If you watched ESPN's 30 for 30 documentary on "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair, you realize just how lucky he is to still be alive today. Sleeping with thousands of women, drinking over 10 cans of beer a day and partying nonstop over the past several decades would do serious damage to anyone's well-being.
All of the recklessness in Flair's life led to him almost dying this past summer after his body decided to shut down. Now, WWE Hall of Famer Jake "The Snake" Roberts says that Flair doesn't want any help after his hospitalization per CYinterview.com. Roberts says that Flair believes he can overcome his demons on his own.
"I even tried to help Mr. Flair and I hope Ric can do it. He's sure going at it with the wrong attitude. He thinks he snapped his fingers, that he can just beat it. There's a lot more to it...He's in the hospital and he's made that decision to quit drinking. My God I made that decision a million times and he thinks that's all there is to it. There's a lot more to it because you know why he's in that hospital, that disease we call alcoholism is outside doing pushups getting ready for him to come out of the hospital. You're in a guarded position in the hospital. You know, there's not a lot of alcohol around."
Roberts is right. When it comes to something as serious as alcoholism, you can't beat it on your own and Flair is going to need help.
Flair needs people around him that will help him stay away from alcohol and encourage him to do the right thing. Hopefully he'll break off any friendships with people that will be a negative influence on him as the last thing he needs is to relapse. If he ends up in the hospital again, he may not survive again.
The entire wrestling world saw how emotional Flair was when he was able to watch his daughter Charlotte win her first title with WWE. So I'm sure he would love to be around to watch her continue to be successful.
Flair needs to explore life and find things that interest him, other than wrestling and alcohol, because those two things have consumed him over the past several decades and have led him down a dark road.
It would be nice if WWE could find a job for Flair, but I'm not sure how much that would help him. He might need to be separated from the wrestling world because it could be a trigger for him and his alcoholism.
Comment and give us your thoughts on Flair. Do you think he'll be able to stay away from alcohol and keep his life clean? Or will he fall again?