He’s known as one of the wildest party animals in wrestling history but if Ric Flair doesn’t quit drinking he’ll have no life left to enjoy.
“I’ll never drink again,” the Hall of Famer vowed to People Magazine in his first interview since being hospitalized in August.
‘The Nature Boy’ had to be put in a medically induced coma following severe stomach pains, while doctors removed part of his bowel and inserted a pacemaker. The 68-year-old was suffering from kidney failure, congestive heart failure and had damaged his digestive system after decades of excessive alcohol intake.
“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” said the former 16 time World Champion.
“I’ve never taken a pain pill in my life,” he explained. “I’d just take a shower, flip my hair back and go to the best bar in town.”
“The joke was with the doctors was that the only thing that was alive and kicking, sitting at the bar waiting for me was my liver,” he joked in another interview with Dan LeBatard. “My liver was completely normal. He (the doctor) said, ‘You’re a strange dude.’ Everything else was gone but my liver was sitting there.”
Now, the father of four says he is dedicated to doing better.
“I never want to go through this again.”
Flair, who remains under a WWE Legend’s contract is now home, but still under close care from his doctors.