RIC FLAIR: Ric Flair says he was cleared by doctor ahead of final wrestling match, expects to be 85% (TMZ.com)

Posted on 5/21/122 by Casey Carver

73-year-old Ric Flair is returning to the ring as a wrestler
for the last time -- just years after cheating death
following a medical emergency in 2019 -- something Nature
Boy tells us wouldn't be happening if he wasn't cleared by
his doctor.

"I don't have any aches or pains. I know I've had the health
issues, but I asked 40 different doctors, and I decided I'm
only gonna listen to one. Not necessarily the one that was
gonna give me the right answer, but that I felt the most
comfortable with," Naitch told Babcock and Mojo on the "TMZ
Sports" TV show (weekdays on FS1).

Ric says the physician gave him a clean bill of health,
paving the way for him to return to the ring on July 31 in
Nashville, TN ... under Jim Crockett Promotions.

Naitch and his team are still looking for an opponent ...
something they expect to be squared away over the next few
days.

Question is, why is the 16x world champ -- an immortal
figure in the sport -- wrestling again?

Ric tells us he just wasn't happy with his last few
performances ... and knows he can be better.

"I couldn't stand the last couple of matches I had. Couldn't
stand the last year I had," Flair, who last wrestled against
Sting in 2011, told us.

"I needed someone to motivate me. And, what motivates me is
doing something I like to do, and that's wrestle."

Nature Boy admits he'll never be the exact guy he was in his
30s, 40s, and 50s, but he'll be pretty damn close.

"I'll never run at 100% again. But, I'll be running at 80,
85%."

And, let's face it ... just wrestling into your 70s is
pretty damn impressive. Factor in decades of wrecking your
body in the ring, a plane crash in 1975, and a near-death
medical emergency in 2019, and it's nothing short of
incredible that Naitch is about to kick ass in the ring.

Woooooooooo!!

We also talked to Ric and Wendy Barlow about her
humanitarian trip to Ukraine.

Wendy spent time helping many people in need in the war-torn
nation.

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