In a recent interview with Busted Open Radio, the Nature Boy Ric Flair discussed the recent “dream match” between the Undertaker and Goldberg at last Friday’s WWE Super Showdown. Despite it receiving much criticism, Flair admits that he enjoyed the bout up until the last minute, and believes that the sloppy portions weren’t due to age, but the long periods of not wrestling in between appearances.
They opened up hot, I loved it. loved the match, up until the last minute and a half. Whatever you want to say about anybody in this business, he (the Undertaker) is going to be on Mt. Rushmore if there is one. You can say no wrong about The Undertaker, he is the talent of a lifetime. And, Bill Goldberg had arguably the greatest run of anyone for years and never had anybody spend more than a half-hour with him learning the fundamentals of the business and he pulled it off.
It’s tough, it’s not factored around age. It’s hard to just come in and work two or three times a year, it’s hard. They are making a big deal about Kevin Durant coming in? Try and take six months off of wrestling and getting into the ring. Climbing on a Stairmaster or elliptical is not the answer to getting in the ring and going full speed.
Flair later stated that he couldn’t let a minute of fatigue define a wrestler, and wondered what the response would have been if the spots all went smooth.
I don’t like it, but that doesn’t mean that they cannot have an opinion. I don’t have an agenda here. I cannot let a minute or two of fatigue define anybody. It’s funny, had they gone on one more minute perfect and hit it, everyone would have been like ‘Oh my god that was perfect.’ It was like they got me again when he hit the spear, I thought it was the Brock deal. And then he came out of it. The same people that are critiquing this, ‘we’re going crazy when he was walking on the top rope.’ What does their opinion mean?
“It’s tough, and it’s not factored around age.”@RicFlairNatrBoy explains why, no matter the age, long breaks from the ring are a bigger contributing factor to stamina & in-ring performance than age.@davidlagreca1 @bullyray5150 #WWESSD #RAW #SDLive #WWE pic.twitter.com/SmlcnA4tyM
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