Guest Author - Vance Rowe
Ric Flair Mini Bio
“I’M A LIMOUSINE RIDING, JET AIR PLANE FLYING, STYLIN’ AND PROFILIN’ KISS STEALIN’, WHEELIN’AND DEALIN’, SON OF A GUN!” This was Ric Flair’s mantra in all of his promos back in the 80’s as he ruled the wrestling world in the NWA and later, in WCW and the WWE. “Slick” Ric Flair was born in 1949 and adopted as Richard Morgan Fliehr. In 1972, he began his illustrious wrestling career in the AWA after being trained by Verne Gagne. In 1974, he began wrestling in the Mid-Atlantic territory in North Carolina and in 1975; he was in a plane crash that broke his back in three different places. A few years later, he was back to wrestling ands on his way to making history. He went on to hold the U.S. title which was the most important title for the region at the time. Once in awhile the NWA World Champion would come into town and defend his belt but the World Championship belt was not as easy to win as it is today. However, he did win the NWA World Tag Team belts on several occasions with Black Jack Mulligan and Greg “The Hammer” Valentine as his partners.
In 1981, Ric Flair finally defeated the NWA World Champion, Dusty Rhodes for the belt and he would travel to different regions and defend the belt against the top talent in those regions. Before the NWA became the WCW, Ric Flair would go on to hold the NWA World title seven more times. In 1985, the Four Horsemen were formed because of an interview segment that the four men, Ric Flair, Tully Blanchard, Arn and Ole Anderson had to share. When they realized that they had common enemies in Dusty Rhodes and Magnum T.A., they formed their faction. J.J. Dillon became the manager of the group because he was Tully Blanchard’s manager at the time but Ric Flair was always the “leader” of the faction. They brutally destroyed the competition and ruled the NWA for the mid-1980’s. However, in 1986, Magnum T.A. was in a near fatal car collision that ended his wrestling career. There have been different faces in the Horsemen over the years to include the likes of Lex Luger, Barry Windham, Chris Benoit and even Sting.
Ric Flair has impacted the world of professional wrestling like no other and has dominated the sport for more than thirty years and has held numerous titles including holding the NWA World Title, the WCW World Title and the WWE World title collectively for an unprecedented sixteen times. His finishing maneuver is a figure four leg lock and he delivers a shot across an opponent’s chest with the side of his hand called a “knife edge chop” and when he delivers it, the crowd yells, “WHOOO!” In fact, when any wrestler delivers this devastating chop, the crowd yells “WHOO!” in homage to the one called the “Nature Boy”. He has impacted the sport that much and so much more that you cannot even talk about professional wrestling without mentioning the name of Ric Flair.