Ric Flair recently recalled how he rejected the opportunity to replace Edge and The Undertaker in the main event of WrestleMania 24.
Flair retired from in-ring competition in 2008 after losing an emotional match against Shawn Michaels. The 20-minute contest was the fifth bout on the nine-match card, with Edge and The Undertaker’s World Heavyweight Championship encounter going on last.
Speaking on his To Be The Man podcast, the 16-time world champion revealed that he and Michaels were offered the chance to main-event that night.
“They actually asked me if I wanted to go on last in Orlando and I said, ‘God, absolutely not,’” Flair said. “I loved the attention I was getting but I wasn’t gonna ask the World Champion, whoever it was at that time, to go over and say, ‘Hey, thank you for this [main-event spot].’” [34:11-34:33]
Edge held the World Heavyweight Championship heading into the event. The Rated-R Superstar lost the title to The Undertaker, who extended his WrestleMania undefeated streak to 16-0.
In hindsight, Flair still believes he made the right call by refusing to go on last with Shawn Michaels.
“I’d rather know that it’s one of the greatest moments, I think, in the history of the business, because it was very real… number one,” Flair continued. “Number two, I was working with the best worker in the history of the business. And number three, it was my life.” [34:35-34:49]
While Flair would not change anything about his final WWE in-ring performance, he still has regrets about wrestling for TNA/IMPACT Wrestling in 2010 and 2011. The Nature Boy added that he only returned to the ring for financial reasons after a divorce.
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