Ric Flair
Professional wrestler
Ric Flair
Richard Morgan Fliehr is an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name Ric Flair. Also known as "The Nature Boy", Flair is considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time with a professional career that spans 40 years.
Biography
Ric Flair's personal information overview.
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Ric Flair claims he wrestled with Halle Berry in the sack
Fox News - 5 months
Flair hooks up with Berry?
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'It Was Torture': An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Acknowledges 'Horrible Mistakes'
NPR - 11 months
The techniques Eric Fair used still weigh on his conscience. "There is no middle ground," he says. "Torture is an enhanced interrogation." His new memoir is Consequence.
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WWE News: Ric Flair Pitched For A Match At ‘Wrestlemania 32’?
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
Being in the latter stage of his career, the “Nature Boy” Ric Flair still provides the wrestling world with entertainment and an undying passion. This is what allegedly led a fellow legend to pitch a match for next year’s Wrestlemania. In an interview with WrestlingNews, Ric Flair stated that the “Immortal” Hulk Hogan has pitched a match between himself and Flair at Wrestlemania 32 which is set to emanate from Dallas. However, fans shouldn’t get their hopes up or down, as the 66-year-old former 16-time World heavyweight champion has no plans of wrestling in a WWE ring, even with Vince McMahon’s blessing. “No, that won’t happen. I mean, Hogan’s been pitching me and him for Dallas forever. I could pull it off… I need like 6 months of really serious training and dieting because I’ve never been exactly a cosmetic dream but if I had time I could pull it off. It’s not gonna happen… you know he respects us but he’s not gonna go back in time.” While Flair is in late 60s, Hogan himself ...
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Watch WWE ‘WrestleMania 31’ Free And Live In 2015? WWE Network App Offers Price Deals, Cancel Anytime Option
The Inquisitor - almost 2 years
All the WWE fans in the world would love to watch WWE WrestleMania 31 free streaming live, but the plans of Vince McMahon and Triple H have certainly attempted to make this idea difficult. So what sort of deals does the WWE Network app provide for watching WrestleMania 2015? Does the WWE Network’s cancel anytime option allow you to get WrestleMania 31 free? In a related report by the Inquisitr, while some fans are looking forward to the match for Brock Lesnar vs. Roman Reigns, others wonder why Daniel Bryan is not headlining WrestleMania 31 (the answer does make much sense to many WWE fans). Others want to know if Sting will retire after WWE WrestleMania 31, never mind The Undertaker’s retirement plans. Predictions are mixed, but Ric Flair claims Triple H will beat Sting for his official WWE match. There are also some who expect Roman Reigns to lose to Brock Lesnar now that the latter wrestler’s WWE contract has been extended, and Lesnar is not expected to disappear into the arms of ...
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The Greatest Gimmick in the History of Professional Wrestling
Huffington Post - almost 2 years
When I was a kid my father took special glee in mocking me for watching professional wrestling -- "It's fake! It's not real! How dumb can you be?" But truthfully, even at eight years old, I knew in my heart of hearts it wasn't legit. How could it be? We all had heard the rumors that Chief Jay Strongbow was really an Italian guy from the Bronx, and anyone could see the pulled punches from a mile away. But then, like now, it didn't matter. It spoke of a world unconfined by the laws and rules the rest of us had to obey. In wrestling, there was justice, and there was freedom. Wrestling was all about the power of imagination. No one demonstrates this better than the Undertaker, whom Ric Flair -- generally considered to be the greatest professional wrestler to ever step foot in the ring -- called the greatest gimmick of all time. That the selling of a dead man walking seems prima facie absurd makes no difference in professional wrestling, the greatest of all entertainments. ...
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Rumor Roundup (Jan. 23, 2014): Sting in WWE, Ric Flair, CM Punk's Final PPV, More!
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
Today's rumors: Ric Flair and Sting expected to be part of the road to "WrestleMania", news on what could potentially be CM Punk's final WWE pay-per-view, news on NXT call-ups, and more! Speculating on the rumors surrounding pro wrestling is a favored pastime of many fans, perhaps second only to actually watching the matches. In this daily column, we take a look at the latest rumors being churned out by the pro wrestling rumor mill. Important reminder: Rumors are just that -- rumors. None of this has been confirmed as legitimate news or fact; so remember to take it all with a grain of salt. Rumors for the Day: Expect to see more of Ric Flair on WWE programming along the road to WrestleMania XXX. After causing a scene at the WWE 2K14 press conference last summer, WWE threatened Flair that they would no longer use him unless he got his personal demons under control. According to backstage sources, Flair has done just that. His appearance on Old School Raw a f ...
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NFL Playoffs 2014: 49ers beat Panthers 23-10; we can thank Ric Flair for this, right?
Cageside Seats - about 3 years
"The Nature Boy" did this to the Panthers, didn't he? Just over one week ago, Ric Flair made headlines everywhere by traveling out to Green Bay to give the San Francisco 49ers a pep talk in advance of their Wildcard NFL Playoff game against the Packers. He declared his allegiance to the organization in an inspirational speech that helped the team on to a 23-20 victory in the final seconds. The win meant the 49ers would travel to Carolina in the Divisional Round to play the Panthers, Flair's hometown team. In the lead up to the game, Flair's actions were a bigger story than anyone could have thought they would be. The fact that he backed San Francisco, and said he would do so all throughout the Playoffs, so infuriated Panthers players that he was sworn off by the team. The fans took it worse, some sending "The Nature Boy" death threats. Flair played it up to the fullest, getting all the press he could out of it and claiming he wouldn't attend the game because of said d ...
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Ric Flair claims he received death threats
USA Today - about 3 years
The WWE wrestler said Panthers fans were irate after his pregame speech for the 49ers.
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Video: Ric Flair inspires 49ers to victory
Chicago Times - about 3 years
We found out who you can blame for your loss, Green Bay Packers fans. Before the San Francisco 49ers took the field Sunday for their NFC wild-card victory over Green Bay, they received some motivation from pro wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.     
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7 Things to Know About Fair Trade
Huffington Post - over 3 years
After the Bangladesh factory collapse, horrible images circulated widely detailing the story of 117 people dying in an unimaginable tragedy. This one incident seemed to wake people up to the horrors of indentured and slave labor and woefully underpaid workers. The major news sources including Time, the London Globe, Huffington Post, as well as countless other media, took up the cause of these abused laborers. The ethics of the clothing companies came into question. Stock markets were affected. For a week. This is just one example of a greedy Free Trade market. Free Trade was not designed to be greedy. The human desire for more for less has gotten out of control. On the flip side, then, is Fair Trade. October is International Fair Trade Month. It is designed to educate consumers on the reasons behind buying Fair Trade products. So, why Fair Trade and what makes it different? Which would you purchase? A white shirt made in Indonesia selling for $14.99 with a "designer label ...
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CSSGST Elite Eight Match: (1) nWo vs. (2) Evolution
Cageside Seats - over 3 years
The Elite Eight round of the Cageside Seats Greatest Stable Tournament kicks off today with a match-up pitting number one seed nWo, comprised of Hulk Hogan, Kevin Nash, and Scott Hall, against number four seed Evolution, comprised of Triple H, Ric Flair, Batista, and Randy Orton. Remember, voting closes at midnight CT. In order to cast your vote, leave a comment and in the subject line make sure you adhere to the guidelines as follows: To vote nWo simply write: Vote - nWo To vote Evolution simply write: Vote - Evolution Updated bracket:
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Ric Flair wanted by North Carolina police [Photos]
Calgary Sun - over 3 years
Wrestling icon Ric Flair is wanted by North Carolina police after allegedly failing to pay spousal support to his estranged wife.
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Arrest order issued for former wrestler Ric Flair
Yahoo News - over 3 years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A judge has issued an arrest order for former professional wrestling champion Ric Flair for not paying his estranged wife more than $32,000 in spousal support.
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I Love Televison™
The Portland Mercury - over 3 years
Why I'm too "real" for reality shows. by Wm.™ Steven Humphrey Oh, sure—I could've been a reality TV star. In fact, there have been no less than three thwarted attempts to turn my life into a reality series... but here's what went horribly wrong: I WAS WAY TOO REEEEAL! While most reality show participants do whatever they can to portray themselves as "nice, redeemable characters," I prefer the opposite. I demand extreme close-ups of me clipping my toenails, squeezing blackheads, and giving self-administered prostate exams. When I have poopy squirts, I drag the camera person along to the can—just so YOU'LL have a "ringside" seat for all the action! And I absolutely insist on a "saddle cam" during my annual Fourth of July Nude Donkey Races. (I'm nude... not the donkey. He's wearing a nice jacket.) Frankly speaking, after three failed attempts, not a single camera operator in the world will agree to work with me. And to them I say, "BAW ...
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Autopsy: Ric Flair's son died from drug overdose
Yahoo News - over 3 years
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — An autopsy report says the son of famed professional wrestler Ric Flair died from a toxic combination of heroin and prescription drugs
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This Date in Pro Wrestling History (May 5): 75 years worth of memorable moments
Cageside Seats - almost 4 years
¡ Es hora de Cinco de Mayo, Cagesiders, para hablar sobre lo que ocurrió en esta fecha en la historia de lucha Pro! Today we are going to do something a little bit different in your This Date in Pro Wrestling History post since it's a holiday, but mostly just because a lot of noteworthy things have happened on this date in the world of wrestling. With that in mind, here are the top stories worth remembering from May 5th over the past 75 years -- May 5, 1939 Cowboy Bill Watts is born William F. Watts, Jr. in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma He grows up to become an NWA, Mid-South & WWWF legend, as well as a WWE Hall of Famer and the former owner/promoter of Mid-South Wrestling and the UWF. Watts was also the proud father of former WCW & TNA star, Erik Watts. Titles held by Cowboy Bill Watts: AWA (Boston) United States Heavyweight Champion MSW North American Heavyweight Champion Additional Heavyweight Championships in: NWA Florida, Southern (Florida), Gulf ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ric Flair
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  • 2016
    Age 67
    Flair and Barlow got engaged in July 2016.
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    In 2016, Flair said continuing to wrestle in TNA was the "number one" regret of his career.
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    In 2016, ESPN announced that it will air Nature Boy, a 30 for 30 documentary on the life and times of Flair in 2017 directed by Rory Karp.
    More Details Hide Details Flair was often popular with the crowd due to his in-ring antics, including rulebreaking (earning him the distinction of being "the dirtiest player in the game"), strutting and his shouting of "Wooooooo!" (Flair got the inspiration from Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire"). The "Wooooo!" yell has since become a tribute to Flair, and is often shouted by the crowd whenever a wrestler performs a knife-edge chop, one of Flair's signature moves. It is also often shouted by the crowd whenever a wrestler utilizes Flair's figure-four leg lock finisher. From the late 1970s, Flair wore ornate fur-lined robes of many colors with sequins during in-ring appearances, and since the early 1980s, his approach to the ring was usually heralded by the playing of the "Dawn" section of Richard Strauss' "Also sprach Zarathustra" (famous for being used in the motion picture 2001: A Space Odyssey and for the introduction to Elvis Presley's concerts of the 70s). Flair also described himself as a "limousine-ridin', jet-flyin', kiss stealin', wheelin' dealin', son-of-a-gun (who kissed all the girls worldwide and made em cry)."
    Flair returned to podcasting on MLW Radio with a new show called the Ric Flair Show in July 2016.
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    On the May 23, 2016, episode of Raw, Flair turned face again when Charlotte betrayed him by ordering him to get out of the ring, but not before chastising him for not being there for most of her childhood and being called "Ric Flair's" daughter.
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  • 2015
    Age 66
    From May 2015-April 2016, Flair was host of a podcast titled "WOOOOO!
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    In 2015, Flair made his feature film debut, appearing in Magic Mike XXL.
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  • 2014
    Age 65
    In 2014, Flair voiced himself in the animated series, Uncle Grandpa, in the episode, "History of Wrestling".
    More Details Hide Details In 2009, Flair voiced the character, Commander Douglas Hill, in the video game, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising. It was announced on July 8, 2012 that Flair was to appear at Insane Clown Posse's 13th Annual Gathering of the Juggalos weekend as a main stage host who was in charge of announcing the performers. However, his appearance at the event was cut short after he was struck with a water bottle thrown from the crowd before announcing Tech N9ne to enter the main stage, at which point he left and did not announce Tech N9ne or go back out on the main stage to announce the remaining performers.
  • 2013
    Age 64
    In 2013, Flair made an appearance in, Stuff You Should Know, in the episode, "Bacteriopolis", as Dr. Roland Grayson.
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    He also occasionally appeared on NXT in 2013 and 2014, accompanying his daughter Charlotte to the ring.
    More Details Hide Details Flair appeared on the April 28, 2014, episode of Raw, alongside the reunited Evolution (minus Flair) and The Shield; Flair showed his endorsement for The Shield, Evolution's opponents at Extreme Rules, effectively turning his back on his old teammates. On July 14, John Cena symbolically handed over his World Heavyweight Championship belt to Flair, telling him to "take it" while promoting his match at Battleground. On the post-SummerSlam 2015 Raw, Flair interrupted Jon Stewart, who had saved Flair's 16 world title record by preventing Cena's victory the previous night, telling him that the record will be broken eventually and he'd rather it would be by someone who he respects. Flair began making more frequent appearances with Charlotte after she won the Divas Championship. Flair and Charlotte turned heel for the first time since 2002. in January 2016 after they began displaying villainous traits, with Flair often getting involved in Charlotte's Women's Championship defenses.
    Flair appeared on the main roster sporadically throughout 2013, as The Miz's mentor.
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  • 2012
    Age 63
    As of September 3, 2012, Flair is going through his fourth divorce, which is stil pending.
    More Details Hide Details In the meantime, Flair is dating Wendy Barlow (the maid "Fifi" from Flair's WCW interview segment "A Flair for the Gold") as documented on ABC TV's Celebrity Wife Swap where he swapped wife/girlfriend with Roddy Piper and his wife Kitty.
    On December 17, 2012, Flair returned to WWE as a non-wrestling personality on the annual Slammy Awards show to present the Superstar of the Year award to John Cena, who in turn gave the award to Flair.
    More Details Hide Details Flair's return was interrupted by CM Punk and Paul Heyman, escalating into a confrontation that ended with him locking Heyman in the figure-four leglock. After clearing the ring, Flair was assaulted by The Shield, until Ryback and Team Hell No (Kane and Daniel Bryan) helped Flair fend off the group.
    On March 31, 2012, while still contracted to TNA, Flair became the first person to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice, the second time as part of the Four Horsemen.
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  • 2011
    Age 62
    On January 25, 2011, it was reported that Flair had pulled out of TNA's Maximum Wooo! tour of Europe mid–tour after monetary disputes.
    More Details Hide Details After missing a show in Berlin, Germany, Flair returned to the tour on January 27 in Glasgow, Scotland, reportedly apologizing to the locker room prior to the show. On January 29, Flair wrestled his only match of the tour, defeating Douglas Williams in London, tearing his rotator cuff in the process. During Flair's time away from TNA, Fortune turned on Immortal. Flair returned at the February 14 tapings of the February 17 episode of Impact!, turning on Fortune during a match between A.J. Styles and Matt Hardy and jumping to Immortal. On the March 10 episode of Impact!, Flair defeated Styles and Hardy in a three–way street fight, contested as more of a two–on–one handicap match. On April 17 at Lockdown, Immortal, represented by Flair, Abyss, Bully Ray and Matt Hardy, was defeated by Fortune members James Storm, Kazarian and Robert Roode and Christopher Daniels, who replaced an injured A.J. Styles, in a Lethal Lockdown match, when Flair tapped out to Roode. The match was used to write Flair off television, as the following week he was scheduled to undergo surgery for his torn rotator cuff, however, Flair ultimately chose not to have the surgery as it would have required six months of rehab.
  • 2010
    Age 61
    Following Flair's debut in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling his former employer, Ring of Honor, filed a lawsuit in 2010, alleging that Flair owed them over $40,000 and that he had not appeared at several events that he was contractually obligated to appear at.
    More Details Hide Details The lawsuit was never resolved. Highspots Inc. claimed that Flair had given them the NWA World Heavyweight Championship belt as collateral. A warrant for Flair's arrest was issued in May 2011 for being held in contempt of court for violating the terms of his settlement with Highspots. If Flair had failed to comply he could have potentially faced 90 days in jail. On June 25 Highspots released a statement over their official Facebook page stating that someone had paid Flair's debts. Flair has long supported Republican political candidates in North Carolina politics. In 2000, Flair explored the possibility of running for governor of North Carolina, but he never filed the papers.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 60
    On November 11, 2009, Flair married his fourth wife, Jacqueline "Jackie" Beems, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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    After Raw, Flair left WWE when his contract expired on June 2, 2009.
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    April 18, 2009 was declared "Ric Flair Day" in Charleston, West Virginia and he was presented with the key to the city by the mayor.
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    On November 21, 2009, Flair returned to the ring as a heel on the "Hulkamania: Let The Battle Begin" tour of Australia, losing to Hulk Hogan in the main event of the first show by brass knuckles.
    More Details Hide Details Hogan defeated Flair again on November 24 in Perth, Australia, after both men bled heavily. Flair also lost to Hogan on the two remaining matches on the tour. On the January 4, 2010 episode Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's (TNA) Impact! Flair made his debut appearance for the company arriving via limo and later observing the main event between A.J. Styles and longtime rival Kurt Angle. It was later reported that Flair had signed a one-year deal with the company. In the past, Flair has openly stated that he was loyal to the McMahons and wanted to end his career in WWE, however he had not had contact from WWE since June 2009 and decided to sign with TNA Wrestling after waiting for the call from WWE for six months. On January 17 at Genesis, Flair helped A.J. Styles cheat to pin Kurt Angle and retain the TNA World Heavyweight Championship thus once again becoming a heel. On the following episode of Impact!, Flair announced that he was going to make A.J. Styles the next Nature Boy. In addition to Styles, Flair began informally managing Beer Money, Inc. Robert Roode and James Storm) and Desmond Wolfe as a loose alliance. On the March 8 episode of Impact!, Hulk Hogan and Abyss defeated Flair and Styles when Abyss pinned Styles. Afterwards, the returning Jeff Hardy saved Abyss and Hogan from a beatdown at the hands of Flair, Styles and Beer Money, Inc.
    Flair signed with Ring of Honor (ROH) and appeared at the Stylin' And Profilin event in March 2009, clearing the ring after an ROH World Championship match ended with a run-in.
    More Details Hide Details He soon served as the company's ambassador, in an on-screen authority role, and appeared on the television show Ring of Honor Wrestling in May to cement his role. After a number one contender's match ended in a time-limit draw, and the following week a double count out, Flair announced Ring of Honor Wrestling's first ROH World Title match as a four-way contest.
  • 2008
    Age 59
    In the 2008 presidential race, Flair declared his support for the Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
    More Details Hide Details He said of Huckabee, "Huckabee is a quality person, self-made, a great family man and he has a great vision for our country. And I'm here to excite the crowd." Flair engaged in an off-screen rivalry with Bret Hart. In October 1993, Bret Hart gave a radio interview in which he said Ric Flair "sucks", and described his workplace, WCW, as "minor league". In Flair's autobiography, Flair criticizes Hart for over-exploiting the death of his brother, Owen Hart, and the controversy surrounding the Montreal Screwjob. Flair also claimed in his autobiography that, despite Hart's popularity in Canada, he was not a formidable money-making draw in the United States, a claim which Hart dismissed as "plain ridiculous" in a column written for the Calgary Sun. Hart claimed that he drew greater revenue than Flair, citing his headlining performances on consistently sold out tours throughout his WWF career, while Flair wrestled to allegedly near-empty arenas. He also criticized Flair on what he perceived as insults to fellow wrestlers Mick Foley and Randy Savage, both personal friends of Hart. Hart acknowledged a decline in the WWF's popularity during the mid-1990s, but he and others felt that this was largely attributed to the WWF's well publicized sex and steroid scandals, as well as WCW's acquisition of former top WWF stars. In contrast to Flair's claims, prominent industry historian Dave Meltzer said there was "no denying" Hart's major drawing power in the US.
    In 2008, Tiffany filed for divorce from Flair, which was finalized in 2009.
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    The induction ceremony took place on March 29, 2008, with Triple H inducting him.
    More Details Hide Details This made him the first, and, as of 2014, only, person to be inducted while still an active competitor. Flair was later inducted into the NWA Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Georgia, his second straight Hall of Fame induction in four months, but he did not participate in the event. On January 9, 2012 it was announced that the Four Horsemen would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame making Flair the first person to have been inducted into the Hall of Fame twice. On April 15, 2008 Flair was honored in Congress by a representative from North Carolina, Republican Sue Myrick, who praised his career and what he means to the state. On September 29, 2008, it was announced that Flair's signature sequin covered robe that he wore at WrestleMania XXIV, in what was to be his last WWE match, would be placed in the pop culture section of the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.
    On March 24, 2008, Mayor Bob Coble, of Columbia, South Carolina, declared March 24 to be Ric Flair Day in Columbia.
    More Details Hide Details Flair also received the key to the city. He received the key to the city of Greensboro, North Carolina on December 5, 2008, to commemorate Flair's victory in a steel cage match against Harley Race at the inaugural Starrcade event.
    Flair made his first post retirement appearance on the June 16, 2008 episode of Raw to confront Chris Jericho about his actions during a rivalry with Shawn Michaels.
    More Details Hide Details He challenged Jericho to a fight in the parking lot, rather than an official match, but was ejected from the building by Vince McMahon. The following year on February 9, Flair once again confronted Jericho on Raw. Jericho was attacking Hall of Fame members and Flair demanded he respect them, before punching Jericho. Flair appeared a month later to distract him during a Money in the Bank Qualifying Match. Jericho then challenged Flair to come out of retirement for WrestleMania XXV; instead Flair managed Roddy Piper, Jimmy Snuka and Ricky Steamboat in a three-on-one handicap match at WrestleMania in a losing effort. On May 17 Flair returned to WWE during the Judgment Day pay-per-view, coming to the aid of Batista, who was being attacked by The Legacy (Randy Orton, Cody Rhodes and Ted DiBiase). On his last appearance in WWE, on the June 1 episode of Raw, Flair challenged Orton in a parking lot brawl match, after an interference from the rest of The Legacy, the fight ended with Flair was trapped inside a steel cage and was punted by Orton.
    On the March 31, 2008 episode of Raw, Flair delivered his farewell address.
    More Details Hide Details Afterward, Triple H brought out many current and retired superstars to thank Flair for all he has done, including Shawn Michaels, some of the Four Horsemen, Harley Race, and Chris Jericho, followed by The Undertaker and then Vince McMahon. Along with the wrestlers, the fans gave Flair a standing ovation. This event represented a rare moment in WWE as both the heels and the faces broke character and came out to the ring together. The Undertaker's and McMahon's entrances, however, were not shown on the TV taping of Raw for the week in order to preserve their characters, more in the case of the Undertaker as it involved him hugging Flair and then raising his arm in victory, but were included in Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection DVD as extras.
    Flair's fight to keep his career going garnered him the 2008 PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year award.
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    On March 29, 2008, Flair was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a part of the Class of 2008 by Triple H. The day after, Flair wrestled at WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando, Florida, losing to Shawn Michaels.
    More Details Hide Details The match was lauded by fans and critics and was voted the 2008 Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Match of the Year.
  • 2007
    Age 58
    On the June 11 episode of Raw, Flair was drafted from Raw to SmackDown! as part of the 2007 WWE Draft.
    More Details Hide Details He briefly feuded against Montel Vontavious Porter and rejoined forces with Batista to feud with The Great Khali; the alliance was short-lived, however, as Flair was "injured" during a match with Khali. After a three-month hiatus, Flair returned to WWE programming on the November 26 episode of Raw to announce "I will never retire". Vince McMahon retaliated by announcing that the next match Flair lost would result in a forced retirement. Later in the night, Flair defeated Orton after a distraction by Chris Jericho. It was revealed on the 15th anniversary of Raw that the win or retire ultimatum only applied in singles matches. Flair won several "career threatening" matches against the opponents such as Triple H, Umaga, William Regal, Mr. Kennedy, and Vince McMahon himself among others.
  • 2006
    Age 57
    On November 26, 2006 at Survivor Series, Flair was the sole survivor of a match that featured himself, Ron Simmons (replacing an injured Piper), Dusty Rhodes and Sgt.
    More Details Hide Details Slaughter versus the Spirit Squad. Flair then left television due to his divorce hearings. Flair then began teaming with Carlito after Flair said that Carlito had no heart. Flair defeated Carlito in a match after which Carlito realized that Flair was right. Flair and Carlito faced off against Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch in a number one contender's match for the World Tag Team Championship but were defeated. The two teamed up on the WrestleMania 23 pre-show, and defeated the team of Chavo Guerrero and Gregory Helms. After weeks of conflict between Flair and Carlito, the team split up when Carlito attacked Flair during a match. At Judgment Day, Flair defeated Carlito with the figure four leglock.
    Subsequently, he was involved in a rivalry with the Spirit Squad on Raw. On November 5, 2006 at Cyber Sunday, he captured the World Tag Team Championship from the Squad with Roddy Piper.
    More Details Hide Details On the November 13 episode of Raw, Flair and Piper lost the Tag Titles to Rated-RKO, due to a disc problem with Piper and had to be flown immediately back to the USA as soon as Raw was off the air.
    Flair took some time off in mid-2006 to rest and marry for the third time; he returned in June to work a program with his real-life rival Mick Foley that played off their legitimate past animosity.
    More Details Hide Details Flair defeated Foley at Vengeance in a 2 out of 3 falls match, then at SummerSlam in an "I Quit" match.
    On May 27, 2006, Flair married his third wife Tiffany VanDemark, a fitness competitor.
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    Flair and Beth divorced in 2006 after nearly 23 years of marriage.
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  • 2005
    Age 56
    In December 2005, a judge issued arrest warrants for Flair after a road rage incident that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina in which Flair allegedly got out of his car, grabbed a motorist by the neck, and kicked the door off the motorist's sport utility vehicle.
    More Details Hide Details Flair was charged with two misdemeanors, injury to personal property and simple assault and battery. This incident was ridiculed on WWE programming, most notably by the wrestler Edge. In September 2007, Flair opened a financial business called Ric Flair Finance. In July 2008, Flair Finance filed for bankruptcy.
    At the end of 2005, Flair had a feud with Edge, culminating in a WWE Championship TLC match on Raw in early 2006.
    More Details Hide Details On the February 20 episode of Raw, he lost the Intercontinental Championship to Shelton Benjamin.
    In 2005, he completed WWE's version of the Triple Crown when he won the Intercontinental Championship, after already holding the WWF World Heavyweight Championship, as well as the World Tag Team Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Using the officially recognized totals (by WWE and PWI) of 16 world championships and six U.S. Championship reigns, Flair has won a total of 31 different major championships between the NWA, WCW, and WWF/E, with numerous regional titles also to his credit. Richard Fliehr was born on February 25, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee. In the opening chapter of his autobiography To Be the Man, he notes that his birth name is given on different documents as Fred Phillips, son of Olive and Luther Phillips. He was adopted, at the time of his adoption (arranged by the Tennessee Children's Home Society) as reported in the opening chapter of his autobiography entitled "Black Market Baby", his father was completing a residency in Detroit. Shortly afterward, the family settled in Edina, Minnesota, where the young Fliehr lived throughout his childhood. After ninth grade, he attended Wayland Academy, a coeducational boarding school in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, for four years (five years total in high school) during which time he participated in interscholastic wrestling, football and track.
  • 2004
    Age 55
    In 2004, Flair became a grandfather at the age of 55, when his older daughter, Megan Fliehr Ketzner, gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Morgan Lee Ketzner on May 9.
    More Details Hide Details On May 17, 2012, it was reported that Flair's daughter Ashley had signed with WWE and adopted the ring name Charlotte. On March 29, 2013, Reid died from an accidental overdose of heroin, Xanax, and a muscle relaxer.
    He successfully defended the World Tag Team Championship with Batista against The Dudley Boyz twice in February 2004.
    More Details Hide Details On the February 7, 2005 episode of Raw, broadcast from the Saitama Super Arena in Japan, Flair lost to Shawn Michaels in a singles match. In February 2008, Flair wrestled Mr. Kennedy in the Ariake Coliseum and William Regal in the Budokan Hall, both under the stipulation that he would retire if he lost. On January 2, 2013, All Japan announced that Flair would make his return to AJPW for the first time in five years on January 26, 2013, teaming with Keiji Mutoh to take on Tatsumi Fujinami and Seiya Sanada. This would have been his first professional wrestling match since his September 2011 loss to Sting on Impact Wrestling and his first for All Japan since March 1987. However, on January 26, just moments before the start of the All Japan event, the promotion announced that Flair was forced to pull out of his match because of a "sudden illness", later reported as a badly swollen left leg. Flair was replaced in the match by his son Reid, but also ended up getting involved in the match himself, delivering chops to Seiya Sanada.
    In January 2004 at the Royal Rumble, Flair and Batista successfully defended the World Tag Team Championship against the Dudley Boyz in a Tables match, and World Heavyweight Champion Triple H fought Shawn Michaels to no contest in a Last Man Standing match, thus retaining the championship.
    More Details Hide Details Flair and Batista lost the World Tag Team Championship on February 16 edition of Raw to Booker T and Rob Van Dam. At WrestleMania XX, Evolution defeated the Rock 'n' Sock Connection (The Rock and Mick Foley) in a 3-on-2 handicap match. one week later on Raw during the 2004 RAW Draft Lottery Flair and Batista defeated Booker T and Rob Van Dam to win their second and final World Tag Team Championship. While still World Champion, Benoit teamed with Edge to take the World Tag Team Championship from Flair and Batista on April 19 Raw. At SummerSlam, Orton pinned Benoit to become the new World Heavyweight Champion and the youngest World Champion in WWE history to date. Batista hoisted Orton on to his shoulders in what appeared to be a celebration, but following the thumbs down from Triple H, the group proceeded to attack Orton. At Unforgiven, Triple H beat Orton to regain the World Heavyweight Championship, with help from Flair, Batista, and Jonathan Coachman. Orton's feud with Evolution continued until Survivor Series where Triple H, Batista, Gene Snitsky, and Edge were defeated by Orton, Maven, Chris Jericho, and Chris Benoit in a Survivor Series match for control of Raw over the following month.
  • 2003
    Age 54
    Shortly after, Batista moved from SmackDown! to Raw and Flair also began accompanying him to the ring while continuing to second Triple H. In 2003, at Bad Blood, Flair was able to defeat Shawn Michaels after Orton struck Michaels with a chair.
    More Details Hide Details Later that night, Triple H retained his World Heavyweight Championship in a Hell in a Cell match against Kevin Nash. At the height of Evolution's power, the group controlled all of the male-based championships of Raw after Armageddon. Batista teamed with Flair to win the World Tag Team Championship from the Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray Dudley and D-Von Dudley) in a Tag Team Turmoil match and Triple H regained the World Heavyweight Championship from Goldberg (in a Triple Threat match that also involved Kane), with the help of the other members.
  • 2002
    Age 53
    At Unforgiven in 2002, Triple H defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam.
    More Details Hide Details During the match, Ric Flair came down to the ring and grabbed the sledgehammer from Triple H and teased hitting him before hitting Van Dam, allowing Triple H to get the win, turning him heel in the process. From that point on, Flair accompanied Triple H to the ring as his manager.
    The "co-owner" angle culminated in early 2002, when Flair controlled Raw, and McMahon controlled SmackDown!
    More Details Hide Details After Steve Austin abruptly left WWE in June, while in a program with Flair, a match was hotshotted between Flair and Vince for sole ownership of WWE, which McMahon won, thanks to interference by Brock Lesnar.
    Flair also wrestled The Undertaker at WrestleMania X8 in March 2002 where Flair lost.
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    Flair's feud with Vince McMahon led them to a match at the Royal Rumble in January 2002 in a Street Fight, where Flair defeated McMahon.
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  • 2001
    Age 52
    After an 8-month hiatus from wrestling, Flair made a return to the WWF in November 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Flair reappeared on Raw following the end of the "WCW/ECW Invasion" that culminated in a "Winner Take All" match at Survivor Series won by the WWF. Flair's new on-screen role was that of the co-owner of the WWF, with the explanation that Shane and Stephanie McMahon had sold their stock in the company to a consortium (namely Flair) prior to purchasing World Championship Wrestling and Extreme Championship Wrestling.
    When WCW was purchased by the WWF in March 2001, Flair was the leader of the villainous group called the Magnificent Seven.
    More Details Hide Details Flair lost the final match of Nitro to Sting, recreating the second match of Nitro in 1995. Nevertheless, Flair has repeatedly stated in various interviews how happy he was when WCW finally closed down; although, at the same time, the fact that many people would lose their jobs saddened him.
  • 2000
    Age 51
    Flair won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice during 2000, the company's last full year of operation.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 50
    In 1999, a large group of pro wrestling experts, analysts and historians named Flair the greatest NWA World Heavyweight Champion of all time.
    More Details Hide Details In 2002, Flair was named the greatest pro wrestler of all time in the magazine article 100 Wrestlers of All Time by John Molinaro, edited by Dave Meltzer and Jeff Marek. in July 2016, Luke Winkie of Sports Illustrated also named Flair the greatest wrestler of all time. Flair's "Wooo" chant has been appropriated throughout pop culture, in hip-hop music in particular. Rapper Pusha T has paid homage to Flair in numerous songs. For example, on the track "Sweet Serenade", he says, "Triple doubles, two hoes and check please (Wooo!) / They love me on my Ric Flair shit (Wooo!) / In that Phantom like I'm Blair Witch (Wooo!) Who are you to be compared with? (Wooo!)". Rapper Killer Mike also has a track named "Ric Flair". Some have looked unfavorably upon Flair's career from the 1990s onward. In 1998, wrestler and former WCW colleague Steve Austin said that Flair had reached the "time to hang it up", having not been great for a "long time". John Molinaro of Slam! Sports penned a 1999 article titled, "Ric Flair is tarnishing his legacy"; Molinaro saw Flair as a wrestler whose prestige was "in jeopardy". In 2006, Pro Wrestling Illustrated writer Frank Ingiosi said that Flair had a "personal vendetta against his legend". He nevertheless continued to wrestle until retiring in 2008, at age 59. Following an elaborate farewell ceremony staged for Flair by WWE, wrestling personality Paul Heyman lamented his cutting promos at "low rent wrestling shows", calling it "painful to watch".
    In spite of this betrayal, Flair signed a rematch at Uncensored 1999 which was billed as a First Blood Barbed Wire Steel Cage Match against Hogan where Flair's presidency and Hogan's WCW World Heavyweight Championship were on the line.
    More Details Hide Details Despite being the first to bleed, Flair won the match by pinfall thanks to the bias of the referee Charles Robinson, who counted Hogan out. As on-air President, Flair began abusing his power much like Bischoff had, favoring villains over fan favorites and even awarding the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship, which was vacated by Scott Steiner due to injury to his son David and resorting to whatever means necessary to keep David U.S. Champion. Flair eventually formed a stable of followers which included Roddy Piper, Arn Anderson, and the Jersey Triad to keep things in order. Flair's reign as president came to an end on the July 19 episode of Nitro, when he faced and lost to Sting for the position. During the course of the match, Sting had Flair in his Scorpion Death Lock, but with the referee knocked unconscious, no decision could be reached. A returning Eric Bischoff came to the ring and began ordering the timekeeper to ring the bell, which he eventually did, awarding the match and the presidency to Sting (who promptly gave it up upon receiving it).
  • 1998
    Age 49
    On October 19, 1998, it was declared "Ric Flair Day" in Minneapolis, Minnesota by Mayor Sharon Belton and on November 15, 2008, it was declared "Ric Flair Day" in Norfolk, Virginia.
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    This culminated in a match at Starrcade 1998 between Bischoff and Flair.
    More Details Hide Details Bischoff was victorious after interference from Curt Hennig, a former member of the Four Horsemen. The following night in Baltimore on Nitro, Flair returned and threatening to leave WCW, demanding a match against Bischoff for the presidency of the company. The match was made, and despite the nWo interfering on Bischoff's behalf Flair won and was granted the position of president of WCW. This resulted in a match at Superbrawl between Flair and Hollywood Hogan for the WCW Championship, which Flair lost after being betrayed by his own son David Flair.
    After the case was settled, Flair made a surprise return on September 14, 1998 to ceremoniously reform the Four Horsemen (along with Steve McMichael, Dean Malenko, and Chris Benoit).
    More Details Hide Details Flair feuded with Bischoff for several months afterward. Flair repeatedly raked Eric Bischoff's eyes during this feud.
    In April 1998, Flair disappeared from WCW television, due to a lawsuit filed by Eric Bischoff for no-showing a live episode of Thunder on April 16, 1998 in Tallahassee, Florida.
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  • 1997
    Age 48
    Flair also feuded with Roddy Piper, Syxx, and his old nemesis, Curt Hennig, in 1997 after Hennig was offered a spot in the Four Horsemen only to turn on Flair and the Horsemen at Fall Brawl in 1997.
    More Details Hide Details Hennig punctuated the act by slamming the cage door onto Flair's head.
  • 1996
    Age 47
    Once again as a top babyface, Flair played a major role in the New World Order (nWo) invasion storyline in late 1996 and throughout 1997.
    More Details Hide Details He and the other Horsemen often took the lead in the war against Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hollywood Hogan.
    Afterwards Flair went on to win the United States championship and there were also changes in the Four Horseman in 1996, as Brian Pillman left WCW and Steve "Mongo" McMichael became the fourth member.
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    On July 17, 1996, Flair challenged Shinya Hashimoto for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a losing effort in NJPW.
    More Details Hide Details Once again under the WWE banner, Flair continued to tour Japan periodically between 2002 and 2008.
  • 1995
    Age 46
    With the new Four Horsemen, Flair won the world championship two more times before the nWo invasion storyline began in WCW. In December 1995 at Starcade, Flair defeated Randy Savage for the WCW World Title, with a lot of help from the new Four Horseman.
    More Details Hide Details Jimmy Hart was ringside for Flair, where the announcers mentioned Hart was being an opportunist in switching his support to Flair after Luger was eliminated in the triangle match with Sting preceding the main event. Flair won that triangle match by count out to earn a championship match with Randy Savage in the main event. The theme of this Starcade, was Lex Luger, Savage, Flair, and Sting had to each wrestle two matches that night; WCW vs Japan, Wrestling World Cup or in the main event. During the main event Flair was injured badly by Jimmy Hart's megaphone and bleeding badly, it appeared Savage would win but all three Four Horsemen members ran to the ring and Arn Anderson knocked out Savage with brass knuckles allowing Flair to pin Savage to win the match. Afterwards Savage won the title back on Monday Nitro after Starcade, but Flair won the next match at Super Brawl to regain the championship. This is the only time in history where two wrestlers won and lost the world championship in WWE and WCW from each other in a row. The feud with Savage in many ways continued their same feud from the WWE. Miss Elizabeth returned as Savage's manager, but this time turned against him and became Flair's valet. Together with Woman and Debra McMichael they would escort Flair to his matches until Miss Elizabeth was taken by the nWo in the fall and eventually returned as Savages valet when he joined the nWo in 1997.
    In the fall of 1995 Flair began a short feud with Arn Anderson, where in a tag match with Flair and Sting vs Anderson and Brian Pillman; Flair turned on Sting and reformed the new Four Horsemen with Flair as the leader, Arn Anderson, Brian Pillman, and Chris Benoit as the members.
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    On April 29, 1995, Flair wrestled Antonio Inoki in front of 190,000 spectators in Pyongyang, North Korea at the May Day Stadium in a losing effort under a joint show between New Japan Pro Wrestling and World Championship Wrestling.
    More Details Hide Details The event was broadcast on August 4, 1995 on Pay Per View under the title of Collision in Korea.
    Flair took a few months off afterwards before returning as a wrestler and part-time manager for Vader in 1995 (explained on-air by having Flair nag Hogan for months until Hogan and Savage both petitioned WCW management to let Flair come back).
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  • 1994
    Age 45
    After becoming the unified and undisputed WCW champion, Flair feuded with Hulk Hogan upon Hogan's arrival in WCW in June 1994, losing the WCW World Championship to him in July at Bash at the Beach.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first major match and for most fans, the first time Flair and Hogan were seen wrestling in the most wanted dream match of all time. Hogan and Flair wrestled before in non televised matches in the WWF and were scheduled to finally collide at Wrestlemania VIII, but Vince McMahon ultimately decided to cancel the dream match a month prior to Wrestlemania. Their first clash in a high-profile manner was not until this match in WCW. Flair continued to feud with Hogan and finally lost to Hogan in a steel cage retirement match at Halloween Havoc.
    In June 1994, Flair defeated Sting in a unification match, merging the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship with the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, and solidifying his heel turn.
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    In the spring of 1994, Flair turned tweener and started another feud with longtime rival Ricky Steamboat and challenged Steamboat to a match at Spring Stampede which ended in a no contest from a double pin, causing the title to be held up.
    More Details Hide Details Flair defeated Steamboat in a rematch to reclaim the held-up title at Super Brawl. The WWE does not count this victory as a new title win. Flair then challenged Col. Robert Parker to wrestle one of his men at Slamboree, which turned out to be Barry Windham, and Flair defeated Windham, afterwards Flair quietly turned heel and took Sherri Martel as his manager.
  • 1993
    Age 44
    At Starrcade in 1993, Flair defeated Vader to win the title for the second time.
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    Once he returned to action, Flair briefly held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship for a tenth time after defeating Barry Windham at Beach Blast before WCW finally left the NWA in September 1993.
    More Details Hide Details At Fall Brawl, Flair lost the title, now rebranded the WCW International Championship, to "Ravishing Rick" Rude.
    Flair triumphantly returned to WCW as a hero in February 1993, as a result of a "no-compete" clause he was unable to wrestle, so he hosted a short-lived talk show in WCW called A Flair for the Gold.
    More Details Hide Details Arn Anderson usually appeared at the bar on the show's set, and Flair's maid, Fifi cleaned or bore gifts.
    Flair then fulfilled his remaining house show commitments, making his last appearance on February 10, 1993, before returning to WCW.
    More Details Hide Details On The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection DVD, Flair described his first stint with the WWF as "the greatest year and a half of my career, outside the time I spent with Arn Anderson and The Four Horsemen".
    Flair appeared in the Royal Rumble in 1993, then lost a Loser Leaves the WWF match to Mr. Perfect on the next night's (January 25) Monday Night Raw in a match taped six days earlier.
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  • 1992
    Age 43
    He defended and retained the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Genichiro Tenryu on September 15, 1992 in a match that resulted in a draw.
    More Details Hide Details In August 1995, under a WCW contract, Flair participated in the G1 Climax tournament in New Japan, where he beat Shiro Koshinaka, drew Masahiro Chono, and lost to Keiji Mutoh.
    Flair teamed with Razor Ramon to take on Savage and Perfect at the Survivor Series 1992.
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    His second reign was short-lived, however, as he lost the title to Bret Hart on October 12, 1992.
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    In July 1992, as Savage prepared to defend the title against The Ultimate Warrior at SummerSlam, Flair and Mr. Perfect sowed distrust between the two by suggesting that they would back one or the other during their match.
    More Details Hide Details They actually attacked both Savage and Warrior and injured Savage's knee, an injury that Flair exploited to regain the title in a match with Savage on September 1.
    At the Royal Rumble in 1992, Flair won the Rumble match to claim the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Flair drew number three in the Rumble match and lasted a then-record nearly 60 minutes, last eliminating Sid Justice with help from Hulk Hogan, who had been eliminated by Justice seconds earlier. After his victory, Flair became the wrestler who had taken least time since his debut to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship with 113 days. Randy Savage then challenged Flair for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship as part of the double main event at WrestleMania VIII. In the storyline, Flair taunted Savage by claiming that he had a prior relationship with Savage's wife, Miss Elizabeth, and that he had the pictures to prove it (which were later revealed to be doctored photos). Savage defeated Flair for the title at WrestleMania.
  • 1991
    Age 42
    1 Flair did win the Mid-Atlantic version of the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship six times and the six reigns were recognized even after World Championship Wrestling (WCW) took control over the championship and renamed it the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship in 1991.
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    Led by his "financial adviser" Bobby Heenan and his "executive consultant" Mr. Perfect, Flair repeatedly issued challenges to WWF wrestlers like "Rowdy" Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan, wrestling a team led by Piper at Survivor Series in 1991 and helping The Undertaker defeat Hogan for the WWF World Heavyweight Championship that same night.
    More Details Hide Details WCW sued Flair in an attempt to reclaim the belt, but Flair claimed that he owned the belt in lieu of the US$25,000 deposit paid by NWA champions upon winning the title, which had not been returned to him when he was fired from WCW. In the 2008 DVD Nature Boy Ric Flair: The Definitive Collection, Flair claimed that to this day he has never been paid the $25,000 deposit, plus interest.
    Flair signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in August 1991 and began appearing on television as one of the most hated heels the next month.
    More Details Hide Details Initially, he appeared on WWF shows with the "Big Gold Belt", calling himself "The Real World Heavyweight Champion."
    In the spring of 1991, Flair had a contract dispute with WCW president Jim Herd, who wanted him to take a substantial pay cut.
    More Details Hide Details Herd had removed Flair as head booker in February 1990 and wanted to reduce Flair's role in the promotion even further, despite the fact that Flair was still a top draw. According to Flair, Herd also proposed changes in his appearance and ring name (i.e. by shaving his hair, wearing a diamond earring and going by the name "Spartacus") in order to "change with the times". Flair disagreed with the proposals, and two weeks before The Great American Bash, Herd fired him and vacated the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. While Flair had left for the WWF he was still recognized as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion until September 8, when the title was officially vacated.
    On May 19, 1991, Flair defeated Fujinami at SuperBrawl I in St. Petersburg, Florida to reclaim the NWA title and retain the WCW title.
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    On March 21, 1991, Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Flair in a controversial match in Tokyo at the WCW/New Japan Supershow.
    More Details Hide Details While the NWA recognized Fujinami as their new champion, WCW did not because Fujinami had backdropped Flair over the top rope in a violation of WCW rules.
    Fujinami beat Flair for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, but later lost the title at the first WCW SuperBrawl PPV on May 19, 1991 in the United States.
    More Details Hide Details When Flair left WCW for the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1991, he continued to tour Japan in the Super World of Sports (SWS) promotion, due to an agreement between WWF and SWS.
    On March 21, 1991, Flair defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and challenged Tatsumi Fujinami for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a double title match on the WCW/New Japan Supershow at the Tokyo Dome.
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  • 1990
    Age 41
    After being unmasked as the Black Scorpion at Starrcade in 1990, Flair regained the title from Sting on January 11, 1991, in front of a near empty house due to the blizzard conditions in the New York City area.
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    On July 7, 1990, Flair dropped the title to Sting at The Great American Bash.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 40
    On February 20, 1989, at Chi-Town Rumble in Chicago, Steamboat pinned Flair to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details This prompted a series of rematches, where Steamboat was presented as a "family man" (often accompanied by his wife and young son), while Flair opposed him as an immoral, fast-living "ladies man". Following a best-of-three falls match with Steamboat that lasted just short of the 60-minute time limit (and ended with a disputed finish where Steamboat retained the title) at Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin' Cajun on April 2, Flair regained the title from Steamboat on May 7, 1989 at WrestleWar. This match was voted 1989's "Match of the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. Months later, Flair returned to competition in a match against Terry Funk at The Great American Bash. The two continued feuding through the summer and eventually Flair reformed the Four Horsemen, with the surprise addition of longtime rival Sting, to combat Funk's J-Tex Corporation. This led to an "I Quit" match at Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout which Flair won. Flair then kicked Sting out of the Horsemen upon his challenge for the NWA Championship, resulting in a revived feud between the two which had to be delayed due to Sting injuring his knee, forcing WCW to slot Lex Luger as Flair's main challenger until Sting returned.
  • 1988
    Age 39
    WWE.com has published contradictory information on Flair's reigns – recognizing five reigns in one article, but describing him as a six-time champion in another article. 2 His last four reigns with the championship were after Jim Crockett Jr. sold his promotion to Ted Turner in November 1988, which became WCW. The NWA World Heavyweight Championship was defended exclusively in WCW until WCW's withdrawal from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in 1993.
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    In late 1988, booker Dusty Rhodes proposed that Flair would lose the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Rick Steiner in a short match at Starrcade when no agreement could be met regarding the finish to the scheduled main event between him and Lex Luger.
    More Details Hide Details Rhodes was fired for various issues within the company, and former JCP booker George Scott was given his role as a booker. Scott immediately negotiated to bring in Ricky Steamboat for a series of matches.
    In early 1988, rising star Sting had challenged Flair to a match at the first ever Clash of the Champions.
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  • 1987
    Age 38
    Garvin held the title for two months before losing to Flair on November 26, 1987 at WCW's first pay-per-view event, Starrcade, in Chicago.
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    Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship due to his flamboyant ways in Detroit to Ron Garvin on September 25, 1987.
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    In 1987, Flair and Barry Windham had a series of matches for the NWA World Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Flair defeated Windham at the Crockett Cup tournament and they fought to a time limit draw in January.
  • 1986
    Age 37
    By 1986, wrestling promoter Jim Crockett had consolidated the various NWA member promotions he owned into a single entity, running under the banner of the National Wrestling Alliance.
    More Details Hide Details Controlling much of the traditional NWA territories in the southeast and Midwestern United States, Crockett looked to expand nationally and built his promotion around Flair as champion. During this time, Flair's bookings as champion were tightly controlled by Crockett, and a custom championship belt was created for Flair.
  • 1985
    Age 36
    In the spring of 1985, the tag team of Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson began aiding Flair (whom they claimed as a "cousin") in attacks against Dusty Rhodes, Magnum T.A., and Sam Houston.
    More Details Hide Details A few weeks later, the Andersons interrupted Houston's match against Tully Blanchard, and the three villains combined to rough up the youngster while sending a message to the rest of the NWA. Shortly thereafter, Flair, Blanchard, and the Andersons formalized their alliance, calling themselves the Four Horsemen, with Blanchard's manager J.J. Dillon also coming on board. Upon the group's inception, it was clear that the Horsemen were unlike any villainous alliance that had ever existed. The four rule breakers immediately used their strength in numbers to decimate the NWA's top fan favorites while controlling the majority of the championship titles. Over the years, there were various incarnations of the group, with Flair and Arn Anderson as the two permanent members, while a number of different wrestlers, including Tully Blanchard, Chris Benoit, Sting, Steve McMichael, Dean Malenko, and Barry Windham, have held the other two spots in the Horsemen.
    On October 21, 1985, Flair wrestled Rick Martel in a double title match where he defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and challenged for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, but the match ended in a double countout.
    More Details Hide Details As All Japan withdrew from the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in the late 80s, World Championship Wrestling (WCW) began a working agreement with New Japan Pro Wrestling (NJPW). In 1989, the working agreement led to a feud between Flair and Keiji Mutoh, who was wrestling under The Great Muta gimmick, in the United States for WCW.
  • 1984
    Age 35
    Flair lost the title to Race and won it back in the span of three days in New Zealand and Singapore in March 1984.
    More Details Hide Details At the first David Von Erich Memorial Parade of Champions at Texas Stadium, Flair was pinned by Kerry Von Erich. Flair regained the title eighteen days later in Japan. He then reigned for two years, two months, and two days, losing his title to Dusty Rhodes on July 26, 1986 at The Great American Bash; Rhodes had been an ever-present foe in Flair's career after Flair helped break Rhodes's ankle on September 29, 1985. Flair regained the title two weeks later. Flair defended his title against opponents like Harley Race, Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Kerry Von Erich, Jay Youngblood, Sting, Ronnie Garvin, Magnum T.A., and Rhodes throughout his career, as well.
  • 1983
    Age 34
    On August 27, 1983, he married his second wife, Elizabeth Harrell ("Beth").
    More Details Hide Details Promoter Jim Crockett Jr. served as the best man for the wedding. They had two children, daughter Ashley and son Reid. Beth also made periodic appearances in WCW between 1998 and 2000.
    Harley Race won the title from Flair in 1983, but Flair regained the title at Starrcade in Greensboro, North Carolina in a steel cage match; afterward, Race and Flair fought in many different matches in early 1984.
    More Details Hide Details Flair won the NWA title, officially, eight more times. As the NWA champion, he defended his belt around the world.
  • 1982
    Age 33
    In 1982, Jack Veneno and Flair had a series of matches.
    More Details Hide Details Veneno defeated Flair for the World title, but the NWA did not recognize this change. Flair also wrestled matches with Ricky Steamboat throughout the year. Another unsanctioned title loss took place on January 6, 1983, this time to Carlos Colón Sr. in Puerto Rico. Flair recovered the belt in a phantom change 17 days later. While this switch was not officially recognized by the NWA, WWE retroactively recognized it.
  • 1981
    Age 32
    On September 17, 1981, Flair beat Dusty Rhodes for his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
    More Details Hide Details In the following years, Flair eventually established himself as the promotion's main franchise in the midst of emerging competition from Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Federation. With his outlandish wit and entertaining interview style, Flair embodied the role of the World Champion—sporting bleached blond hair, elegant jewelry, designer suits, and elaborate custom robes while dishing out his trademark chops and figure four leglock. All the while, Flair taunted his opponents with his "Wooo!" shout while boasting that "To be 'The Man', you gotta beat the man!".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 29
    Flair, however, reached elite status when he began referring to himself as "The Nature Boy" in order to incite a 1978 feud with the original "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, who put Flair over in one encounter.
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    On April 27, 1978, Flair challenged for the NWA United National Championship in a losing effort.
    More Details Hide Details Throughout the 1980s, Flair defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in All Japan against the likes of Genichiro Tenryu, Riki Choshu, Jumbo Tsuruta, Harley Race, and Kerry Von Erich.
  • 1977
    Age 28
    Groomed by Jim Crockett Jr. as his future top star, Flair won the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship when he defeated Bobo Brazil on July 29, 1977; and during the next three years, he held five reigns as U.S. Champion while feuding with Ricky Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Mr. Wrestling, Jimmy Snuka, and Greg Valentine (with whom he also formed a championship tag team).
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  • 1976
    Age 27
    Flair conducted a rigorous physical therapy schedule, however, and he returned to the ring just eight months later, where he resumed his feud with Wahoo McDaniel in February 1976.
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  • 1975
    Age 26
    On October 4, 1975, however, Flair's career nearly ended when he was in a serious plane crash in Wilmington, North Carolina that took the life of the pilot and paralyzed Johnny Valentine (also on board were Mr. Wrestling, Bob Bruggers, and promoter David Crockett).
    More Details Hide Details Flair broke his back in three places and, at age 26, was told by doctors that he would never wrestle again.
  • 1974
    Age 25
    In 1974, Flair left the AWA for Jim Crockett's Mid-Atlantic region in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA); and he soon captured his first singles title when, on February 9, 1975, he beat Paul Jones for the Mid-Atlantic TV Championship.
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    After Flair left the AWA for Jim Crockett Jr.'s Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling (MACW) in 1974, he began working tours for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW).
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  • 1973
    Age 24
    Flair first competed in Japan in 1973 for International Wrestling Enterprise (IWE), due to a working agreement between AWA promoter Verne Gagne and the IWE.
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  • 1972
    Age 23
    On December 10, 1972, he made his debut in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, battling George "Scrap Iron" Gadaski to a 10-minute draw while adopting the ring name "Ric Flair".
    More Details Hide Details Then weighing nearly 300 pounds with short brown hair, Flair scarcely resembled his future "Nature Boy" image. But he drew attention with his charismatic personality and ring endurance. During his time in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), Flair had matches with Dusty Rhodes, André the Giant, Larry Hennig, and Wahoo McDaniel.
  • 1971
    Age 22
    Flair married his first wife, Leslie Goodman, on August 28, 1971. They had two children, daughter Megan and son David, before divorcing in 1983 after twelve years of marriage.
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    Under the tutelage of Josh Klemme and Billy Robinson, Flair attended Gagne's first wrestling camp with Greg Gagne, Jim Brunzell, Iron Sheik, and Ken Patera at Gagne's barn outside Minneapolis in the winter of 1971.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 17
    As a teen, Fliehr took a summer job as a lifeguard at a local pool in Minnesota. He received his first exposure to the wrestling business when he met the Vachon brothers. In both 1966 and 1968, Fliehr won the state private school wrestling championship and was recruited to the University of Minnesota on a football scholarship, where he played alongside Greg Gagne, the son of Verne Gagne.
    More Details Hide Details He dropped out of college without receiving his degree. He then worked as a bouncer at a nearby club, where he met Olympic weightlifter Ken Patera, who was preparing for a ring career at Verne Gagne's wrestling school. Patera introduced Flair to Verne Gagne, who agreed to take him on as a member of his training class.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Age 0
    Born on February 25, 1949.
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