As I mentioned Sunday, the greatest pro wrestler that ever laced up a pair of boots worked his last match at WrestleMania. Pro wrestling is a sick, dangerous, brutal, corrupt industry, and there are a million aspects of it about which we should all be deeply troubled, but the way Ric Flair's farewell has been handled by the WWE is not one of them. On Raw this week, Ric came out to give a farewell promo, and was treated to a parade of legends and current stars, all walking to the ring to pay tribute to the greatest of all time.
Here, in two parts, is the Flair retirement tribute from Raw:
The WWE devotes half an hour of its flagship telecast to honoring a man who spent the best years of his career wrestling for their direct competition. That's something. I doubt that Hulk Hogan, who was the top draw in the company for almost ten years, will get such treatment, should he ever officially hang up his yellow tights for good. Anyway, that's my gushing of wrestling fandom. See you tomorrow.