Ric Flair emerged victorious in what was billed as his final wrestling match Sunday evening in Nashville, Tennessee.
Flair, 73, teamed with son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to defeat Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal. The finish had Conrad Thompson, Flair’s other son-in-law, throw brass knuckles to Andrade, who gave them to Flair. Flair then used them to strike Jarrett and put Jarrett in the figure four leglock as referee David Miller ran in and counted to three, giving Flair and Andrade the win.
After the match, confetti fell as Flair celebrated with Andrade and his family at ringside. He met with several people sitting in the front row including The Undertaker, Mick Foley, and Bret Hart. He thanked the fans and Nashville for being one of the greatest wrestling cities in the world. He then said that “everything you heard about him is true” and was going to celebrate with Kid Rock tonight. The show ended with Flair holding the NWA World Heavyweight title belt that he held during the mid-to-late 1980s in Jim Crockett Promotions.
Flair’s previous retirement took place in 2008, when he lost to Shawn Micheals at WrestleMania 24. Despite retiring, Flair returned to wrestling the following year and wrestled through 2011, with his most recent match being a loss to Sting on an episode of Impact Wrestling.