WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair talked about his issues with health in a recent interview and made a shocking revelation: WWE had a whole tribute video package done and ready to broadcast when his health was really bad in 2017.
Flair told The Pivot Podcast in a recent appearance (via Wrestlingnews) that he was in a coma and woke up 31 days later in the ICU. He spent nearly two weeks on life support after waking up. For half a year, “The Nature Boy” had no memory and couldn’t remember anything from the past. Chances of Flair making it out alive seemed grim, and WWE even made a video package for him in case news breaks out that he passed away. Flair revealed that there was only a 5% chance that he could survive.
Flair has a heart condition called alcoholic cardiomyopathy. He had surgery in August of 2017 to remove an obstructive piece of bowel. This led to several complications, most seriously kidney failure, which needed dialysis treatment and ongoing hospitalization. Flair was discharged from rehabilitation and was able to go back home the next month.
Flair said that he still wants to enjoy living his life. He is not going to stop having fun after spending a year worrying about dying. Flair overcame that anxiety after being sick and now he’s feeling more comfortable. He started consuming alcohol again; beginning with one beer, then later upgrading to champagne, followed by two beers. Two years later, he’s able to drink vodka now.
Flair said she has nothing left to do anymore and he’s decided he’s going to have fun and stop worrying.