Add “The Nature Boy” to the growing list of talent that won’t be working WrestleMania 36 due to the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Ric Flair will not be working the two-night WrestleMania pay-per-view next weekend, as the two-time WWE Hall Of Fame legend confirmed the news himself in a new video released on his official YouTube channel.
On Thursday evening, ‘Naitch released the video, which was dubbed “Keeping It Real!” and featured him delivering a message to fans about the COVID-19 Outbreak that has spread like wildfire throughout the world.
Additionally, the video featured Flair confirming that he will not be working the WrestleMania 36 pay-per-view this year, as he apparently did not travel to Orlando, Florida for any of the WrestleMania 36 tapings at the WWE Performance Center, when all of the matches for the two-night PPV were filmed earlier this week on Wednesday and Thursday.
“I am the king of doing what’s wrong in life, self-admittedly I’ve never done anything right and I … here I am selfishly thinking that I’m missing WrestleMania — the greatest athletes in the world performing with nobody there — and I’m thinking that that’s making a statement by not going,” said an emotional Flair in the video.
Flair would continue his message to fans, pleading with them to practice good hygiene at the highest level and to implement social-distancing in their day-to-day lives until the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic begins to subside.
“And that’s the last thing … it’s learning right now that we have to ‘Social Distance,'” Flair continued. “We have to practice hygiene at its’ highest. We have to learn how to be self-contained. We have to beast this virus.”
He added, “We have to entertain ourselves, be it [ESPN’s] “First Take” [and/or] “Get Up,” [or] be it Amazon, Netflix, just do it … please, so that we can go out and enjoy the world as we have for years.”
Check out the complete “Keeping It Real!” video from Ric Flair below.