Ric Flair gave high praise to Shawn Michaels, stating he is the greatest worker ever in professional wrestling. Flair is a two-time WWE Hall-of-Famer, and recently “The Nature Boy” did an interview with WWE UK to promote Monday, January 4th’s episode of Raw on the USA Network titled Raw Legends Night. Flair was asked to pick who he would pick as the greatest in-ring performer in all of pro-wrestling history, Flair did not hesitate to name Shawn Michaels being the best.
He said, “It’s not arguable anymore, Shawn is the greatest worker in the history of our business,” Flair believes everybody would give such a compliment by acknowledging “HBK” as truly defining what it takes to earn the title of greatest worker. Not just his specific generation, but he argues Michaels has a legacy that’s cannot be argued against when one talks about a historic and legendary career. Ric Flair has no doubts of Shawn’s great recognition in this case. I’m paraphrasing with my own personal opinion, regardless Ric and Shawn have such a special friendship and relationship because like with Triple H, Flair is his hero and now a peer to those superstars and legends who came after him.
If you’re a wrestling fan, how can anyone forget easily one of Flair and Michaels best matches when they wrestled an all-time classic at a most memorable retirement match at WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando, Florida. What a magical night it was for both men. If I’m not mistaken it was Flair himself who selected Michaels to be his opponent, someone can correct me on that. But from a fan’s point of view, my thoughts and feelings when hearing about the fact later, showed all fans the mutual respect, admiration and love “The Nature Boy” and “HBK” had for the other.
Flair told of how Michaels carried him in his farewell retirement match. He said, “no matter how many people wanted to think I was holding up my end of it, I was trying to get through our match.” The man who is still revered as one of the greatest pro-wrestlers ever admitted at that point in his career, “I did not have the self-confidence that I needed to have to rise to the occasion and he made it look like I did,” said Flair. When looking back on his career he had time to actually watch some of Shawn’s matches in WWE, while Ric was still wrestling for WCW, “and Shawn was just such a class act.” Flair puts his longtime rival and fellow legendary wrestler Ricky Steamboat in the same class as Shawn Michaels, while still standing behind his statement and according to his personal opinion that HBK was the greatest in-ring worker ever in wrestling. Flair when talking about Steamboat and Michaels, “For my money, in the ring, I’d put him and Ricky Steamboat in a class by themselves. I always liked and enjoyed being around Shawn. As far as a guy in the ring, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody better.”
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