Ric Flair appeared in a special by People where he spoke candidly about his near-death experience, what led to it and what he vows to do in the future in an effort to prevent more health problems.

Flair explains how different this pain is from any other he has ever experienced:

“I crashed in an airplane and broke my back, I’ve been hit by lightning. But this is totally different. Anything I’ve been through before is nothing like this.”

Doctors removed part of Flair’s bowel, inserting a pacemaker after Flair was found to be in the early stages of kidney failure and on the verge of congestive heart failure. As he explains, “It scared the s— out of me.”

This was due to excessive alcohol use over his years. Even now in recovery in a convalescent center in Atlanta. Flair needs help to sip water from a glass due to his shaking hands. He admits, “I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was.”

Flair would drink alcohol a lot during his younger years with fellow wrestlers to build a camaraderie around 1972. Flair explains:

“I never drank when I was working. But as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill.”

He continues by explaining that to an extent, alcohol served as a tonic when it came to coping with his injuries and intense physical pain sustained while competing. He says:

“I’ve never taken a pain pill in my life. I’d just take a shower, flip my hair back and go to the best bar in town.”

Following the events of the past month or so, Flair concludes by saying:

“I’ll never drink again. I never want to go through this again.”

We can’t recommend enough the following video showing Flair talking more in depth with People about his issues with alcohol over the years, including the perspective of others close to him. You can find that here.

You can also find a Fallout video from ‘Smackdown Live‘ below as Flair’s daughter Charlotte prepares to face Natalya at ‘Hell In A Cell’ for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.

Is Charlotte ready for Natalya at WWE Hell in a Cell?: SmackDown LIVE Fallout, Sept. 19, 2017

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