Richard Morgan Fliehr (born February 25, 1949), known professionally as Ric Flair, is an American retired professional wrestler. Regarded by multiple peers and journalists as the greatest professional wrestler of all time, Flair had a career that spanned 50 years.
Ric Flair Career on the professional wrestling
Ric Flair, noted for his tenures with Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE) and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), has had a long career on the professional wrestling scene.
From the mid-1970s onward, he has used the moniker “The Nature Boy”. Ric Flair is almost synonymous with professional wrestling and always has been a major pay-per-view attraction throughout his career.
And Eric received PWI’s Wrestler of the Year award a record six times, while Wrestling Observer Newsletter named him the Wrestler of the Year (an award named after him and Lou Thesz) a record eight times.
First two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee
He is the first two-time WWE Hall of Fame inductee, inducted with the class of 2008 for his individual entertaining career and again with the class of 2012 as a member of The Four Horsemen. He is also a member of the NWA Hall of Fame, and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Ric Flair Achivements
Flair is officially recognized with WWE in 16-time world champion, 8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion and two time WWF Champion. The number of his world championship reigns and claim of being a 21 time champion will depend on the source that you credit.
Ric Flair The First person to win both WWE’s and WCW’s Triple Crowns
As WCW’s inaugural World Heavyweight Champion, Flair became the first person to complete the company’s Triple Crown, having already won the United States and World Tag Team Championships. The move made him the first person to win both WWE’s and WCW’s Triple Crowns. He would then go on to win his third title when he was crowned with the Intercontinental Championship after winning both of WWE’s titles (WWF Championship and World Tag Team).
Ric Flair discussed what caused a big falling out between himself and Triple H, who he was with in Evolution and is now current WWE boss.
Ric Flair and Triple H were thick headed in the 2000s when they put together the Evolution group that ran roughshod over Raw between 2003 and 2005. However, the course of friendship never runs smooth – especially in pro wrestling.
Ric Flair told his podcast, To Be The Man, that there was a fallout with The Game stemming from issues related to WWE copyrighting the phrase ‘The Man’. However, both men still care for each other. Ric Flair opens up about The Game on the podcast with To Be The Man
“Well, I don’t think we’re thick as thieves, but I can tell you this. We had a big falling out over the trademark, ‘The Man’ issue, a big falling out. But, I’d be very surprised if I wasn’t in the top 5 people who reached out to Stephanie [McMahon] when he got sick. Certainly, as soon as I became aware of it, I called her and I called him.”
“[Triple H] is the first person I called when [Ric’s son] Reid died. So, for whatever people want to make about our relationship or not, I feel like everybody has ups and downs. You have arguments, you have disagreements. But I can guarantee you this, I will be at his funeral, and I’ll guarantee you this, he will be at mine. Everybody else can say what they want to say, make of it what they want to make of it.”