Ric Flair Won't Take Blood Thinner Meds Before Starrcast Match; Pacemaker a Concern

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJune 23, 2022

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JUNE 23: American wrestler Ric Flair attends a press conference where July 31rst is declared β€œRic Flair Day” in Music City at Nashville Fairgrounds on June 23, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
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Ric Flair's attempt to allay concerns for his health heading into his farewell match may have done the opposite.

At a press conference Thursday, the 73-year-old wrestling legend downplayed the risk in him stepping back inside a ring:

Teresa Walker @TeresaMWalker

Ric Flair says he's only worried about his pacemaker getting unplugged and an inner ear issue for his last match now set for July 31. Says he won't take his blood thinner medication that day.

Wrestling Observer @WONF4W

Ric Flair said the only concerns health-wise in training and returning was his inner ear issues, blood thinners (he won't take one that day) and his pacemaker ("you can just plug it back in"). ^JN

Flair is scheduled to compete at Starrcast V on July 31 against an opponent yet to be named.

From the moment the idea began gaining steam, fans questioned whether it was a sensible idea given both his age and health history. In 2017, he was placed on life support for 10 days from complications due to decades of misusing alcohol.

Despite the general sense of anxiety heading into the event, it appears Flair remains committed to competing on the Starrcast card.