Ric Flair has revealed that not only does he feel better than ever following his health scare, but doctors have even cleared him to take bumps if called upon.
It is always hard for fans when we lose a legend from the wrestling business. Sadly, in 2018, it feels like that has been happening more frequently than usual. Just last week the innovative Dynamite Kid and legendary Larry Hennig both passed away. During the summer of 2017, the industry came very close to losing one of, if not the, greatest of all time, Ric Flair.
News broke that The Nature Boy had been rushed to the hospital and while there, he was placed in a medically induced coma. Not good, and after the worst was over, Flair revealed he was told he had a 20% chance of survival. Thankfully, the 16 time World Champion kicked out and he is still with us today.
Flair discussed that scary time in his life with Stone Cold on The Steve Austin Show recently. Naitch also discussed what his life has been like since, divulging that even though he no longer drinks like he used to, he still has two or three on special occasions. He also made the somewhat shocking revelation that if WWE were to call on him to take a bump or two, doctors have officially cleared him for that eventuality.
"The guys have cleared me to do anything. I’ve actually been cleared to get knocked down in the ring," Flair told Austin and his listeners. By guys, we are assuming Naitch means WWE doctors. We assume that because Flair brought up his returned ability to take bumps when discussing his recent appearance at WWE Starrcade. He mentioned that he wasn't sure how WWE planned to use him prior to the event.
Just because Flair can take bumps we don't necessarily think that he should. He may have made a full recovery following his health scare but we would not like to be the one tasked with knocking him down for the first time. We imagine WWE is on the same page as us with that one. Flair doesn't need to be in any physical altercations. In fact, harking back to Crown Jewel, perhaps no one over the age of 50 should be involved physically in WWE.