Ric Flair returned to the squared circle at the advanced age of 73 years in one of the most shocking moments in pro wrestling history. The Nature Boy teamed up with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo against Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett as part of the Starrcast event during the SummerSlam weekend last year.
The match in spite of all the glorious hype failed to satisfy the appetite of wrestling fans. Flair’s performance in particular was widely panned by fans and critics alike, with some even naming it one of the worst matches of the year in the Wrestling Observer Awards. Dutch Mantel (formerly known as Zeb Colter) dragged Flair’s performance on the latest episode of Story Time with Dutch Mantel.
“I’ve had people write me and, seriously, people thought he was gonna die. I think he passed out a time or two in there. He doesn’t even remember it. Ric Flair now is trying to leave a legacy and he should have left it alone, or changed a lot of things in that match, because his legacy now is tarnished. I don’t know. Ric Flair is full of sh*t and always has been.”
Mantel’s comments got Flair’s attention and The Nature Boy took to Twitter to respond to Dutch’s criticism. The two-time WWE Hall of Famer referred to Dutch Mantel as “A Miserable Old Wrestler Trying To Make A Buck.” In a follow-up tweet, Flair said he made the former Zeb Colter relevant again.
Thank God They Used The Word Veteran & Didn’t Call You A Legend. Just A Miserable Old Wrestler Trying To Make A Buck. And BTW, You Never Had A Legacy To Begin With. WOOOOO!
Flair has previously claimed on his To Be The Man podcast he wasn’t properly hydrated before the match, but insisted he would gladly give fans another chance to see him in the ring.
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