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Ric Flair details his 13 days on life support to Mike Tyson

Ric Flair must make the cats jealous. The retired WWE professional wrestler apparently has more lives imaginable after surviving a plane crash in 1975 and battling various health issues.

Flair recently made an appearance on the Hotboxing with Mike Tyson Podcast. There he discussed these battles. He spoke to the former heavyweight champion about his 13 days on life support and his 10% chance of survival.

Mike Tyson said he learned a lot from Ric Flair and wrestling

Former professional wrestler Ric Flair on the court before the game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Houston Texans at TIAA Bank Field on December 19, 2021 in Jacksonville, Florida. | Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images.

Tyson and Flair were at the top of their profession at the peak of their careers.

Flair is considered by many to be the greatest wrestler of all time. “The Nature Boy” is a 16-time WWE Recognized World Champion. Pro Wrestling Illustrated named Flair Wrestler of the Year six times. Flair, 73, is a two-time WWE Hall of Famer.

Tyson became the world’s youngest heavyweight boxing champion at the age of 20. He became a different person when he entered the ring. Tyson told Flair that he learned personality changes from watching wrestling.

“I’m a wrestling fan and I’ve been watching you forever,” Tyson told Flair on Hotboxing with Mike Tyson. “I was a wrestling fan before I even thought about boxing.

“That’s why when I’m on stage and talking like I’m the baddest man on the planet, I learned this whole thing from wrestling. Mohamed Ali too. He just went butterfly , and I followed the hard and nasty road.

“I realize that life is *** bulls, talking shit because the guy who doesn’t talk, he just plays. Wrestling was so successful because it was a soap opera for men. That’s why I’ve been so successful.

Ric Flair told Mike Tyson he was on life support for 13 days

Flair has been through it all. Not only did he survive the plane crash that broke his back in three places, but he was also struck twice by lightning and had myriad health issues.

“I consider myself lucky,” Flair told Tyson. “I survived a plane crash, struck twice by lightning. Then I almost died four years ago. I was really sick. I was on life support for 13 days and in intensive care for 31 days.

Today, he says he feels good.

“I came back,” he said. “It took me a few years, literally, to get over it. I couldn’t walk, and I couldn’t pop a can of Diet Coke. I lost 43 pounds.

“My intestine ruptured. I was drinking. Everyone thought it was from excessive drinking, but it was actually because I had what is called intestinal adhesion during from a previous operation for appendicitis. It’s like one in a million. Believe me, I researched for a million reasons, but mostly because I wanted to drink again.

“Every time you have a bowel fix, once in a million, they can burst again, and that’s what happened.”

Flair told Tyson he had a 10% chance of living

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Flair said he couldn’t remember all the details because he was in so much pain. He remembers being given a 10% chance of living.

“I was septic and had pneumonia,” Flair recalled. “I had respiratory heart failure, total kidney failure. Ten percent chance of living 13 days. Then I stopped the respirator.

Tyson asked if he lived differently after this experience.

“Yeah,” Flair said, “but I had no memory for six months, and that’s what was really hard. I could remember going forward, but I couldn’t remember anything for six I did 22 CT scans, and they said I might never get my memory back again. Then all of a sudden, sad for a lot of people, but I started to remember.

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