Ric Flair’s final game took place tonight in Nashville. The Nature Boy teamed up with his son-in-law Andrade El Idolo to take on legendary Jeff Jarrett and AEW star Jay Lethal.
Prior to this match, Lethal turned on Flair because Flair told Lethal that he is a man from the opening match and there was no place for him on the show. Jarrett felt disrespected by Flair at the press conference for this event and has said he felt Flair disrespected his family for years. All this led to a brutal and bloody attack in a parking lot that was shot after the press conference.
Before the match started, they showed DDP, Mick Foley, Michelle McCool and The Undertaker in attendance.
Jarrett is in fantastic shape. As he walked to the ring, he yelled at Schiavone and Crocket and threw a beer at a fan while head of security Doug Dillinger held Jarrett and the fan apart. Jerry Jarrett watched as Jarrett pushed Conrad Thompson. Kid Rock was seen from ringside. Flair came out with his iconic white robe and the original large gold belt. Mike Chioda refereed this match and David Penzer did the ring introductions.
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Flair and Jarrett started the match. Flair punched Jarrett in the face, but before they could lock up, Jarrett tagged to Lethal. Lethal took Flair down with a side headlock takeover, but Flair responded with head scissors. Lethal got frustrated with Flair, so he asked Andrade to log in. Jarrett tapped in and hit Andrade in the face with several punches, but Andrade hip tossed him twice and then he worked over the arm. Andrade tapped Flair again, but Jarrett wouldn’t hear of it. Jarrett taunted Flair with the Fargo strut and then they finally locked up. Flair gave his prop when fans gave him a loud bang. Flair dodged a puncha and then followed chops. Lethal ran in, but Flair caught him with a low blow. Jarrett got frustrated and went backstage, but Karen seemed to talk him into it. Jarrett stepped back into the ring and Andrade tapped it. Lethal tapped in. Andrade worked on Lethal while Flair strangled Lethal in the corner. Flair tapped in again. Chops on Lethal’s chest followed by punches in the corner of the ring and more chops. Flair tapped out and it was Lethal vs. Andrade for a few seconds until Jarrett punched Andrade’s chest. Lethal tapped in and he took over from Andrade’s attack for the next minute or so. There was an awkward spot between Andrade and Jarrett and Andrade may have rung his bell so Flair went into the ring without the tag. Flair applied the figure four to Lethal, but Jarrett broke it. Jarrett hit Flair on the head with Karen’s shoe. Jarrett continued the charge at the ringside barricade. Meghan Flair got in touch with Karen and you could hear Karen say, “I’ll f**king kill you!” Karen was great here. The next camera shot on Ric showed him bleeding to the head from the shot he had taken from the shoe earlier. Flair pretended to have a heart attack, but it was a ploy to lure Lethal in and poke him in the eye. Lethal stunned Flair as the fans gasped. Andrade saved before Lethal could pin him.
Jarrett applied the number four, but Andrade broke it. Lethal invaded and continued the attack on Flair. Lethal went for an elbow from the top, Flair moved and Andrade made the hot tag. Andrade took out Lethal and Jarrett. Lethal saved when Andrade tried to pin Jarrett. Lethal accidentally knocked out his partner and referee Mike Chioda. Andrade hit Lethal with a Poisonrana, but there was no referee to do the count. Flair tapped in and he put his arm over Lethal, but still no referee. Jarrett waved the guitar, but Andrade pulled Flair aside and Lethal grabbed him on the head. Andrade took out Flair. Conrad threw brass knuckles at Andrade to give it to Flair. Flair beat Jarrett on the kucks, Dave Miller came in as substitute umpire to do the count and the winners are Flair and Andrade. Flair looked like he’d run a marathon.
Tony Schiavone interviewed Ric after the game. Ric transitioned Nashville as one of the greatest wrestling cities. He told about his family. Flair said Kid Rock spoke to him in the locker room. He said this was his last game and he thanked the fans for coming and he hopes he hasn’t let everyone down and he doesn’t remember half the game. You could see Foley, Taker, Bret Hart and others watching in the background.
The wrestlers featured on the card came out to surround Ric as his music played. The final scene was Ric holding the large gold belt and then hugging Lethal onstage.
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