This time one year ago, The Nature Boy Ric Flair was in ICU fighting for his life. The 16x World Champion and greatest wrestler of all time was dying as his organs shut down and he was rushed into emergency surgery. It seemed inevitable that we were going to lose the Nature Boy. Fortunately, he kicked out at 2, and we have the Stylin and Profilin’ one still around. Naitch took this anniversary to reflect on his journey from that day and how his brush with death changed his life for the better.
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1 Year Ago Today Almost To The Hour, I Was In A Coma Undergoing Surgery And Given A 20% Chance Of Living. I Don’t Even Know How To Begin To Thank Wendy For Never Leaving My Side While In A Coma For 12 Days And ICU For 31 Days While Continuing To Mother Her Children With The Support Of Neighbors And Friends, And Actually Learning And Becoming A Full Time Nurse As Well. Taking Care Of Someone In My Condition Is No Task Anyone Would Want To Undertake, But She Did. Also Want To Thank My Two Beautiful Daughters Who Dropped Everything In Their Life To Come Stay By My Side And Never Gave Up. My Family At The WWE Was There For Everything Like They Have Been My Whole Career. I Can’t Thank Everyone Enough For Every Text, Thought, And Prayer. My Second Surgery Was Successful. I Guess I Will Forever Wonder Why I Was Given A Second Chance. But I’ll Take It And I Won’t Let Anyone Down!
Flair thanked his fiancee, his family, and the WWE for supporting him through all of his comas, surgeries, and rehabs. Perhaps it is these words that are the most powerful:
“I Guess I Will Forever Wonder Why I Was Given A Second Chance. But I’ll Take It And I Won’t Let Anyone Down!”
You have a lot of life left to live, Nature Boy! Just take it a little easier, OK?