Woo! The Rolex wearing, diamond ring wearing, kiss stealing, wheeling dealing, limousine riding, jet flying son of a gun is back for one last match. Ric Flair will step into the ring to headline the Ric Flair’s Last Match event from Nashville, TN on Sunday, July 31, 2022. Flair teams with Andrade to fight the duo of Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett.
The show also features talent from around the world for a stacked card of unique matchups. Gold will be on the line when Josh Alexander defends the Impact World Championship against former MLW heavyweight champ Jacob Fatu. Jordynne Grace defends the Impact Knockouts Championship against familiar faces in foe Deonna Purrazzo and friend Rachael Ellering.
Join us for live updates on the festivities and have fun chatting in the open thread to celebrate Ric Flair’s last match.
Tony Schiavone and David Crockett welcomed us to the broadcast to tunes of a snazzy disco funk tune. The Spanish announce team consisted of Hugo Savinovich and Carlos Cabrera. Ian Riccaboni joined for English commentary for the opening bout.
NJPW Young Lions Match: Ren Narita defeated Yuya Uemura. Japanese arm drags, Greco-Roman wrestling, and chops started the contest. Near pinfalls were a bulldog from Uemura and a bridging German suplex from Narita. Both men exchanged blows in the center of the ring. Uemura had the upper hand for an enziguri, but then he ran the ropes right into a bridging belly-to-belly suplex from Narita for the 1, 2, 3.
Schiavone hyped a promo from Ric Flair, however, Jay Lethal came out on stage instead. Lethal did his Flair impression delivering classic Flairisms. Lethal turned serious. He will embarrass Flair and beat him within an inch of his life. The fault lies with the fans for supporting an egomaniac.
Cut to a hype video of Jeff Jarrett, Karen Jarrett, and Lethal cruising on a motorboat. Lethal complimented Andrade’s ability, then he said Ric and Charlotte Flair both wish Charlotte had married Lethal instead of Andrade.
Dave Prazak from GCW joined the commentary booth.
Frank the Clown stole the microphone and stormed the ring to insult Flair. Jacob Fatu came in to shut him up. Frank backed away down the aisle into Mick Foley. After a handshake, Foley escorted Frank back into ring. Fatu pounced for a superkick and running hip check in the corner to leave Frank laying.
Dixie Carter, Nick Aldis, JBL, Trish Stratus, Kurt Angle, and Cody Rhodes sent well wishes for Flair.
Bunkhouse Battle Royal won by Mance Warner. Nick Gage crashed the match locking eyes with Bully Ray. A bunch of GCW wrestlers invaded the battle royal. Down the stretch, Bully Ray went on a run tossing out GCW crew.
The final four came down to Bully, James Storm, Mance Warner, and Joey Janela. Storm and Janela both skinned the cat. Storm clocked Janela with a superkick. Warner came over to dump Storm. Bully picked up Janela for an elimination. Bully punched Warner down to the mat then exited to get a table. Bully powerbombed Warner through the table inside the ring. Bully had Warner ready for an elimination, but Ole Mancer do-si-doed to reverse position and toss Bully for victory. GCW flooded the ring to celebrate. Warner was awarded a bronze boot and gold belt buckle. He drank beer out of the boot. Bully showed respect by pouring beer in Warner’s mouth.
Bunkhouse Battle Royal unofficial order of elimination:
1. Kal Herro by James Storm
2. Big Damo dumped by a group
3. Crimson by Second Gear Crew
4. Gringo Loco by Komander
5. Komander self-elimination running the top rope for a shooting star press to the floor
6. Some dude by Wolfie D
7. Wolfie D by Joey Janela
8. Sinn Bodhi by Joey Janela
9. Crowbar by Effy
10. Effy by Bully Ray
11. Mathew Justice by Bully Ray
12. Manders by Bully Ray
13. Jordan Oliver by Bully Ray
14. Rickey Shane Page by Bully Ray
15. Blake Christian by Bully Ray
16. James Storm by Mance Warner
17. Joey Janela by Bully Ray
18. Bully Ray by Mance Warner
Winner: Mance Warner
Sting had a message for Flair. He was grateful for Flair putting him on the map. Without Flair’s guidance, Sting never would have made it as far as he did in this business. Stinger relived a Flair memory shouting woos. For the match tonight, tear it up and be Ric Flair.
Jim Ross put over Flair as the greatest professional wrestler he’s ever seen. Business is about to pick up.
Cody Rhodes wondered if this would be Flair’s last match. Flair is the man and can do whatever he wants, even coming to Raw to put Cody in a figure-four. Cody said that Dusty Rhodes was proud to be Flair’s greatest opponent. Dusty considered Flair the GOAT.
Foley live on mic. He jumped at opportunity to watch the show live from the second row.
Nick Aldis spoke about Flair’s impact on his livelihood. Flair made the NWA world title prestigious. Aldis has worked so hard to restore the NWA legacy, but he could only do that due to Flair’s prior work. Walk that aisle and show the world why there will never be another Ric Flair.
Bob Caudle opened the PPV portion welcoming us to another outstanding wrestling event brought to you by Jim Crockett Promotions.
Scott D’Amore joined commentary.
Tag Team Dream Match: Motor City Machine Guns (Chris Sabin & Alex Shelley) defeated The Wolves (Eddie Edwards & Davey Richards). The Wolves leaned heel utilizing dirty tactics. They were close to victory when Edwards hit a backpack stunner on Sabin then Richards flew in for a double stomp. Shelley shoved Edwards into the pile to break the pin. MCMG rallied with a cutter to Edwards. Rapid teamwork offense took out Richards. MCMG finished Edwards on a Skull and Bones neckbreaker diving splash combo.
Joe Dombrowski joined commentary.
Grudge Match: Killer Kross defeated Davey Boy Smith Jr. Scarlett Bordeaux was ringside to support Kross for the MLW showcase match. Catch style bout. Smith worked the arm. Adrenaline pumped for a back and forth suplex train. The match progressed into a chess match on the mat. Kross suckered Smith into a rollup. When Smith kicked out, Kross exploded for violence. A Saito suplex led the way for a running forearm blow to the back of the head for victory.
Dolph Ziggler, Booker T, Shawn Michaels, Jake Roberts, Will Sasso, Doug Dillinger, and Lex Luger sent positive vibes for Flair.
Ian Riccaboni returned to commentary.
Four-way Match: Jonathan Gresham defeated Alan Angels, Nick Wayne, and Konosuke Takeshita. Two men legal with lucha rules to get in the match. The finish erupted with activity. Angels hit a C4 to Wayne. Angels attacked Gresham with a suicide dive on the outside and a discus lariat on the inside. Takeshita ran over for a deadlift German suplex to Angels to break the cover. Gresham scored a rolling cutter to Takeshita. Gresham then hit a springboard moonsault to Wayne. Gresham continued his attack with a suicide dive to Angels. Inside the ring, Gresham and Angels traded roll-ups. Gresham prevailed on a bridging O’Connor roll. With that win, Gresham earned a shot at the Progress World Championship.
Nick Aldis joined commentary.
Legacy Match: Brian Pillman Jr. & Brock Anderson defeated Ricky Morton & Kerry Morton. Arn Anderson and Robert Gibson were ringside. Hot tag to Ricky as the crowd popped loud. Ricky cleaned house until Brock picked him up for a bodyslam. Kerry dropkicked Ricky to land on top of Anderson for a pin. Pillman made the save. Kerry ejected Pillman from the ring. The referee tried to restore order getting Kerry to leave the ring. That served as a distraction for Pillman to take a cheap shot kick on an unsuspecting Ricky. Brock finished with a gourdbuster to pin Ricky.
Joe Dombrowski returned to commentary.
AAA Attraction: Fenix defeated Bandido, Laredo Kid, and Taurus in a four-way. Fast-paced lucha libre action with scintillating offense to earn, “This is awesome,” and, “Fight forever,” chants. Fenix did Fenix things. Laredo added high-flying. Bandido was wild with a suicide dive Code Red and a flipping fallaway slam to the outside. Taurus was a bull in a china shop wrecking luchadores. In the end, Fenix pinned Taurus on a Fire Driver.
Tom Hannifan (aka Tom Phillips) joined commentary.
Impact World Championship: Josh Alexander versus Jacob Fatu ends in a no-contest. Skillful technique versus power brawling. Highlights include a superplex from Alexander, a springboard corkscrew cannonball from Fatu, a handspring moonsault from Fatu, a double springboard split-legged moonsault from Fatu, a powerbomb backbreaker from Alexander, a Fosbury Flop from Fatu, three consecutive German suplexes from Alexander, and a pop-up Samoan drop from Fatu.
Right as the match was climaxing, Matt Cardona, Brian Myers, and Mark Sterling ran in to ruin the bout by attacking both men. The babyfaces recovered for Fatu to hit a superkick on Myers and for Alexander to plant Sterling on a spike piledriver. Cardona pleaded not to be touched due to his injury. DDP ran in from the crowd for a Diamond Cutter to Cardona to close the scene.
Jerry Jarrett and Jerry Lawler were in Jeff Jarrett’s locker room. Lawler advised Jeff to humiliate Flair and do the strut while Flair is flat on his back.
Ian Riccaboni was back on commentary once again.
For the First Time Ever: Briscoes defeated Von Erichs. Dem Boys were too much to handle and controlled the pace for much of the match. When they went for the Redneck Boogie teamwork finish, Marshall pulled Jay out of the ring. That cleared space for the Von Erich teamwork claw slam on Mark. Jay made the save on the pin. Briscoes took charge again for a neckbreaker and froggy bow combo on Ross for victory.
Tom Hannifan was back one more time on commentary.
Impact Knockouts Championship: Jordynne Grace retained against Deonna Purrazzo and Rachael Ellering. Ellering suffered a legitimate ankle injury within the first minute when Grace rolled on her leg during a takedown. Ellering continued the match in pain and still performed well.
A close finish came on a sequence of Grace hitting a spinebuster to Ellering then Purrazzo jumping in for a whirling armbar to Grace. Ellering came over for the break, but Purrazzo snatched her arm instead. Grace swooped in from behind to choke Purrazzo. All three were back on their feet for a Tower of Doom with Ellering at the base. Ellering hit a spinning sidewalk slam to Grace. Purrazzo broke the pin. Heavy blows all around. Grace escaped a piledriver to wallop Purrazzo with a spinning backfist. Grace executed the Grace Driver on Purrazzo, but Ellering broke the cover scoring a crucifix pin on Grace. Grace kicked out then pounced for a rear naked choke. Ellering tapped out, and Grace retained the gold.
Undertaker and Michelle McCool joined Mick Foley to watch the main event.
Ric Flair’s Last Match: Ric Flair & Andrade El Idolo defeated Jay Lethal & Jeff Jarrett. Karen Jarrett was ringside to support her husband. Lengthy bout with Flair working magic to pop the crowd on hot tags, chops, and struts. Jarrett bloodied Flair in the middle of the match. For the climax, there was a ref bump and a guitar shot. Lethal accidentally superkicked the referee. Jarrett brought in his guitar to hit Flair. Andrade pulled Flair out of the way. Jarrett whacked Lethal. Andrade superkicked Jarrett. Conrad Thompson threw brass knuckles to Andrade to hand Flair. Flair punched Jarrett in the kisser. Dave Miller ran in as backup referee. Flair locked in the figure-four to Jarrett, who was out cold. Since Jarrett’s shoulders were on the mat, the ref counted three awarding the victory to Flair and Andrade. (Full details here.)
Flair gave a post-match promo in tears. This match is his last. Flair thanked the fans for their support. He’s going downtown to party with Kid Rock.