Earlier this year the professional wrestling world was in for quite the scare when two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair was hospitalized.
Flair was taken to the hospital by his fiancee after he began complaining about pain. He was taken in for emergency surgery and was later in a coma with a small percent chance of living. The professional wrestling world was shocked by the news that one of the pioneers of the business was in such a terrible physical state. Prayers from the entire WWE Universe went out on social media and the entire wrestling world was hoping Flair would kick out of his health funk.
Finally, weeks later, Flair is now out and about and is back to his old self. "The Nature Boy" is the most accomplished professional wrestler of his time, setting a record-tying 16 World Championship wins. His daughter, Charlotte Flair, is now one of the top female competitors in the WWE and has own multiple World Titles of her own.
She recently joined The Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast to discuss her experience with her father's hospitalization and claimed that at one point Ric didn't even recognize who she was for a brief period of time (quotes via Wrestle Zone):
“I had just got back from China. I got there and I was like, okay I know it’s serious and the doctor was honest with us and said that my dad wasn’t breathing on his own and they didn’t want to do the surgery, but if they didn’t do the surgery then he was going to die.
"But they couldn’t say he was going to make it out of the surgery and his chances weren’t great so she told us to say our goodbyes. Me and my sister and my brother were like what the ….. How do you say goodbye to someone who wasn’t there?
"With my dad it’s like he is unbreakable so you don’t take it serious, but knowing that my dad never gets sick we were like okay, something is wrong.
“When he was first taken off the machine and the doctors wanted to have him walk around, obviously he needed help and support but he didn’t even know who I was, and he was just pushing the walker and quoting numbers of towns from shows in the 80’s.
"I was like, that’s great he can quote me the numbers from a show in Chicago in the 80’s but he doesn’t know who I am? I would just sit there and listen to him quote the numbers and was just like this is crazy.
"So, he is pushing the walker with the nurses and he is pushing and pushing and then he just stops and starts strutting in the ICU. He doesn’t know who I am, isn’t really talking but just does the strut and I was just like this isn’t real.
"When his 30 for 30 comes out in November, you will realize wrestling is my dad’s first love and that’s what he lives for. That’s why I think we are so close because now I am in the industry that he loves so much so I get it, I get wanting to be the main event every night.”
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