This year has been very newsworthy for the Nature Boy. He nearly died after suffering an illness in August, after which doctors gave him a 20 percent chance to live, but thankfully he got through that scare. Flair also released a new book called Second Nature, co-written with his daughter Charlotte Flair. And in November, there was a great ESPN 30 for 30 documentary about his life, where he was very honest and candid about his experiences.
Flair recently appeared on the “School of Morton” podcast with his good friend and fellow WWE Hall of Famer, Ricky Morton. The show is hosted by Scotty Campbell, who sent along some interesting comments from the guys, including a near-death experience on a boat for Flair. Here’s how Flair explained the story of falling off a boat that was moving, and Morton being the one that rescued him.
“I was trying to figure out my way. It was about a mile to the shore each way … maybe a little less. I was trying to figure out which way was closer when you guys found me.”
Morton backed him up on the story.
“This is true … this is Ric Flair: he had a $2,000 suit on … I pulled Ric in the boat. He had a necktie on, one sock, and his underwear. That’s all he had on.”
That mental image hilarious, yet somehow expected when Flair is involved.
Flair also talked about his hospital stay earlier in the year, and how he couldn’t remember anything from it.
“I got a really sharp pain in my stomach. I knew the pain. That was very similar to the pain I had the last time. Wendy took me to the hospital and my intestine had broken open, and that’s the last thing I remember. I don’t remember anything else.
“On Monday they put me in an induced coma. I stayed in that and on life support for 11 days. I don’t remember any of it. I just dreamt. I had to learn how to walk again. I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t do anything. I couldn’t twist the top off a Gatorade bottle or open a diet coke. I lost 43 pounds.”
Considering the unique and interesting life he has lead, Flair was asked for his advice on living life and he offered up this take:
“For me, I would say make the most of every day. When you come close to losing that opportunity, it makes you realize all the more how lucky you are to have that opportunity. So make the most of every day.”