40 FAST FACTS Ric Flair – Brief Article
Think you know everything there is to know about WCW’s Ric Flair? We sincerely doubt it. Read on for the specifics on the 14-time world champion’s life and career
1. Ric Hair was born Richard Morgan Fliehr on February 25, 1949.
2. Flair made his professional debut on December 10, 1972. 3. Flair’s official stats list him as 6’1″ and 243 pounds.
4. The formal title ofFlairs entrance theme is Richard Strauss’ “Also Sprach Zarathustra,” also known as “Theme from `2001: A Space Odyssey.'”
5. Flair is also known as the “Nature Boy,” “the Man,” “Slick Ric,” and a “kiss-stealing, wheeling, dealing, jet-flying, limousine-riding son of a gun.”
6. Flair’s best known catchphrase is: “To be the man, you have to beat the man.”
7. Flair won his first of six National Wrestling Alliance United States titles on July 29, 1977, when he defeated Bobo Brazil.
8. Flair made his feature film debut in the 1973 movie, “The Wrestler.”
9. Flair’s career almost came to a premature end when he suffered a broken back in a plane crash on October 4, 1975. Doctors told him he would never wrestle again.
10. Flair’s battle cry is, “Whooo!”
11. Flair captured his first world title on December 25, 1976, when he and Greg Valentine defeated Gene and Ole Anderson for the NWA world tag-team championship.
12. Flair captured the NWA world tag-team title two more times, once with Greg Valentine (October 30, 1977) and once with Blackjack Mulligan (August 8, 1979).
13. In the “Battle of the Nature Boys,” Flair used the figure-four leglock to defeat Buddy Rogers on July 8, 1979, in Greensboro, N.C.
14. Flair is a 14-time world heavyweight champion (12 NWA/WCW and two WWF), capturing his first belt on September 17, 1981, when he defeated Dusty Rhodes for the NWA world championship.
15. NWA world heavyweight champion Ric Flair battled WWF world heavyweight champion Bob Backlund in a title versus title bout at the Omni in Atlanta on July 4, 1982.
16. Flair’s first title reign lasted nearly two years and ended when he lost to Harley Race on June 10, 1983.
17. Flair recaptured the NWA title (his second) on November 24, 1983, at the inaugural Starrcade when he defeated Race.
18. During his time as an ex-champion, Flair defeated David Von Erich in the final of a 20-man tournament to crown a new Missouri champion on July 15, 1983. Ironically, the title was vacated by Harley Race after he defeated Flair for the NWA title.
19. A “phantom” title switch occurred on March 21, 1984, in Wellington, New Zealand, when Harley Race beat Flair and on March 23, 1984, in Kallang, Singapore, when Flair regained the belt.
20. The Four Horsemen were formed in May 1986 with Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson, and Tully Blanchard. James J. Dillon managed the nefarious quartet.
21. At the first Clash of the Champions on March 27, 1988, Flair and Sting wrestled to a 45-minute draw in his defense of the NWA world title.
22. Flair defeated Rick Steamboat for his eighth world title on May 7, 1989. After the match, ringside judge Terry Funk attacked Flak and started a bitter feud.
23. Flair’s relationship with WCW ended abruptly on July 2, 1991, because of a contract dispute. He was subsequently stripped of the WCW title.
24. Flair made his WCW return at SuperBrawl 3 on February 21, 1993.
25. Flair lost the WWF world title on April 5, 1992, at his first and only appearance at Wrestlemania.
26. A dream match came true on October 23, 1991, in Dayton, Ohio, when Flair finally faced WWF world champion Hulk Hogan. The “Nature Boy” won the bout by count out.
27. Hair became the second man to hold both the NWA and WWF world titles when he won the WWF heavyweight championship at Royal Rumble on January 19, 1992.
28. Flair won his second WWF world title when he defeated Randy Savage on September 1, 1992.
29. Flair made his WWF debut on September 10, 1991, in Cornwall, Ontario, when he defeated Jim Powers with the figure-four leglock.
30. Upon Hair’s WWF arrival, he was immediately put into a feud with Hulk Hogan and Roddy Piper. The “Nature Boy” claimed to be the “real world champion” as he carried around the belt he wore in the NWA/WCW.
31. Flair’s first title victory after his return was the revived NWA championship on July 18, 1993, when he defeated Barry Windham. The title would eventually be renamed the WCW international world title when the NWA pulled recognition of the strap.
32. A Flair vs. Hogan match finally happened on pay-per-view when Flair defended his WCW world title at Bash At The Beach on July 17, 1994. Hogan won the match and the championship.
33. Flair lost a “retirement” match to Hulk Hogan at Halloween Havoc on October 23, 1994. Flair returned months later at Hogan’s insistence.
34. On April 21, 1998 WCW filed a $2 million lawsuit against Flair for breach of contract after he failed to appear at several WCW shows. Flak countersued.
35. Although legal matters were net resolved, Flair returned to WCW on September 14, 1998, with an emotional speech on “Nitro” that started a “worked shoot” feud with Eric Bischoff.
36. Flair defeated Eric Bischoff on December 28, 1998, to win the “presidency of WCW” for 90 days.
37. The “acting president” became “president for life” when Flair defeated Hulk Hogan at Uncensored on March 14, 1999. In the process, the “Nature Boy” captured his 14th world title.
38. Flair finally lost the “presidency” on July 19, 1999, when he was defeated by Sting.
39. Flair made yet another WCW return on January 25, 2000, when he walked out to applaud Ski Vicious’ world title victory at the conclusion of the “Thunder” taping.
40. Flair recently joined the side of Lex Luger and Elizabeth to form “Team Package.”
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