Ric Flair is training for a comeback to the squared circle. The 73-year-old former world champion has faced multiple health problems in the past. Flair has shared a couple of videos recently where he has been training in the ring for a potential comeback match.
It was reported that Flair was trying to keep the match a secret. One story noted that Flair was planning to team with FTR to face The Rock ‘n’ Roll Express and another opponent in a six-man tag team bout. At least one of Flair’s former WCW colleagues thinks it is a terrible idea.
Former WCW commentator Chris Cruise made a lengthy Facebook post denouncing Ric Flair’s attempt at a comeback. Cruise is urging state athletic commissions not to sanction Flair due to his many health conditions. He believes The Nature Boy might die in the ring if he tries to wrestle, as he shared in his letter to the Maryland State Athletic Commission.
“To the Commissioners of the Maryland State Athletic Commission:
Recently, published reports indicate the professional wrestler known as Ric Flair, who is 73 and has a pacemaker, is considering returning to the ring. Obviously, that is not wise. It’s almost as if he wants to die in the ring.
I am writing as a citizen of Maryland to express my concern about the prospect of Mr. Fleihr being granted a license to wrestle in this state. I’m sure you understand how disastrous it would be for the Commission if he died in the ring during a performance for which you granted him a license.
I’d like to know what standards the Commission has for granting a license to a professional wrestler. Is a physical examination required? Are athletes over 70 and who have a pacemaker installed allowed to wrestle professionally in Maryland?
I look forward to your reply.”
Many states do not have athletic commissions overseeing wrestling, as it is not considered a sport. Flair would be free to work in any of those states regardless of his age and condition. Chris Cruise thinks it’s a dangerous situation and is trying to put a stop to it any way he can.
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