Tully Blanchard Turned Down Being A Part Of Ricky Steamboat's Return Match

Tully Blanchard didn't want to 'embarrass' himself by coming out of retirement

WWE Hall of Famer Tully Blanchard has revealed that he turned down the opportunity to be part of Ricky Steamboat's return match. 

Steamboat came out of retirement for a Big Time Wrestling show on November 27. In the show's main event, The Dragon teamed with FTR to defeat Brock Anderson, Jay Lethal, & Nick Aldis. 

Speaking on the Two Man Power Trip of Wrestling podcast, Blanchard noted that he was asked to participate, but passed because he didn't want to 'embarrass' himself, saying: 

"I was asked to do a last match with Ricky Steamboat and I'm not gonna go out there and embarrass myself and not be able to do what I used to do. Just watch the videos".

Tully last wrestled on the March 3, 2021 episode of Dynamite, where he teamed with FTR to defeat Jurassic Express (Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus & Marko Stunt). 

Asked about Ric Flair's Last Match and his own ostensible in-ring swansong, Blanchard said: 

"I didn't see it (Ric Flair’s Last Match) and wasn't there…Well, the show was on Sunday and I have to be at my day job. The one that pays all my bills. 

"Um…I would probably not comment on that (what I think of Flair getting back in the ring), because I probably don't have a lot of positive to say and I personally would prefer my last match — unfortunately, AEW talked me into one — but before that, most of my matches, I think I only wrestled maybe six or seven times after my full-time career and people's memories are of me and me and Arn [Anderson] or me and The Horsemen from back in those days when I could actually do it and I can't do it anymore. I couldn't do it. 

"Marko [Stunt] took the absolute greatest slingshot suplex of anybody alive, anytime (when I wrestled for AEW in 2021). It was awesome and it made me look better than I am and everything else was good and we got through it and I didn't need to do that anymore".

In the same interview, Tully confirmed he is no longer a part of AEW/ROH. 

H/T POST Wrestling

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