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Ric Flair has confirmed the death of WWE legend and Hall of Famer Billy Graham from various health issues at the age of 79. Photo: WWE

WWE Legends Night: Ric Flair has his say on wrestling icons

As we gear up for WWE Raw “Legends Night” we hear what Ric Flair has to say about some of the other icons of the business.

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Ric Flair has confirmed the death of WWE legend and Hall of Famer Billy Graham from various health issues at the age of 79. Photo: WWE

There are few legends in the sports entertainment as big as 16-time World Champion Ric Flair.

The Nature Boy counts himself extremely lucky to be considered among the greatest to have ever set foot inside the squared circle and will appear on WWE Raw’s “Legends Night” taking place on Monday 4 January 2021 (Tuesday morning for South African viewers).

Ric Flair on Hogan

Flair came up against the likes of Booker T, Shawn Michaels and Triple H after his prime but stepped in the ring with the great Hulk Hogan while both were in their pomp.

Speaking ahead of the Legends Event Flair said of Hogan: “I think Hulk is one of two or three guys that are the most famous people to ever be around, part of, or participate in the history of WWE. The others being, in my estimation, Steve Austin and The Undertaker. The three of them, I think, stand out more than anybody I can think of. 

“Any time I had the opportunity to wrestle Hulk was an opportunity to be in the ring with the flagship of WWE. I could list four or five other guys too but he was the ‘Golden Goose’ and he represented everything that the company wanted and not only competed at the highest level, he was the Make-a-Wish king long before it was recognized as much publicly as it is now. He took time for the kids at every show. He worked hard and he just represented. I was thrilled to even have the opportunity to work against him.”

WWE Legends Night: Ric Flair

Triple H and the Nature Boy

Flair insists that nobody lives for the WWE more than his good friend and former stable-mate Triple H.

“He exemplifies ‘Legend’ more than anybody because he is not only a great performer, he has studied the business, he is a historian. He probably knows more about the business than I do and I’ve been in it 30 years longer than he has,” Flair said.

“He came into it with a knowledge of it that I hadn’t seen anybody at his age come into the business with. He was respectful every day and it was fun to see someone that just loved to be in the ring and loved the business. He became a great worker and he has also taken that with him and has become an intricate part of the company. He’s accomplished all this through his efforts and he has ascended himself to a place of not just being a great worker, he’s helped to impact the company with the growth of NXT. Helping to see young guys get the opportunity to make the main roster, working with people on a daily basis. Plus he’s one of my two or three best friends. 

WWE Legends Night: Ric Flair

“I just saw him at RAW and at TLC and had a nice talk with him. He basically lives the kind of schedule we did in the old days. He wouldn’t have it any other way. He won’t miss anything, and he’s always wanting to see the company grow. I’m actually hoping to see him have a huge retirement match, if he even elects to retire in the future. He deserves every bit of it and all the recognition to go with it.”

HBK – the greatest worker says Ric Flair

Flair credits Shawn Michaels with carrying him through his heartwrenching retirment match and describes him as the greatest worker of all time.

“It’s not arguable anymore, Shawn is the greatest worker in the history of our business. I think everybody would give that to him. He carried me in my farewell retirement match, no matter how many people want to think I was holding up my end of it, I was trying to get through it. At that point in my career I did not have the self-confidence that I needed to have to rise to the occasion and he made it look like I did. I’ve looked back and actually had time the past couple of years to watch some of Shawn’s matches that he had while I was at WCW and Shawn just is a class act. For my money, in the ring, I’d put him and Ricky Steamboat in a class by themselves. I always liked being around Shawn. As far as a guy in the ring I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody better.”

WWE Legends Night: Ric Flair