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#1 Posted on 20.5.03 1054.54
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I FOUND THIS INTERESTING:
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I'm 29 years old, and have been watching wrestling for over 20 years. This was the most incredible show I've ever seen because of what happened after the cameras stopped rolling live.

After Nash gets done staring down HHH, he goes over to check on Flair. While he's over there Shawn Michaels' music hits and here comes HBK with a ton of wrestlers (face and heel) in street clothes from the back. The crowd doesn't know what's going on until they all arrive and start hugging Flair. Austin's music hits. He slides in one sing of the ring and out the other to get a cooler of beer. He takes one to Flair. Then goes to get more for the other wrestlers in the ring. Now Stephanie McMahon's music hits and she comes down to hug Flair. Now Shane McMahon's music hits! Shane O'Mac! He comes dancing down the ramp to come congratulate Flair. Next it's Vince. He comes down walking hurriedly and intensely gets in the ring and stares down Flair before cracking a bit of a smile and hugging Flair. HHH comes back out next. When he gets in the ring, everybody goes to each side of Flair. While HHH stares down Flair his cheers turn to boos. But the boos went to cheers (biggest pop of the night) when he took the belt and placed it on Flair's shoulder and raised his arm. All the guys then took Flair up on their shoulders and carried him around the ring.

The crowd is yelling "speech, speech, speech," and a teary-eyed Flair obliges. He says he's made a lot of memories here in Greenville (he wrestled here virtually every Monday night when I was a kid). He thanks the fans and his fellow wrestlers and says they've been the greatest to work with and he's never been happier than his time spent with them the past couple of years.

I'll never forget this night. It was just an incredible thing to see.

credit: rajahwwf.com
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Surely, you don't think.............
I know ya do, and yes I will never call you Shirley again!

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#2 Posted on 20.5.03 1113.05
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Like I said, that's great. If Flair really is retiring this time to become a full time mouthpiece or whatever, then that's cool. I'm glad I saw so much of him when I was growing up, and even now.

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#3 Posted on 20.5.03 1117.57
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It could be, too, a case where he won't be back in `Flair Country' anytime soon, and they just wanted to honor him while he was wrestling semi-actively.
But I do think that was probably his last match -- a classy move by the WWE; but I just think they knew this was the last match, and wanted to make it special for him.

Now why couldn't they have televised at least PART of that?
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#4 Posted on 20.5.03 1118.42
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It wouldn't surprise me if that was Ric's last in-ring appearance. If it was, the match took place right where it should have, in the Carolinas.
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#5 Posted on 20.5.03 1142.00
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As long as Flair is still around in some capacity, its always a possibility that he will put the boots back on. If this was the end, at least he went out looking good, instead of jobbing to Rico.
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#6 Posted on 20.5.03 1155.42
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Eh, sucks to Flair. Jackie Fargo filled him in on the bare assed spot he used with Hurricane that originally happened between the Bushmaster and LL Cool in Harrison, NC. He stole from an indy guy (a rather ravishing 6'4", 300 lb. red haired chap). (highly obscure joke, cue smiley.)

In all actuality, if Flair's final match was last night, more power to him. It may not have been his greatest match, nor even one of the best this year, but the crowd in Greenville was firmly in the palm of his hand.
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#7 Posted on 20.5.03 1242.51
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Classy send off.

What's the over / under on when this thing turns into a HHH bash?
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#8 Posted on 20.5.03 1244.56
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I think we haven't seen the end of Ric Flair in a wrestling ring. It might have felt so special because it could be the last time he ever fights for the World Title. Add that to the hometown effect and you have big time feel.
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#9 Posted on 20.5.03 1259.45
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    Originally posted by Notorious F.A.B.
    What's the over / under on when this thing turns into a HHH bash?

I say ... right here. The least Triple H could have done is let Flair win by DQ. That's what's happened with most of the heavyweight title matches he's had in the last 6 months.
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#10 Posted on 20.5.03 1305.25
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If it is his offical retirement may it be a great one because he deserves it for all the contributions to the business he made.
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#11 Posted on 20.5.03 1306.51
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    Originally posted by mountinman44
    It wouldn't surprise me if that was Ric's last in-ring appearance. If it was, the match took place right where it should have, in the Carolinas.


I'm sure I read an interview just last week with Flair saying he's been working his little backside back into shape so he could have a more 'active' role on the roster. I'll do me best to find it through the wonders of google and post a link if/when I find it.

Besides that, I'd be surprised if they didnt have his last match at a ppv. With seperate brand shows now coming up its not like they won't have room for him on the card.
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#12 Posted on 20.5.03 1309.17
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More HHH bashing, you say?

I sure hope Flair's retirement match isn't a meaningless job to HHH on Raw. Especially when you can bank on Hogan's retirement match being at Wrestlemania, and probably HBK's as well.

Flair deserves a PPV match for his retirement, regardless of the fact that he wasn't a "WWF guy" and didn't make Vince millions. I'll hold off calling Vince "classy" until I see that happen.
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#13 Posted on 20.5.03 1315.44
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A meaningless job to HHH?

You saw the match, right? He doesn't have to go on a roster crushing push or win the World title for that match to have meaning!
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#14 Posted on 20.5.03 1325.24
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A voila, courtesy of wwe.com

While his Monday night brawl with The Hurricane might have been especially “cheeky,” it was just further evidence that Ric Flair’s legendary career between the ropes is far from over. After a long layoff from mixing it up in matches, Flair’s been especially active as of late.

“I know. I need to talk to my lawyer about that,” Flair joked Monday even before his win over Hurricane. “My lawyer needs to look over my contract and get back to me.”

Flair’s six-month hiatus from matches was of his own doing. The 16-time World Champion said he just wanted to take a break. But now that he’s back in the groove of things, there’s no end destination for this latest run.

“Now they’ve figured out a way to get me back in, and it’s working out,” Flair said. “Either way works for me. I’m happy. I can go wide-open now. I can go a full schedule.”

You’d expect nothing less from the self-proclaimed “60-Minute Man"


So 'meaningless' or no, I doubt we've seen the last of Ric.
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#15 Posted on 20.5.03 1449.15
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I beleive that they did all that becasue it was "Flair Country" and might have been his last World Title match. Not because it was his final match ever.

It was classy on WWE's part to do the in-ring thing, but I wish it could've been televised.

We'll see Flair back in the ring a few more times, just not in the World Title picture.
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#16 Posted on 20.5.03 1602.38
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You never know they might show it on Confidential soon... If they ever have room after focusing AGAIN on the Lex/Liz story.
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#17 Posted on 20.5.03 1630.36
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If it really is Flair's last match, you'd think the WWE would do a better job at hyping it. Especially with PPV sales lagging.

"Flair's last chance" in Charlotte on a PPV would probably get a pretty good buyrate. Especially if you could do something and have Tully, Arn, and Ole with him one last time.

Why waste it on a Monday night match that isn't even advertised ahead of time?
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#18 Posted on 20.5.03 1635.10
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    Originally posted by rv581

    Why waste it on a Monday night match that isn't even advertised ahead of time?




Hmmmmmm... I don't know. Why NOT build up new stars? Why bring in older guys for nostalgia pops that don't increase new viewership? Why not book long-term again? Why? Why? Why?????

Bravo to Ric Flair, regardless. Although I think his "last" match won't be until WrestleMania XX, either.
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#19 Posted on 20.5.03 1638.15
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    Why NOT build up new stars?

But is it really an either/or proposition? Especially with 12 PPVs a year, I think the WWE could've given Flair a better sendoff and also help the younger talent.

If some of the older fans buy the PPV b/c they grew up liking Flair, the NWA, and the horsemen, they may get hooked again on wrestling if the younger talent shines on the undercard.
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#20 Posted on 20.5.03 1641.13
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It's wrestling, the word retirement don't exist.
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