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Ric Flair: I body slammed buckets of booze

By Brad Hunter, Toronto Sun

 In this Sept. 22, 2007, file photo, wrestler Ric Flair addresses the media during a news conference at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Flair's representative said on Twitter Aug. 14, 2017, that Flair was dealing with some "tough medical issues." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

In this Sept. 22, 2007, file photo, wrestler Ric Flair addresses the media during a news conference at Dover International Speedway in Dover, Del. Flair's representative said on Twitter Aug. 14, 2017, that Flair was dealing with some "tough medical issues." (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Wrestling legend Ric Flair has revealed that he would pile-drive 20 beers or shots on a daily basis at the height of his career.

The ailing “Nature Boy” whose brush with death last month stunned the wrestling world says he’s now sworn off booze.

Flair — considered by many to be the greatest wrestler of all time — called into ESPN’s Dan Le Batard Show where he spoke of his outrageous drinking habits.

“When I started in the business in 1972, we drove 3,000 miles a week, we drank beer on the road...threw cans out the windows and all the stuff, no cops, it was just a way of life,” Flair said. “Then pretty soon, it was drinking a beer, getting to the hotel, drinking liquor.”

But the WWE Hall of Famer said he didn’t hit the bottle before he entered the squared circle, though he added he was consuming “between 3,700 and 4,000 calories” worth of booze and soda every single day.

“It’d be like 20 drinks a day,” Flair said. “Ten days on life support, it’ll wake you up, man.”

Flair found himself in a cage-match for his life. Emergency surgery that removed part of his bowel and implanted a pacemaker likely saved him.

“It scared the s--- out of me,” Flair told People TV. “I never want to go through this again.”

Flair’s family — including daughter Charlotte Flair and fiancée Wendy Barlow — were told to say goodbye to the legend, after he was given a 20% chance of survival.

“My daughter (Charlotte) told me that the doctor told her to go see me — that I wasn’t going to make it. I had no idea it was that bad. Wendy never told me,” Flair said.

And the golden-locked legend added he’s been through a lot in his life — but nothing like the health scare.

“I crashed in an airplane and broke my back, I’ve been hit by lightning,” Flair said. “But this is totally different. Anything I’ve been through before is nothing like this.”

On his deathbed, even mortal enemies from the squared circle rallied around Flair, including Hulk Hogan who gave the star a Bible and visited him in hospital.

“You never saw two people that were mortal enemies in the wrestling business,” Flair said. “We hated each other and now we are close like this.”

bhunter@postmedia.com