In a recent interview, WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair talked about his match against The Undertaker at WrestleMania X-8.
Flair revealed the thoughts that ran through his mind before facing “The Deadman” and how he planned to play out his moves.
“You heard all these things about having a wrestling match with Taker? That’s so far off, you know what I mean? Taker is the all-time Phenom and my job out there is just to make him look like who he is,” says Flair.
Flair has revealed in past interviews that he was very nervous facing The Undertaker and felt in over his head.
The pressure of facing “The Phenom” at WrestleMania was getting to him.
His main concern was selling the entire match to the crowd and living up to the expectations of an Undertaker WrestleMania match.
“If he goes to his knees, then I’m lucky. He’s my size. Then I can punch him or chop him two times,” explains Flair. “But the idea of doing anything with, that – in my estimation – is not what people pay to see.”
Flair feared that the crowd wasn’t going to appreciate his age-old moves and wanted something more flashy.
The crowd was accustomed to seeing Taker beat legendary opponents and fight big matches. Flair wasn’t sure if he could be one of those opponents.
“They pay to see him kick ass,” says Flair. “Suplexing him or taking him over in a headlock – really? Come on. We’re past that when the lights go out when he comes in. So, that’s just my opinion.”
Ric Flair urges other Superstars not to imitate The Undertaker
Flair claims that The Undertaker is a special athlete, and was unlike any big wrestler he had faced before.
“But I’ve wrestled a lot of big guys and that seems to be the theme and to be that great an athlete at that size, and jump over the top rope and all that… And FYI, if he’s diving over the top rope ladies and gentlemen, nobody else needs to… Try and leave that off your resume please.”
Ric Flair sparked a feud against Taker by interfering in a match where The Phenom faced The Rock, costing him his title opportunity.
The Undertaker was given the option of fighting a young superstar or Ric Flair, and he chose Flair.
Even though Flair was nervous at first, he went into the ring but gave us a pretty great match.
The rivalry may not have matured well but it certainly was an iconic clash between two legends.
Ric Flair has made it clear time and again that he was absolutely flustered during the hours leading up to the big match.
Even though he may not be satisfied with the performance, it should calm his mind to know that we enjoyed it.