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Ric Flair is expected to face one of his old rivals in his final match

Ric Flair and Starrcast announced on Monday that the 16-time former world champion will return to the ring on July 31 at the Nashville Fairgrounds at the age of 73.

Flair's opponent was not mentioned at the first announcement, but according to Fightful's Sean Ross Sapp, the current plan is for Flair to compete in a tag team fight with one of his longtime foes, Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat.

FTR (with Flair) and the Rock N' Roll Express (with Steamboat) are said to be the other competitors, making it a six-man tag bout.

In 1989, the two fought three epic battles that many consider being the greatest professional wrestling trilogy ever.

The final of those three, held on May 7 at WrestleWar at the Nashville Municipal, saw Flair reclaim the NWA World Heavyweight Championship he had lost to Steamboat three months before.

Flair retired in 2008 but has since completed 16 times, the most recent being for Impact Wrestling in 2011.

Steamboat, who is 69 years old, last performed for Florida Championship Wrestling in 2010, when it was still a developing territory for WWE.

To defeat The Dudebusters, he teamed up with his son, Richie Steamboat.

This bout has not been confirmed for the program, but it has been in the works for Starrcast for several weeks, including Steamboat meeting Conrad Thompson in person.

"One of the goals of the event was to assist offer Flair and Steamboat with memorable farewell contests," Sapp wrote on Fightful Select.

"On July 31st, at 6:05 pm EDT, 'The Nature Boy Ric Flair, who many consider the greatest professional wrestler of all time, is set to return to the ring, one final time, as part of "Jim Crockett Promotions Presents Ric Flair's Last Match," wrestling event," according to the initial release for Flair's match.

The 16-time former World Heavyweight Champion will don a new custom-made robe and bring the one-of-a-kind showmanship that has made Flair a cultural legend during his over-40 years in the professional wrestling business to the world-famous Nashville Fairgrounds."

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