Trevor Murdoch didn’t expect Ric Flair to publicly congratulate him at NWA 73

Trevor Murdoch reflects on his NWA Worlds Heavyweight Title win at the 73rd Anniversary Show

Trevor Murdoch’s looks back on his world title win.

The conclusion of the NWA’s 73rd Anniversary pay-per-view saw Trevor Murdoch hit Nick Aldis with a ‘Piledriver’ and then execute his top rope bulldog to become the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Champion.

Aldis held onto the championship for nearly three full years and Murdoch ended that reign on Sunday night. Following his title win, Murdoch was greeted in the ring by his family and NWA Hall Of Famer Ric Flair. Murdoch told Busted Open Radio that he was not expecting Flair to come out and congratulate him. He was going into Sunday thinking he would be doing press the following day about his last match in wrestling.

Well first I didn’t expect Ric [Flair] to even come out like that. I was already doing my best. You try to be a man in this business and I was doing my best to try to not cry to be absolutely honest with you and then I see Ric there and I was fighting back tears. One of the things I remember is I was emotional and Ric said, ‘You are the champion’ and I don’t know if you looked at the tape. I popped my head up and that kind of woke me up a little bit out of what was going on in the haze that I finally did this, and I’m standing in front the greatest NWA World Champion in The Chase and I just — I couldn’t believe it. Like you say Bully [Ray], there are bits and pieces that I actually gotta go back and watch it, because it was all just a whirlwind of emotions. I’m usually not at a loss for words because to be actually honest with you, part of me was expecting to have this conversation about that being my last match, to be honest with you.

Murdoch’s career was on the line in the bout and he shared on several occasions that he was going to retire after Harley Race passed way.

It was Nick Aldis and Billy Corgan who convinced Murdoch to come check out the NWA Powerrr tapings and that led to him joining the organization.

If the quote in this article is used, please credit Busted Open Radio with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcription. 

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