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A Sad Day For Carolina’s Own

Posted by Matt on March 31, 2008

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It is a sad day for myself and millions of fans, as well as the overall inspiration for TNB, as Ric Flair more than likely wrestled in his last match as a professional wrestler last night at WrestleMania 24. I grew up a big fan of professional wrestling with Ric Flair — and his trademark “WOOO!” — always being personal favorites of mine. It is fairly remarkable in a sport-entertainment business as hard on the body as is professional wrestling that one man could still work a great, twenty-minute match at 59 years of age; not to mention he has done so for over 35 years running.

I know what you are thinking: wrestling is fake as are the “career-threatening” story lines. And though I realize the outcomes are written in to an overall plot, the bumps and bruises along the way are most definitely real and are what make Flair’s run so impressive. Secondly, I would agree that the “retirement match” gimmicks are normally fictional, but with his Hall of Fame induction this past weekend, his family ringside, and all of the tributes and all of the tears, this was most definitely Flair’s last match and where better than at WrestleMania?

That’s not to say Flair won’t one day lace ’em up again, but we won’t see The Man wrestle for quite some time, if ever, and that is tough to accept. The Nature Boy will be sorely missed by myself and I’ve enjoyed being entertained by The Dirtiest Player In The Game my entire life.

His legacy will live on as arguably the greatest professional wrestler of all time and, as always, “diamonds are forever, and so is Ric Flair! WOOO!”

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