RIC FLAIR says that he is back in training for yet another comeback after being inspired by Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat’s upcoming return.
The 69-year-old Steamboat will come out of retirement on November 27 at a Big Time Wrestling event at Raleigh in North Carolina.
He last wrestled 12 years ago when he tagged with his son, Richie Steamboat, against The Dudebusters’ Caylen Croft and Trent Barreta, for an independent promotion.
The WWE legend was a household name during the 1980s and early 90s while working for Vince McMahon and rival company WCW.
His last singles match occurred at a WWE house show against Drew McIntyre in 2009, which happened just after Steamboat made his return following a 15-year retirement at WrestleMania 25.
That came on the very same weekend that he was inducted into WWE’s hall of fame, with his previous match coming in 1994 against Steve Austin before he decided to call it a day due to a back injury.
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An opponent for Steamboat’s big comeback has yet to be announced – however it has led to fellow icon Flair getting himself back in ring shape.
The Nature Boy, 73, just last month made his own winning return to the ring in a bout dubbed his “Last Match Ever” as he joined forces with Andrade El Idolo to beat Jay Lethal and Jeff Jarrett in Nashville.
However, now the 16-time world champion has claimed Steamboat has inspired him to make another comeback.
During his podcast on AdFreeShows.com, he said: “It’s one of those deals where nobody’s ever going to be Ricky Steamboat.
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“So they might as well watch him while they can and enjoy the opportunity, because there never will be another Ricky Steamboat.
“At every level, he’s better than 50 per cent of the guys in the business today, and he wouldn’t get in the ring if he wasn’t.
“He holds himself to a very high standard, and I imagine he’ll probably look better than the guys he’s in the ring with because he’s always in good shape.”
He then added: “Steamboat coming back makes me want to come back again. I went back up to Lincoln and started training again. What else is there to do?”
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