Matt Hardy Recalls Ric Flair Trusting Him With Ladder Bump At WWE WrestleMania 22
Flair trusted Hardy
Matt Hardy has recalled Ric Flair putting trust in him to help him take a bump off a ladder in the Money In The Bank Ladder Match At WWE WrestleMania 22.
Flair and Hardy both competed in the second-ever Money In The Bank Ladder match in 2006, which was won by Rob Van Dam. AEW's Hardy has now opened up on his memories of Flair, including how the Nature Boy told him he trusted him to look after his welfare should he opt to take a big bump off a ladder in the match.
Speaking on The Drive With Josh Graham, Hardy recalled: "A lot of my earlier memories were Ric Flair in the Greensboro Coliseum doing his thing as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion. Obviously I was a huge fan of Ric Flair and the Four Horsemen growing up in North Carolina. It was hard not to be.
"So it was great to actually know him and get to work matches with him and become friends with him. Actually when we did our Money in the Bank ladder match together, Ric pulled me aside and said ‘look, I want to take a big bump off this ladder. You’re the only person I trust to give me a suplex off the top. I know you’ve got experience (in these matches), and you’re good.’
"That was like the ultimate compliment, coming from someone who I grew up watching as a childhood hero. Lot’s of love for Ric Flair. Those are my fondest memories from the Greensboro Coliseum growing up."
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