact Wrestling.