– During a recent edition of the Wooo! Nation (transcript via WrestlingInc.com) podcast, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair discussed his classic WrestleMania 18 match with The Undertaker. Below are some highlights.
Flair on how Triple H informed him that Undertaked asked to work with him at WrestleMania: “Hunter walks out to me at [WWE Monday Night] RAW about a month [after WWE Royal Rumble] and says, ‘Taker wants to work with you at ‘Mania.’ I said, ‘what?’ I mean, I was in shock, right, that he would [want to]. He said, ‘yeah, well, Taker wants to work with you at WrestleMania.’ And I said, ‘my God, I’m overwhelmed. That’s great.’” Flair continued, “I was just thrilled. I never dreamed that I would even be in that spot again because when I told him I’d come back [to WWE], I thought I was never going to wrestle. It ended up, obviously, being part of my legacy, wrestling all those matches.”
Flair on which version of Undertaker he prefers: “I like the original Undertaker better, but he pulls this off too. He said, ‘I just got tired of it.’ And he likes motorcycles. Like, it didn’t change the persona of him. I mean, he didn’t change his work or anything. He just changed the look a little bit and he just was great.”
Flair on how he worked the match with The Undertaker: “He and I, we just talked out there [in the ring]. Does that make sense? I mean, we had an outline, but I had worked with him a lot in the 90s, so we were really familiar with each other.”
Flair on how the match worked out: “I would have loved to have worked with him when I was, like, 35 or something like that. I could’ve really given him a match, but this worked out pretty good.” Flair added, “he sold the crap out of stuff for me. That’s what got the match over because nobody thought I would be able to do anything with him. But when he let me get him down on the ground, he let me get on him good.”
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