Ric Flair is a Superstar’s Superstar and a man whose fame broke through all barriers and inspired many. The Nature Boy has widely been regarded as one of the all-time greats and many have him on their Mount Rushmore of Pro-wrestling.
Flair’s career has produced some quality matches including numerous classics at WrestleMania. However, the Nature Boy believes he’s never had a good dance at the Grandest Stage of Them All.
In an interview with the Wrestling Inc Daily Podcast, Flair was asked to pick his favorite WrestleMania match. Flair said that he’s never had a Mania match that could live up to what he thinks he could deliver.
Flair said that he could have put up a good bout with Randy Savage at WrestleMania VIII but said that the Macho Man’s mind was pre-occupied with his marriage problems with his ex-wife Ms. Elizabeth.
No, I don’t think I had a good Mania match. Nothing that Ric Flair could deliver on. I think I could have been really good with Randy [Savage] but he was so preoccupied.
That was the last time he and Liz were together. That day was the last time they were together – they went their separate ways. They weren’t living together at that time. I’m not 100 percent sure on what the exact living conditions were but, to my knowledge, they weren’t together and Randy was so upset. We got through it and it was okay. But I would never want to be remembered for that match by any means.
Regardless, Flair ended up saying that his final WWE match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24 is his favorite Mania match. He said that a lack of self-confidence still haunted him after the match and that could have been better if someone like his current wife Wendy would have been in his life at that time.
Well, that would be my favorite with Shawn, of course. But, once again, I had no self-confidence going into that ring and he made it so easy for me. But once again, I walked out of that ring saying to myself, ‘Why couldn’t I have been me for just 30 minutes?’ I don’t have any aches or pains. I already know that I’m a cosmetic nightmare walking in, so that’s on your mind.
But to be so preoccupied with not being good that you forget something that you normally do – I wasn’t in it. Afterwards I was great. I had a couple of beers and I was Ric Flair. But it’s one of those things that’s impossible to explain and I’ve tried a thousand times. Until you’ve felt that that sensation of a lack of self-confidence… Right now, Wendy’s sitting with me and Wendy talks to me like Hunter used to. ‘You need to know who you are…’ But if I had had someone with the approach that Wendy has with me, you know, where I was happy and content and in love and that was one side of my life I could lean on rather than trying to be Ric Flair all the time, I would have been so much better for so much longer.
You can listen to the clip of Flair talking about his WrestleMania history here:
Thank you to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.