Awesome on the microphone
Awesome in ring
Beginning his career in the early 70's after being trained by Verne Gagne it wasn't until he made his way to the Mid-Atlantic region that Ric started gaining attention which was around 1974. It wasn't long before Ric had gotten a belt to his name defeating Paul Jones for the NWA Mid-Atlantic TV Title. Then a little more than a year later the now infamous Plane crash happened where nature boy broke his back in 3 places. He was told he would never wrestle again, but after 4 months of rehab he returned to the NWA and became a heel after tearing up the fans get well soon cards. In 1977 Ric started a feud that would go on throughout his career vs Ricky Steamboat. After feuds vs many Hall of Famers like Jimmy Snuka, Piper, Greg Valentine, Ricky Steamboat, Blackjack Mulligan, & Buddy Rogers. He became NWA World Champion after defeating Dusty Rhodes in September 1981 in Kansas City. Flair then stays champion through the beginning of the Freebirds vs Von Erich's feud in WCCW. Feuds with Race, & Rhodes & had matches with them some of which that had moments still talked about today. Then it happened in September of 1985 Flair turned heel and joined up with Ole & Arn Anderson after breaking Dusty's leg in a chair they later added JJ Dillon & Tully Blanchard. But that was the night the Four Horseman were born and never died.
From their he won the title and lost the title many times stole the show with the likes of Steamboat, Sting, Funk, Luger, Windum, Morton, & others. Then in 1991 Flair was fired from WCW by Jim Herd, and ended going to the WWF and stayed until the middle of 1993 won the WWE Title on two separate occasions and then left again. For the next 9 years, he stayed in WCW, reforms the Horseman with members like Benoit, Arn Anderson, Mongo McMichaels, Malenko, Pillman, Jarrett, Woman, Hennig, and Elizabeth, he would go onto win more World Titles than anyone in wrestling history by the time his tenure in WCW ended. Most people know that Ric is famous for holding the World Title a spectacular 16 times.
Then after WCW gets bought he shows up in the WWE where he wrestles wins gold but never wins a World title. Some highlights are that he managed one of the greatest stables in WWE history called Evolution, and would fight the likes of Vince, Taker, HHH, Rock, Jericho, Hogan, Michaels, Won the Intercontinental title on occasion and would lose it to Shelton Benjamin in either 2005 or 2006 and he would later win the Tag Team titles with Roddy Piper defeating the Spirit Squad. Flair would end up losing a retirement match to Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24 and stayed retired for 2 years but then went to TNA. There he has wrestled 4 matches, but mostly managed different guys like AJ Styles, Abyss, Bobby Roode, James Storm, Daniels, Kazarian, Doug Williams, Desmond Wolfe, and others.
No matter how long it takes him to say goodbye the Nature Boy will always be the limousine, Riding, Jet Flying, Kiss stealing, wheelin, dealin, son of a gun that we all know and love.
The 16 time World Champion Probably has wrestled more 60 minute classics then anyone & is one of the few who can have a great match with just about anyone. Thank you Ric for all you have done for the pro-wrestling industry over your historic career.
I love looking back wrestling's past. I view my job as bring new life to the part of wrestling some people thought was gone.