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WWE legend Ric Flair confirms wrestling comeback aged 73 for ‘one last match’

WWE legend Rick Flair will return to the ring this summer before officially retiring from wrestling at the age of 73.

The Nature Boy hasn’t wrestled since his 2011 showdown with fellow wrestling great Sting at TNA Impact.

WWE legend Rick Flair was released by the promotion last summer

WWE legend Rick Flair was released by the promotion last summerCredit: GETTY
But the wrestling icon will make a sensational return to the ring in July at the age of 73

But the wrestling icon will make a sensational return to the ring in July at the age of 73Credit: GETTY
Flair's farewell match will take place on an independent show at the Nashville Fairgrounds

Flair’s farewell match will take place on an independent show at the Nashville FairgroundsCredit: GETTY

But the WWE icon will make the walk to the ring one last time on July 31.

A fired-up Flair told ESPN: “I’m going to walk that aisle one last time to prove once and for all that to be the Man, you’ve got to beat the Man.”

Flair’s farewell match will take place on an independent show at the Nashville Fairgrounds.

An opponent has yet to be finalised for Flair’s last foray to the ring, nor has the type of match-up.

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Flair’s legendary career began all the way back in 1972 on the now-defunct American Wrestling Association.

But the Tennessee Titan is perhaps best known for his respective stints in WCW and the WWE.

Flair’s third stint in the WWE came to an end last summer when he asked Vince McMahon to grant him his release.

During a recent appearance on Renee Paquette’s Oral Sessions podcast, he recalled: “What happened was, I had a bunch of pending opportunities.

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“I had a bunch of things that I was doing currently, at the time, when I signed my contract.

“A couple of deals kept coming along that it got to the point where I was asking them – I think I probably exhausted them [by] asking – not to grandfather me in, but to let me do them.

“And then, of course, the answer was ‘You could do them, maybe.’ I thought of what I was going to say to you today and how I’m gonna handle this.

“I just decided that I wanted to finally, which I did for three years, make a living not being under a wrestling payroll. That’s all it was.

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“There was no animosity whatsoever. It was just business. I wanted to try something and they just had a different vision.”

“[WWE wanted me] to just get paid, basically. A lot of money. Nothing was wrong with that.”