For some reason I had the urge to find one of CRZ's old recaps. It was this one:
I remember that night quite well. I had started watching Nitro again because of all the talk about this Ric Flair fella and how he was possibly coming back. All I had ever watched before was the WWF in the 80s, so I had never seen Flair.
What I watched that night was quite simply THE most awesome thing I've ever watched in professional wrestling before then or since. For that entire segment, the crowd was HOT. And when Ric Flair came down that aisle -- it was impossible not to feel electric.
Thanks CRZ, for keeping the old recaps around and letting me relive that moment in time again today -- and for being such a kickass recapper all these years.
Gotta agree with that statement. Easily the best Nitro ever, bar none. My friends and I were on our feet twice that night, first for Kidman winning the cruiserweight title (with all of us screaming, "BEAT HIS ASS!" at the top of our lungs), and then for Flair. I'm a little young to remember Flair's glory days. I mainly recalled his WWF stint, and I'd seen a couple of older tapes at the time, notably his killer match with Terry Funk at the Bash '89. But, on that night, I learned what Ric Flair meant to professional wrestling. The crowd in Greenville, the other HOrsemen in the ring, they showed me that. When other people rip on Flair, I can only think "You weren't watching Nitro that night. You don't know." Hell, I didn't even mind the Goldberg/Sting match that followed, probably because I was such a Sting mark that I was rock-solid -convinced- that Goldberg was gonna tap out to the Deathlock. To this day, that Nitro is probably my favorite wrestling show/moment of all time, and probably always will be. Just like Nirvana will always be my favorite band. Sure, I'll like other stuff, other shows. But they'll never capture the precise mixture of chemicals that Flair's Nitro return did for me. Never.
"All I ever asked for in life is an unfair advantage." Microchip, Punisher Annual #2
PW Insider is also reporting this one, albeit without the horribly grim prognosis, and it looks like Meltzer is confirming it at the Observer. That's a huge shame, because that blowoff at the next PPV could have been a classic.