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Permit me to mark out one last time 
Friday, April 4th, 2008 | 11:53 am [video, wrestling]
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.
Friday, April 4th, 2008 | 09:24 pm (UTC)
Sorry, but the greatest wrestler of all time is my buddy Mick Foley.


Friday, April 4th, 2008 | 10:30 pm (UTC)
Rick, you know I like and respect you. I also think Mick Foley is one of the coolest people on the planet, a really funny and talented guy, and an underrated in-ring performer. And he once said, "Build me a ladder tall enough and I'll elbow-drop the world." How do you not love the guy?

Therefore, I shall not allow you to draw me into a Flair vs. Foley debate. I shall, instead, only say this: Ric Flair was carrying the NWA on his back and having legendary matches all over the world before Mick Foley took his first chair-shot. He was the best worker in the business for most of the 80s and a piece of the 90s, and he didn't need to bleed like a pig or fall off a cage onto a table in order to get over.

Although he would bleed like a pig when he had to. Ever see that match he had with Randy Savage at WrestleMania VIII? Goddamn. He must've chewed an asprin before that one.

I bid you good day, sir.
Saturday, April 5th, 2008 | 04:54 am (UTC)
I wonder what a rookie Flair would have thought if you had told him that his career would end 34 years later in a 20 minute long main event segment that would entirely disregard kayfabe.
Saturday, April 5th, 2008 | 03:32 pm (UTC)
To quote Joel Robinson, "He'd laugh!"
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