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.
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The Huddle: Ric Flair inspires the Rams' 8-3 'Woo!'
LATimes - 3 months
This is notable The Rams will improve to 9-3 if they defeat the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday at University of Phoenix Stadium, guaranteeing the franchise its first winning season since 2003, when the St. Louis Rams finished 12-4 and lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the Carolina Panthers. ...
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Wooooo! 'Second Nature' Is A Winningly Unadorned Memoir Of The Wrestling Life
NPR - 5 months
"Nature Boy" Ric Flair is one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time. His daughter Charlotte followed him into the ring, and now, they've written a joint memoir that's moving and brutally honest. (Image credit: Jenny Kerrigan/NPR)
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WWE Hall of Fame manager, commentator Bobby 'The Brain' Heenan dies at 73
ABC News - 5 months
Bobby "The Brain" Heenan, one of the most renowned managers and commentators in the history of professional wrestling, died on Sunday. He was 73. Although a cause of death has not yet been confirmed, Heenan had been battling throat cancer since 2002. After early success in the World Wrestling Association (WWA) and the American Wrestling Association (AWA), Heenan was signed by the WWE in 1984. His first managerial client as part of the promotion was WWE Hall of Famer Big John Studd. Throughout his years as a manager, Heenan formed what would come to be known as the Heenan Family, a group of superstars whom he managed. Among them were Andre the Giant, Ric Flair, Paul Orndorff, Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Rick Rude, Mr. Perfect and Harley Race. All of those names also hold their rightful places in the WWE Hall of Fame. Heenan himself was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004. Stars from the wrestling world took to Twitter to honor Heenan. ...
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Ric Flair out of surgery but has 'a long road ahead'
Fox News - 6 months
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'Covfefe' Kerfuffle: Trump's Typo Sparks A Search For Meaning, And Humor
NPR - 9 months
Among those who responded: Ric Flair. The covfefe kerfuffle is a reminder that we're living in a unique political era, when even the words are brand-new. (Image credit: @realDonaldTrump/Screenshot by NPR)
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Ric Flair claims he wrestled with Halle Berry in the sack
Fox News - over 1 year
Flair hooks up with Berry?
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'It Was Torture': An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Acknowledges 'Horrible Mistakes'
NPR - almost 2 years
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 3 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 himsel...
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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 3 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 o...
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The Greatest Gimmick in the History of Professional Wrestling
Huffington Post - almost 3 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 4 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 ...
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NFL Playoffs 2014: 49ers beat Panthers 23-10; we can thank Ric Flair for this, right?
Cageside Seats - about 4 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 ...
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Ric Flair claims he received death threats
USA Today - about 4 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 4 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 4 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 labe...
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CSSGST Elite Eight Match: (1) nWo vs. (2) Evolution
Cageside Seats - over 4 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 4 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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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Ric Flair
    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 66
    Flair and Barlow got engaged in July 2016.
    In 2016, Flair said continuing to wrestle in TNA was the "number one" regret of his career.
    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.
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    Flair returned to podcasting on MLW Radio with a new show called the Ric Flair Show in July 2016.
    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.
  • 2015
    Age 65
    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.
  • 2014
    Age 64
    In 2014, Flair voiced himself in the animated series, Uncle Grandpa, in the episode, "History of Wrestling".
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  • 2013
    Age 63
    In 2013, Flair made an appearance in, Stuff You Should Know, in the episode, "Bacteriopolis", as Dr. Roland Grayson.
    He also occasionally appeared on NXT in 2013 and 2014, accompanying his daughter Charlotte to the ring.
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    Flair appeared on the main roster sporadically throughout 2013, as The Miz's mentor.
  • 2012
    Age 62
    As of September 3, 2012, Flair is going through his fourth divorce, which is stil pending.
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    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.
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    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.
  • 2011
    Age 61
    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.
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  • 2010
    Age 60
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2009
    Age 59
    On November 11, 2009, Flair married his fourth wife, Jacqueline "Jackie" Beems, in Charlotte, North Carolina.
    After Raw, Flair left WWE when his contract expired on June 2, 2009.
    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.
    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.
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    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.
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  • 2008
    Age 58
    In the 2008 presidential race, Flair declared his support for the Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
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    In 2008, Tiffany filed for divorce from Flair, which was finalized in 2009.
    The induction ceremony took place on March 29, 2008, with Triple H inducting him.
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    On March 24, 2008, Mayor Bob Coble, of Columbia, South Carolina, declared March 24 to be Ric Flair Day in Columbia.
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    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.
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    On the March 31, 2008 episode of Raw, Flair delivered his farewell address.
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    Flair's fight to keep his career going garnered him the 2008 PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year award.
    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 57
    On the June 11 episode of Raw, Flair was drafted from Raw to SmackDown! as part of the 2007 WWE Draft.
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  • 2006
    Age 56
    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    On May 27, 2006, Flair married his third wife Tiffany VanDemark, a fitness competitor.
    Flair and Beth divorced in 2006 after nearly 23 years of marriage.
  • 2005
    Age 55
    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.
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    At the end of 2005, Flair had a feud with Edge, culminating in a WWE Championship TLC match on Raw in early 2006.
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    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 54
    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.
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    He successfully defended the World Tag Team Championship with Batista against The Dudley Boyz twice in February 2004.
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    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 53
    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.
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  • 2002
    Age 52
    At Unforgiven in 2002, Triple H defended the World Heavyweight Championship against Rob Van Dam.
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    The "co-owner" angle culminated in early 2002, when Flair controlled Raw, and McMahon controlled SmackDown!
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    Flair also wrestled The Undertaker at WrestleMania X8 in March 2002 where Flair lost.
    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.
  • 2001
    Age 51
    After an 8-month hiatus from wrestling, Flair made a return to the WWF in November 2001.
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    When WCW was purchased by the WWF in March 2001, Flair was the leader of the villainous group called the Magnificent Seven.
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  • 2000
    Age 50
    Flair won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice during 2000, the company's last full year of operation.
  • FORTIES
  • 1999
    Age 49
    In 1999, a large group of pro wrestling experts, analysts and historians named Flair the greatest NWA World Heavyweight Champion of all time.
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    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.
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  • 1998
    Age 48
    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.
    This culminated in a match at Starrcade 1998 between Bischoff and Flair.
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    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).
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    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.
  • 1997
    Age 47
    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 46
    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.
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    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.
    On July 17, 1996, Flair challenged Shinya Hashimoto for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a losing effort in NJPW.
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  • 1995
    Age 45
    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.
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    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.
    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.
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    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).
  • 1994
    Age 44
    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.
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    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.
    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.
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  • 1993
    Age 43
    At Starrcade in 1993, Flair defeated Vader to win the title for the second time.
    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.
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    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.
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    Flair then fulfilled his remaining house show commitments, making his last appearance on February 10, 1993, before returning to WCW.
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    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.
  • 1992
    Age 42
    He defended and retained the WWF World Heavyweight Championship against Genichiro Tenryu on September 15, 1992 in a match that resulted in a draw.
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    Flair teamed with Razor Ramon to take on Savage and Perfect at the Survivor Series 1992.
    His second reign was short-lived, however, as he lost the title to Bret Hart on October 12, 1992.
    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.
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    At the Royal Rumble in 1992, Flair won the Rumble match to claim the vacant WWF World Heavyweight Championship.
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  • 1991
    Age 41
    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.
    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.
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    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.
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    In the spring of 1991, Flair had a contract dispute with WCW president Jim Herd, who wanted him to take a substantial pay cut.
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    On May 19, 1991, Flair defeated Fujinami at SuperBrawl I in St. Petersburg, Florida to reclaim the NWA title and retain the WCW title.
    On March 21, 1991, Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Flair in a controversial match in Tokyo at the WCW/New Japan Supershow.
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    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.
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    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.
  • 1990
    Age 40
    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.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1989
    Age 39
    On February 20, 1989, at Chi-Town Rumble in Chicago, Steamboat pinned Flair to win the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
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  • 1988
    Age 38
    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.
    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.
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    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 37
    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.
    Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship due to his flamboyant ways in Detroit to Ron Garvin on September 25, 1987.
    In 1987, Flair and Barry Windham had a series of matches for the NWA World Championship.
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  • 1986
    Age 36
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 35
    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.
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    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.
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  • 1984
    Age 34
    Flair lost the title to Race and won it back in the span of three days in New Zealand and Singapore in March 1984.
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  • 1983
    Age 33
    On August 27, 1983, he married his second wife, Elizabeth Harrell ("Beth").
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    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.
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  • 1982
    Age 32
    In 1982, Jack Veneno and Flair had a series of matches.
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  • 1981
    Age 31
    On September 17, 1981, Flair beat Dusty Rhodes for his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1978
    Age 28
    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.
    On April 27, 1978, Flair challenged for the NWA United National Championship in a losing effort.
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  • 1977
    Age 27
    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).
  • 1976
    Age 26
    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 25
    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).
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  • 1974
    Age 24
    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.
    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).
  • 1973
    Age 23
    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.
  • 1972
    Age 22
    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".
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  • 1971
    Age 21
    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.
    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.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1966
    Age 16
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1949
    Born
    Born on February 25, 1949.
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