Posted on 8/01/122 by Colin Vassallo
Jeff Jarrett, Jay Lethal, and Andrade all
spoke to ESPN following their main event
match last night with Ric Flair and all of
them had one thing in common: pressure.
While the years of experience between all
four tops 100, participating in a match with
a 73-year-old man who just a few years ago
was on his deathbed and also has a pacemaker
probably isn’t the best idea. But for the
Nature Boy, there was no other way.
“It’s his last one. If anything goes wrong,
it’s on me. It’s on others,” Jeff Jarrett
told Marc Raimondi of ESPN. “I’m so damn
happy for Ric, I don’t know what to say,” he
continued, adding that this match had a
whole other level of pressure that he’s
never been under in his entire career.
Lethal, who was in charge of training Ric
Flair for the past couple of months, didn’t
look forward to Flair bleeding because it
was out of their hands on how much Naitch
was going to bleed. Flair did bleed, but
wasn’t the crimson mask of the past, and
thankfully, he was okay.
After the match, Lethal met Flair at the top
of the ramp and the two embraced, all caught
“I said, ‘I f*cking love you, you’re the
f*cking man, I’m trying to be like you when
I grow up, because you’re f*cking great.
You’re the greatest wrestler in the f*cking
world’,” Lethal said. “He starts crying and
says, ‘Thank you. Thank you so much.'”
Flair’s son-in-law Andrade El Idolo also had
that pressure, after all, it’s family for
“This match is the most important of my
career,” Andrade said. “This is
unbelievable. I don’t even have words for
this,” he continued, adding that Flair is an
inspiration for him.
At the end of the day, Flair survived, and
was immediately checked by two doctors as
soon as he stepped foot backstage. He looked
tired, gassed out, and at times barely able
to walk, but Flair did what he set out to
do: entertain the crowd for one last time.
The main event was truly a “forbidden door”
moment. Jarrett, a WWE Senior Vice
President, tagged with Lethal, an AEW star,
and took on another AEW star, Andrade, and
Flair. The ring announcer, Dave Penzer, was
a former WCW guy who now works for Impact
Wrestling, the commentary was headed by
AEW’s Tony Schiavone, and the referee was
former WWE senior ref Mike Chioda. The event
was produced by Impact Wrestling crew and
directed by former WWE producer and current
Impact producer David Sahadi.