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Competing within the remaining match of his illustrious profession, “Nature Boy” Ric Aptitude teamed together with his son-in-law, All Elite Wrestling star Andrade El Idolo, to defeat Jeff Jarrett and Jay Deadly on Sunday at Nashville Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.
Aptitude began the match towards Deadly, with Jarrett avoiding him by means of the early exchanges. The legend introduced out a few of his trademark strikes and celebrations, which delighted the group.
Because the match wore on, Aptitude was busted open however continued to battle on. He endured a suplex from Deadly and was put in his personal Determine-4 Leglock submission by Jarrett.
The closing sequence noticed Jarrett inadvertently hit Deadly with a guitar earlier than Aptitude hit Jarrett with brass knuckles and locked within the Determine-4 to get the pin. Confetti fell from the rafters in celebration of Aptitude’s remaining victory. His relations had been in attendance, as had been wrestling legends like The Undertaker, Mick Foley and Bret Hart.
Aptitude addressed the group after the match, reflecting on his profession and thanking his household, his associates and the followers one final time:
The 73-year-old Aptitude, who final wrestled a match for TNA in 2011, started preparations for his remaining match a couple of months in the past, and it wasn’t till not too long ago that his accomplice and opponents had been revealed.
Aptitude had been coaching with Deadly, however an angle was run that noticed Deadly and Jarrett assault Aptitude in a parking zone, leaving him in a pool of blood.
That set the stage for the match with Aptitude selecting Andrade, who’s married to his daughter, WWE Celebrity Charlotte Aptitude, as his accomplice.
The match had initially been scheduled to happen on the Nashville Fairgrounds sooner or later after WWE’s SummerSlam occasion in Nashville, and whereas the bout did happen throughout SummerSlam weekend, it was moved to a much bigger venue due to excessive ticket demand.
Aptitude grew to become a free agent final August after he requested his launch from WWE. Upon receiving his launch, Aptitude tweeted the next, noting that he had no ailing will towards the corporate:
Ric Aptitude® @RicFlairNatrBoy
Aptitude had been making pretty common appearances on WWE programming since late 2012 after his contract with TNA expired.
Aptitude’s remaining on-screen work in WWE noticed him get entangled in a storyline with Charlotte and Lacey Evans early final 12 months. It was urged within the angle that Aptitude was romantically concerned with Evans, which is why he turned on his daughter and aligned himself with Lacey.
The storyline got here to an finish in February 2021 when Evans introduced she was legitimately pregnant. Aptitude was taken off tv shortly thereafter.
Days after getting launched by WWE, Aptitude appeared at AAA’s Triplemania occasion and was within the nook of his future son-in-law, Andrade El Idolo, for his match towards Kenny Omega.
Aptitude even bought bodily within the match by chopping Omega and placing Konnan within the Determine-4 Leglock.
Whereas Aptitude has primarily acted in a managerial or particular look position over the previous a number of years, he’s greatest recognized for being one of many best wrestlers of all time.
His 16 world titles in NWA, WCW and WWE are acknowledged as probably the most ever together with John Cena, and to at the present time, Aptitude stays an enormous half of popular culture due to his “stylin’, profilin’, limousine-riding, jet-flying, kiss-stealing, wheelin’ and dealin’ son of a gun” persona.
Aptitude getting bodily at his age and with the intense well being issues he has encountered lately could not have been one of the best thought, however he has lengthy mentioned his want to get again within the ring.
Aptitude did exactly that on Sunday although he practically died from a bowel obstruction and kidney failure 5 years in the past.
Now, Aptitude can journey off into retirement together with his remaining match within the books, however given his love for wrestling and being within the highlight, it would not be shocking to see him tackle a job with WWE or AEW if both has curiosity in signing him.