Ric Flair is one of professional wrestling’s greatest in-ring performers and talkers on the microphone in WWE history and beyond.
Recently, Flair, a 16-time world heavyweight champion, was a guest on this season’s final episode of comedian Kevin Hart’s “Cold As Balls” show. Kevin Hart and his guests make their way deftly into a tub filled with ice and water prior to their conversations.
Hart enters the space with the tubs in a bathrobe. Flair, though, makes an entrance like his pro wrestling image in full ring regalia and belting out his patented “WOOOO!” scream.
Ric Flair Talks About Facing Shawn Michaels In 2003
Flair has wrestled all over the world and faced pretty much every big name from Dusty Rhodes and Harley Race to Hulk Hogan and Shawn Michaels.
Flair says that his all-time favorite wrestling moment actually took place in a 2003 match with Michaels for the WWE.
“I get asked that a lot, and there have been so many, but it would be the match with Shawn (Michaels),” Ric Flair said in his chat with Hart. “I’m 59 years old.”
The match happened at Bad Blood, a WWE pay-per-view card. Flair beat Michaels after Randy Orton smacked Michaels with a chair shot.
Here’s a clip from the Flair-Michaels match from 2003.
Flair Faced Shawn Michaels Again In Retirement Match
While Flair mentions this as his all-time favorite moment, another match involving both Michaels and himself took place a few years later at WrestleMania 24 in Miami, Fla.
Michaels, whose career started as a young man in his hometown of San Antonio, Texas, has been involved in a lot of moments at WWE’s biggest pay-per-view event. He’s earned the nickname “Mr. WrestleMania” because of so many of them.
In this match with Flair, both Michaels and Flair go back and forth with punches, karate chops, and a patented Michaels backflip off the turnbuckle onto Flair outside the ring.
Yet this night would not be a winner for Flair. Michaels, whose finishing move is called “Sweet Chin Music,” takes a minute before delivering the blow. The camera is on Michaels and you can read his lips, saying to Flair, “I’m sorry. I love you.”
Then Michaels delivers his finisher, makes the 1-2-3 pin, rolls on top of Flair for a quick word, then heads out of the ring. It’s one of the most iconic moments in WrestleMania history.
Here are some highlights from that match, which ended Flair’s in-ring career.
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