A legendary main event
Tonight at 10/9 CT, live on Sci Fi, the legendary 16-time World Champion Ric Flair will step into an ECW ring for the first time in his illustrious and celebrated career to challenge Big Show for the ECW World Heavyweight Championship.
Even though Monday Night RAW (where he was viciously attacked by the new ECW World Heavyweight Champion) was not the greatest warm-up for The Nature Boy, the living legend still looks forward to the opportunity to become a record 17-time World Champion…even if it means going into the unpredictable and hardcore environment that is ECW, in an Extreme Rules contest.
"The word hardcore doesn't intimidate me, it never has," said the surefire Hall of Famer. "Big Show is a big guy, a tough guy. He's an awesome physical specimen, but I've been in the ring with everyone that's been in this business and I've wrestled Big Show before, so I know what to expect and I'm looking forward to it."
While the circumstances certainly don't favor the Nature Boy, Flair wants to remind everyone that the biggest mistake you can make is to underestimate the resourceful veteran.
"Every time that I got myself into a situation like this, instead of looking at it as a problem, I look at it as being an opportunity. Big Show better not underestimate me, not for one second."
If Big Show does make the mistake of underestimating Flair, it could lead to that historic 17th run as World Champion for the popular icon. Big Show doesn't expect that kind of letdown, and admits that he isn't impressed one bit by the accomplishments of the Nature Boy.
"I'm honestly sick of hearing that Ric Flair is a 16-time World Champion," said the 500-pound monster. "After a while, it loses its luster. I am far more impressed that I am the only man in history of this sport to have held the WWE, WCW and ECW World Championships. That is the record everyone should be shooting for."
As for those that doubt the validity of Big Show's current Championship reign, the oversized extremist suggests that the doubters step into the ECW ring and find out for themselves just how dominating a rejuvenated giant can be.
"Everyone is entitled to their own opinion," said the Champion. "If they would like to demonstrate how unqualified I am to be in this spot, they should step into the ring with the 7-foot tall, 500-pound giant with giant accomplishments, and see for themselves just how ‘unworthy' of a champion I really am."
Tonight on Sci Fi, the new breed will get a touch of the old school when the Nature Boy comes to town. Can the 16-time World Champion make history one more time? Or will Extreme Rules and a motivated Big Show prove to be too much for the veteran to handle? The questions will be answered tonight at 10/9 CT, live and only on Sci Fi.
WATCH Big Show challenge Flair last night on RAW