Rick Flair is officiating slapping contests ahead of Jake Paul vs Ben Askren. So, that’s just how surreal this boxing event has gotten this evening. The WWE legend was egging the contestants on and one of them even had to be helped up with medical attention after a powerful blow. It’s truly surreal to see Flair joking with the younger men about how he would be able to eat these slaps with ease. It’s just been a bizarre night and the main event hasn’t even begun yet. Paul has been adamant that he’s going to deliver another knockout, but only time will tell. Earlier this week, the polarizing YouTube star had some comments about CTE and his opponent that raised some eyebrows. He quickly had to apologize after he admitted that he didn’t know enough about what the condition entailed. But, the damage had already been done and Askren was even more amped for their contest.
Ric Flair is having the time of his life. pic.twitter.com/JiW35a2Ene— Tyler Treese (@tylertreese) April 18, 2021
"It's a dangerous sport," Paul told the collected media during a press event. "That's why, when people question my dedication to it, it's like, I'm showing up every single day. I'm putting my mental health on the line, my brain is on the line. Like you said, I've gone and gotten brain scans and have early signs of CTE."
Do you think Ric Flair will hop into the ring later? Let us know down in the comments!
This is real life
Ric Flair is here?! For...a slap boxing contest??? This is the best show I’ve ever seen.— Kazeem Famuyide 🍎 (@Kazeem) April 18, 2021
Respect the OGs
Because of course you bring Ric Flair in for this!
16-time world champion/slap fight judge 😂 pic.twitter.com/NMdxndT7V1— Alex McCarthy (@AlexM_talkSPORT) April 18, 2021
Imagine reading this a year agoprevnext
Pete and ric flair!😂😂 pic.twitter.com/RMGBHjlGek— 🖤DrunkxFacexVee🖤 (@veelynnxx) April 18, 2021
Only the Nature Boy
Only Ric Flair could officiate this pic.twitter.com/f9CLe1ltk3— Gump Cathcart (@bubbagumpino) April 18, 2021
No one can believe it
There is a legit slap fight going on now. Officiated by Ric Flair. This is wild.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 18, 2021
It's only right
Man got smacked into another time zone and only Ric Flair could be suitable official 👋🏼— IB 🔌 THE GAMBLER (@incarceratedbob) April 18, 2021