Two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair recently spoke to WWE UK to promote next week’s RAW Legends Night. When asked to pick the greatest in-ring performer in pro wrestling history, Flair named Shawn Michaels without any hesitation.
“It’s not arguable anymore, Shawn is the greatest worker in the history of our business,” said Flair [h/t/ Inside the Ropes]. “I think everybody would give that to him,” added Flair.
The Nature Boy went onto thank HBK for giving him a memorable retirement match at WrestleMania XXIV.
“He carried me in my farewell retirement match, no matter how many people want to think I was holding up my end of it, I was trying to get through it,” recalled Flair.
“At that point in my career I did not have the self-confidence that I needed to have to rise to the occasion and he made it look like I did. I’ve looked back and actually had time the past couple of years to watch some of Shawn’s matches that he had while I was at WCW and Shawn just is a class act.”
While maintaining that HBK was the greatest in-ring worker ever, he put his legendary rival Ricky Steamboat in the same class as Michaels.
“For my money, in the ring, I’d put him and Ricky Steamboat in a class by themselves,” said Flair. “I always liked being around Shawn. As far as a guy in the ring I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody better.”
As noted, Flair is among a host of Legends and Hall of Famers announced for RAW Legends Night. Others advertised for Monday’s show include Alicia Fox, Beth Phoenix, Big Show, Boogeyman, Booker T, Candice Michelle, Carlito, Hillbilly Jim, Hulk Hogan, IRS (Irwin R. Schyster), Ivory, Jacqueline, Jeff Jarrett, Jimmy Hart, Kurt Angle, Mark Henry, Melina, Michael “PS” Hayes, Mickie James, Sgt. Slaughter, Tatanka, and Torrie Wilson.