April 5, 2008
Cry and cry again for Flair
By TIM BAINES - Ottawa Sun

I admit, I cry. It really doesn't take much to turn me into a blubbering mess.

Brian's Song. Remember the Titans. I cried. Funerals, weddings ... it doesn't take much.

So you can imagine how difficult it was for me to remain on an even keel when Ric Flair rose from the mat after losing to Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24 in Orlando. The loss meant Flair, my all-time favourite, The Nature Boy, had to retire ... finally, at age 59.

As Flair made his way to his family at ringside, all of them in tears, well, my eyes welled up. The next night on RAW, I bawled as WWE's superstars, along with The Four Horsemen (including Tully Blanchard), Ricky Steamboat and Harley Race, paid an emotional tribute to Flair. Even heels like JBL, Snitsky and Edge were chanting "Thank you Ric" along with thousands of fans. What a moment!

WHAT YOU THINK
Did you cry when Ric Flair lost at WrestleMania, or at Raw's ceremony in his honour?
Yes - 47%
No - 40%
Didn't see either - 13%
I briefly talked to Flair in the hotel bar and bought him a $10 glass of red wine. He was gracious as I shook his hand and thanked him. At least I didn't cry then.

Toronto pay-per-view

It looks like a WWE pay-per-view show, possibly No Way Out, will be held in Toronto next year.

Ring notes

For those who haven't heard, The Undertaker beat Edge to win the world title ... Randy Orton retained his title in a Triple Threat match with Triple H and John Cena, CM Punk won the Money in the Bank match and Floyd Mayweather KO'd The Big Show with several chair shots and brass knuckles ... Cryme Tyme is back on RAW.

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