The following biography
Morgan Fliehr (born February 25, 1949) 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
currently working for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA), and is noted for his
lengthy and highly decorated tenures with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA),
World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and the World Wrestling
Federation/Entertainment (now known as simply WWE).
officially recognized by WWE, TNA and PWI as a 16-time World Heavyweight
Champion (seven-time NWA Champion, seven-time WCW Champion and two-time WWF
Champion) although his actual tally of World Championship reigns varies by
source—Flair considers himself a 21-time world champion.
Championship Wrestling (WCW), he also had two stints as a booker—in 1989–1990
and 1994. Flair also became the first and only man to have won the WWF
Championship in a Royal Rumble match, when he accomplished this in the 1992
edition of the event. In 2012, Flair will be the first ever double inductee in
the WWE Hall of Fame, going in in 2008 for his individual career, and in 2012 as
a member of the Four Horsemen. He is also a NWA Hall of Famer (class of 2008).
hair styles and mannerisms are based on those of Buddy Rogers, who previously
and famously used the "Nature Boy" gimmick in the 1950s and '60s.
Coincidentally, Flair also followed Rogers in becoming the second man to win
both the WWF and the NWA World Heavyweight Championships.
the first ever WCW World Champion, having been awarded the title following WCW's
succession from the NWA in 1991. With that, he also became the first WCW Triple
Crown Champion upon being awarded the title, having already held the United
States and World Tag Team titles. In 2005, he completed WWE's version of the
Triple Crown when he won the Intercontinental Championship, after already
holding the WWF (now WWE) Championship, as well as the World Tag Team
Championship, becoming the third man to win both the WCW and WWE Triple Crown
(after Bret Hart and Chris Benoit). Using the officially recognized totals (by
WWE, TNA and PWI) of 16 World Championships and a record-tying 5 U.S.
Championship reigns, Flair has won a total of 30 different major championships
between the NWA, WCW, and WWE, with numerous regional titles also to his credit.
name(s) Ric Flair
height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
weight 243 lb (110 kg)
February 25, 1949 (1949-02-25) (age 63)
Charlotte, North Carolina
from Charlotte, North Carolina
December 10, 1972
born on February 25, 1949. In the opening chapter of his autobiography To Be the
Man, titled "Black Market Baby," he notes that his birth name is given on
different documents as Fred. At the time of his adoption (arranged by the
notorious Tennessee Children's Home Society, later shut down for adoption
fraud), his father was completing a residency in Detroit. Shortly afterward, the
family settled in Edina, Minnesota, where the young Richard Fliehr lived
throughout his childhood. After grade 9, 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.
As a teen,
Flair took a summer job as a lifeguard at a local pool in Minnesota, where he
received his first exposure to the wrestling business when he met the legendary
Vachon brothers. In both 1966 and 1968, Flair 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. Flair dropped out of college before receiving his degree, and 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.
Professional wrestling career
American Wrestling Association (1972–1974)
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 of Minneapolis in the winter of 1971. Flair met Ken Patera
when he was working as a bouncer after dropping out of school at the U of M
after completing his freshman year there in 1968-69. They lived together for a
while in South Minneapolis. Flair made fast progress, and in December 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." 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, Flair had
matches with Dusty Rhodes, André the Giant, Larry Hennig, and Wahoo
National Wrestling Alliance
Becoming the Nature Boy (1974–1981)
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 8, 1975, he beat Paul Jones for the Mid-Atlantic TV Championship. 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 I" Tim Woods, Bob
Bruggers, and promoter David Crockett). Flair broke his back in three places
and, at age 26, was told by doctors that he would never wrestle again. Flair
conducted a rigorous physical therapy schedule, however, and he returned to the
ring just six months later, where he resumed his feud with Wahoo McDaniel in
February 1976. The crash did force Flair to change his wrestling technique
away from the power brawling style he had used early on, which led him to adopt
the "Nature Boy" style he would use throughout his career.
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 II, Jimmy Snuka, and Greg
Valentine (with whom he also formed a championship tag team). 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.
NWA World Heavyweight Champion (1981–1986)
September 17, 1981, Flair reached the top of the mountain when he beat Dusty
Rhodes for his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship. 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!".
Jack Veneno and Flair had a series of matches. 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. 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. Flair won the NWA title, officially, eight more
times. As the NWA champion, he defended his belt around the world. Flair lost
the title to Race and won it back in the span of three days in New Zealand in
March 1984. 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.
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
titles 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.
The Four Horsemen
spring of 1985, the tag team of Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson began aiding Ric
Flair (whom they claimed as a "cousin") in attacks against Dusty Rhodes, Magnum
T.A., and Sam Houston. 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 would be various incarnations of the group, with Flair and Arn
Anderson as the two permanent members, while a number of different wrestlers,
including Lex Luger, Barry Windham, Sting, Sid Vicious, Paul Roma, Brian
Pillman, Chris Benoit, Jeff Jarrett, Steve McMichael, Curt Hennig, and Dean
Malenko, have held the other two spots in the Horsemen.
World Championship Wrestling (1986–1991)
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. 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. In 1987, Flair and Barry Windham had a
series of matches for the NWA World Championship. Flair defeated Windham at the
Crockett Cup tournament and they fought to a time limit draw in January. Flair
lost the NWA World Championship due to his flamboyant ways in Detroit to Ron
Garvin on September 25, 1987. 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
1988, rising star Sting had challenged Flair to a match at the first ever Clash
of the Champions. Flair accepted and fought Sting to a 45 minute time-limit
draw. In late 1988, booker Dusty Rhodes proposed that Flair 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. 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. On February 20,
1989, at Chi-Town Rumble in Chicago, Steamboat pinned Flair to win the NWA World
Heavyweight Championship. 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".
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, and is widely
considered among the greatest matches of all time. Flair was attacked by Terry
Funk (serving as a judge for the match, as per its stipulations) after the match
when Flair refused to grant Funk a title match, telling Funk that he had spent
too much time in Hollywood and out of wrestling, and was not a listed title
contender. The attack reached its conclusion when Funk gave Flair a piledriver
onto the judges' table.
later, a "recovered" Flair returned to competition in an emotional match against
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. Before the match,
Funk stated that he would shake Flair's hand if he lost, a promise he kept when
he shouted, "Yes, I quit!" after being in Flair's figure four leglock. 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. On July 7, 1990, Flair dropped the title
to Sting at The Great American Bash. 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. Prior to this reign, WCW split their recognition of a World
Heavyweight Champion from the NWA, and Flair was subsequently recognized as the
first WCW World Heavyweight Champion, while still being recognized as NWA World
Clash of the Champions XIV: Dixie Dynamite on January 30, he wrestled Scott
Steiner to a draw. On March 21, 1991, Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Flair in a
controversial match in Tokyo at the WCW/New Japan Supershow. 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. On May 19,
1991, Flair defeated Fujinami at SuperBrawl I in St. Petersburg, Florida to
reclaim the NWA title and retain the WCW Title. In doing so, he became a nine
time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, breaking Harley Race's record of eight
reigns. On June 12, at the Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville USA, he
defeated Bobby Eaton in a two out of three falls match.
spring of 1991, Flair had a contract dispute with WCW president Jim Herd, who
wanted him to take a substantial pay cut. 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 (i.e. by shaving his hair, wearing
a diamond earring and going by the name "Spartacus") as well as his in-ring name
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
Championship. While Flair had left for the WWF he was still recognized as the
NWA World Champion until September 8, when the title was officially vacated.
World Wrestling Federation
The Real World Heavyweight Champion (1991)
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.
Initially, he appeared on WWF shows with the "Big Gold Belt," calling himself
"The Real World Heavyweight Champion." Led by his "financial advisor" Bobby
Heenan and his "executive consultant" Mr. Perfect, Flair repeatedly issued
challenges to WWF wrestlers like 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 Championship that same night. WCW sued Flair in an attempt to
reclaim the belt, but Flair claimed that he owned the belt in lieu of the
$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 $25,000 deposit, plus interest. Later in the DVD Triple H said
that Flair gave him the actual WCW title belt as a gift.
WWF Champion and feud with Randy Savage (1992–1993)
Royal Rumble in 1992, he won the Rumble match to claim the vacant WWF
Championship. 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. In so doing,
Flair joined Buddy Rogers as the only men to win the WWF and NWA World
Championships in their careers.
planned program with Hogan was scrapped due to Hogan's hiatus following the
WWF's steroid scandal, Randy Savage challenged Flair for the WWF title 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,
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.
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. 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.
His second reign was short-lived, however, as he lost the title to Bret Hart on
October 12, 1992.
teamed with Razor Ramon to take on Savage and Perfect at the Survivor Series
1992. After losing a Loser Leaves the WWF match to Mr. Perfect on the
January 18, 1993 edition of Monday Night Raw, Flair appeared in the Royal
Rumble in 1993 (although the match with Perfect had been taped six days prior,
it did not air until the following night) and then fulfilled his remaining house
show commitments, making his last appearance on February 10, 1993, before
returning to WCW. 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."
Return to World Championship Wrestling
Retirement teases (1993–1996)
returned to WCW as a face in February 1993 and, as a result of a "no-compete"
clause, hosted a short-lived talk show in WCW called A Flair for the Gold as he
was unable to appear wrestling. Arn Anderson usually appeared at the bar on the
show's set, and Flair's maid, Fifi (portrayed by Wendy Barlow), cleaned or
bore gifts. 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. At Starrcade in 1993,
Flair was placed in a match, which was billed that if Flair lost, he would
retire from wrestling. The match ended with Flair using a chop block and roll-up
on the gigantic Vader to win the title for the second time.
1994, Flair defeated Sting in a unification match, merging the WCW International
World Heavyweight Championship with the WCW World Championship. This concluded a
slow heel turn for Flair that started when he defeated Ricky Steamboat in a
controversial manner some months earlier. Flair later 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. Flair lost a retirement match to Hogan at
Halloween Havoc and took a few months off before returning as a wrestler and
part-time manager in 1995 (explained on-air by having Flair nag Hogan for months
until Hogan agreed to let Flair come back). He and Randy Savage renewed
hostilities when Savage arrived in WCW late in 1994, and their feud continued
off and on for almost two years with each wrestler winning the WCW World
Championship from each other at different times. Flair defeated Savage in a
steel cage match at SuperBrawl VI to win the WCW World title, which saw Savage
betrayed by Elizabeth in favor of Flair. The Nature Boy also defeated Konnan on
July 7 at Bash at the Beach to win the United States Championship. He vacated it
in November of that year due to an arm injury he suffered in Japan, during a
match with Kensuke Sasaki.
Feud with nWo (1996–1997)
as a top babyface, Flair played a major role in the New World Order storyline in
late 1996 and throughout 1997. He and the other Horsemen often took the lead in
the war against Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan. 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. Hennig punctuated the act by slamming the cage door onto
Flair's head. After Fall Brawl. Flair would return a month later to feud with
Curt Hennig over the US title (which Hennig won from Steve McMichael). Flair
would challenge for the title at Halloween Havoc and World War 3, losing both
Return from hiatus and various feuds (1998–2001)
1998, Flair disappeared from WCW television, due to a lawsuit filed by Eric
Bischoff for no-showing a WCW Thunder TV taping. 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).
Flair feuded with Bischoff for several months afterward. This culminated in a
match at Starrcade 1998 between Eric Bischoff and Ric Flair. Bischoff was
victorious after interference from Curt Hennig, a former member of the Four
Horsemen. The following night in Baltimore on Nitro, Flair returned with a crazy
streak angle in what became one his most notable interview promos reviving the
"custom made from head to toe" catchphrase. He began by stripping to his boxers
and threatening to leave WCW, demanding a match against Bischoff for the
presidency of the company, and later handcuffing himself to the ring. 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. 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. Despite being the first to
bleed, Flair won the match by submission thanks to the bias of the referee
Charles Robinson, who counted Hogan out. This match was a double turn for Flair
(who turned heel) and Hogan (who turned face). Robinson would be nicknamed "Lil'
Naitch", idolizing Flair and officiating all of Flair's matches in his
President, Flair began abusing his power much like Bischoff had, favoring
villains over fan favorites and even awarding the WCW United States Heavyweight
Championship to his son David and resorting to whatever means necessary to keep
David U.S. Champion. This also led to many more notable promos with Flair
proclaiming, "I am the President". 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, facing Sting for the WCW presidency. 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).
the WCW World Championship twice during 2000, the company's last full year of
operation. When WCW was purchased by the WWF in March 2001, Flair was the leader
of the villainous group called the Magnificent Seven. During the final episode
of Nitro on March 26, 2001, he gave an emotional speech regarding the company's
greatness and his best matches and opponents in WCW throughout the years,
including Sting. Later in the night, Flair lost the final match of Nitro to
Sting, recreating the first main event 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.
Return to World Wrestling Federation/Entertainment
WWF co-owner (2001–2002)
hiatus from wrestling, Flair made a popular return to the WWF in November 2001
as the on-camera co-owner of the company and as a face in Charlotte on RAW in
November 2001. 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. Flair's feud with
Vince McMahon led them to a match at the Royal Rumble in 2002 in a Street Fight,
where Flair defeated McMahon. Flair also wrestled The Undertaker at
WrestleMania X8 in 2002 where Flair lost after a hard fought battle and
interference by Arn Anderson. From then, the "co-owner" angle culminated in
early 2002, when Flair controlled Raw, and McMahon controlled SmackDown!.
After Steve Austin abruptly left WWE 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.
later became a villain by joining Triple H's "Evolution" stable. Flair won
the World Tag Team Championship with Batista twice in 2003 and 2004.
After HHH took time off following Vengeance and for the rest of the summer,
Flair would become a fan favorite again by beginning a short feud with Kurt
Angle. Later, at Unforgiven in 2005, Flair defeated Carlito for the
October 3 edition of Raw, Flair was attacked by his Evolution tag team partner
Triple H, after Triple H threw him into a limousine and smashing into limousine
window for using sledge hammer. On November 1, 2005 at Taboo Tuesday, Flair
defeated Triple H in a steel cage match. Flair continued his feud with Triple H
until Survivor Series, when Triple H defeated him in a Last Man Standing match
to end the feud.
Various rivalries and retirement (2006–2008)
At the end
of 2005 Flair had a feud with Edge, culminating in a WWE championship TLC match
on the RAW in early 2006. On the February 20 edition of Raw he lost to Shelton
Benjamin. Flair then 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. Flair defeated
Foley at SummerSlam in an "I Quit" match.
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. On the November 13 edition 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.
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. Slaughter versus the Spirit Squad. Flair then left television due
to his divorce hearings. On the December 11, 2006 edition of Raw, Flair returned
to team up with DX again. They defeated Rated-RKO and Kenny Dykstra.
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 at Wrestlemania 23, 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. His career was put at risk following a match with Randy Orton on
June 4, 2007.
June 11 edition of Raw, Flair was drafted from Raw to SmackDown! as part of the
2007 WWE Draft. 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.
three month hiatus, Flair returned to WWE programming on the November 26 edition
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.
On March 29, 2008, Flair was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a part of the
Class of 2008 by Triple H. Flair became the first active wrestler to be inducted
into the Hall Of Fame. The day after, Flair wrestled at WrestleMania XXIV in
Orlando, Florida, losing to Shawn Michaels. This match was voted the 2008
PWI Match of the Year. Flair's fight to keep his career going garnered him the
2008 PWI Most Inspirational Wrestler of the Year award.
Part time appearances (2008–2009)
March 31, 2008 edition of Raw, Flair delivered his farewell address. 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 Ric 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 Ric
Flair and then raising his arm in victory, but were included in Nature Boy Ric
Flair: The Definitive Collection DVD as extras.
his first post retirement appearance on the June 16, 2008 edition of Raw to
confront Chris Jericho about his actions during a rivalry with Shawn Michaels.
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 Chris 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. 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
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 Randy 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. After Raw, Flair left WWE when his contract
expired on June 2, 2009.
Ring of Honor and Hulkamania Tour (2009)
signed with Ring of Honor (ROH) and appeared at the aptly titled Stylin' And
Profilin' event in March 2009, clearing the ring after an ROH World Championship
match ended with a run-in. 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
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 brassknuckles. Flair lost to Hogan again on November 24 in
Perth, Australia. Both men bled and Flair was pinned after being hit with a
megaphone by Hogan. Flair also lost to Hogan on the two remaining matches on
the tour, both times after being struck by a megaphone.
Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (2010-present)
January 4, 2010, live, three-hour edition of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's
Impact! television show, Flair as a face 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.
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 TNA 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 heel alliance. Flair has also confirmed that he will return to wrestling
in TNA. On the February 25 edition of Impact!, Hulk Hogan announced that both
he and Flair will make their in-ring TNA debuts on the March 8 Monday night
edition of Impact!, when Hogan and Abyss face Flair and Styles in a tag team
match. On the March 8 Monday night edition of Impact! 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. At Lockdown Team Flair (Sting, Desmond
Wolfe, Robert Roode and James Storm) was defeated by Team Hogan (Abyss, Jeff
Jarrett, Jeff Hardy and Rob Van Dam) in a Lethal Lockdown match. On the
April 26 edition of Impact! Flair was defeated by Abyss in a match, where
Flair's and Hogan's WWE Hall of Fame rings were at stake and as a result Flair
lost possession of his ring to Hogan. The following week Hogan gave the ring
to Jay Lethal, who returned it to Flair out of respect. This, however, was not
enough for Flair, who attacked Lethal along with the members of Team Flair.
After Styles dropped the World Heavyweight Championship to Rob Van Dam, then
failed to regain it in a rematch and later was pinned by Jay Lethal, Flair
adopted Kazarian as his newest protégé, seemingly replacing Styles as his number
June 17 edition of Impact! Flair announced that he would reform the Four
Horsemen under the new name Fourtune, comparing A.J. Styles to Arn Anderson,
Kazarian to Barry Windham, Robert Roode and James Storm to Ole Anderson and
Tully Blanchard and Desmond Wolfe to Lex Luger, while also stating that each of
them would have to earn their spots in the group. Flair made a return to
the ring on July 11 at Victory Road, losing to Jay Lethal. On the July 15
edition of Impact! Flair announced A.J. Styles and Kazarian as the first two
official members of Fourtune and two weeks later added Robert Roode and James
Storm as the final two members of the group. On the August 5 edition of
Impact! Flair faced Lethal in a rematch, this time contested under Street Fight
rules, with the members of Fourtune banned from ringside. Flair managed to win
the match, after an interference from Douglas Williams. The following week
Williams and Matt Morgan were added to the renamed Fourtune, as the stable
attacked EV 2.0, a stable consisting of former Extreme Championship Wrestling
performers. On September 23, Flair headlined a live event in Oklahoma
City titled Lord of the Ring in his honor. Competing in his first TNA house show
match, Flair lost to Kurt Angle in the main event. In the weeks leading to
Bound for Glory, Flair's stable's name was tweaked to Fortune to represent the
expansion in the number of members in the group. On the October 7 live
edition of Impact! Flair was defeated by Mick Foley in a Last Man Standing
match. At Bound for Glory Flair was in Fortune's corner, when Styles,
Kazarian, Morgan, Roode and Storm were defeated in a Lethal Lockdown match by EV
2.0 members Tommy Dreamer, Raven, Rhino, Sabu and Stevie Richards.
following edition of Impact! Fortune formed an alliance with Hulk Hogan's and
Eric Bischoff's new stable, Immortal. On the November 18 edition of Impact!
Flair returned to the ring, competing in a match, where he faced Matt Morgan,
who had been kicked out of Fortune the previous month. Morgan won the match,
after Douglas Williams turned on the rest of Fortune, when they interfered in
the match. 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. 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
Flair's time away from TNA, Fortune turned on Immortal, becoming a face
group. Flair returned at the February 14 tapings of the February 17 edition
of Impact!, turning on Fortune during a match between A.J. Styles and Matt Hardy
and jumping to Immortal. On the March 10 edition 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. Flair returned to television in a non–wrestling role
on the May 12 edition of Impact!. Flair would not appear again for three
months, until making his return on August 9 at the tapings of the August 18
edition of Impact Wrestling, confronting old rival Sting and challenging him to
one more match. In exchange for Sting agreeing to put his career on the line,
Flair promised to deliver him his match with Hogan if he was
victorious. The match, which Flair lost, took place on the September
15 episode of Impact Wrestling. During the match Flair tore his left
triceps on a superplex spot, sidelining him indefinitely from in-ring
action. Since the match, Flair has mostly been accompanying Immortal member
Gunner to ringside and helping him injure superstars by hitting them onto the
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 "Woooooo!" (Flair got the inspiration from Jerry
Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire") Flair's moveset became limited in the last ten
years of his career due mainly to his age and years of competition taking a toll
on his body, but remained a visible character. The "Woooooo!" 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. 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
On May 19,
2003 in Greenville, South Carolina, Triple H defended the World Heavyweight
Championship in a match against Flair. After Raw went off the air, most of
the people who were backstage came out to honor Flair, including Vince McMahon,
the Undertaker, Shane, and Stephanie McMahon. Triple H then appeared, and
after a stare down, he placed the World Heavyweight Championship belt on Flair's
shoulder and embraced him. Flair then gave a speech thanking everyone for the
released his autobiography, To Be the Man, in July 2004. The title is taken
from one of his catchphrases, "To be the man, you gotta beat the man!"
years, Flair has personally trained Stan Lane, Scott McGhee, and, David Flair,
his son, to be professional wrestlers.
February 18, 2008 edition of Raw, Shawn Michaels announced Flair as the first
inductee into the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2008. The induction ceremony took
place on March 29, 2008, with Triple H inducting him. This made him the first,
and, as of 2009, only, person to be inducted while still an active
competitor. On March 24, 2008, Mayor Bob Coble, of Columbia, South
Carolina, declared March 24 to be Ric Flair Day in Columbia. Flair also received
the key to the city. 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. 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.
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. Also, on June 12,
2009, Flair was presented with the key to the city of Myrtle Beach, South
Carolina and, in September, he received the key to the city in Marion
County, South Carolina. On July 17, 2010, Flair made a special appearance
at Scotland Motors in Laurinburg, North Carolina and received the key to that
city, as well.
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
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 match, would be placed in the pop culture section of the National Museum of
American History in Washington, D.C.
lends his voice and image to the Carolina Hurricanes hockey team. During at home
games, he appears on the monitor giving his trademark "Wooooo" whenever the
Hurricanes scored a goal.
Flair was named the greatest pro wrestler of all time in the book The Top 100
Wrestlers of All Time by John Molinaro, edited by Dave Meltzer and Jeff
2, 2011, Flair was present at the WWE Hall of Fame. In a clip during Shawn
Michaels's induction, Flair can be seen sitting behind Stone Cold Steve Austin.
9, 2012 it was announced that the Four Horsemen would be inducted into the Hall
of Fame making Flair the first person to be induced into the Hall of Fame twice.
son David is a semi-retired professional wrestler. Flair's youngest son Reid,
who signed a developmental contract with WWE near the end of 2007, is an
accomplished high school wrestler and made several appearances on WCW television
along with his sister Ashley and half-sister Megan. In 2004, Flair became a
grandfather at the age of 55, when his oldest daughter, Megan Fliehr-Ketzner,
gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Morgan Lee Ketzner on May
On May 27,
2006, Ric married his third wife, fitness competitor Tiffany VanDemark. On
August 7, 2008, Tiffany announced that she had filed for divorce from
Flair. On November 11, 2009, Flair married his fourth wife, Jackie Beems,
in Charlotte, North Carolina.
daughter Ashley was arrested on September 5, 2008 for assaulting a police
officer. The incident occurred after police were called to a fight
involving Flair, Ashley, and her boyfriend. On February 23, 2010, Flair and
his fourth wife had an "unfortunate disagreement" in which his wife Jackie Beems
was arrested for misdemeanor assault, causing very slight injuries to
December 2005, a magistrate issued arrest warrants for Flair after a road rage
incident that took place in Charlotte, NC in which Flair allegedly got out of
his car, grabbed a motorist by the neck, and kicked the door of the motorist's
sport utility vehicle. Flair was charged with injury to personal property
and simple assault and battery, both misdemeanors. This incident was ridiculed
on WWE programming, most notably by the wrestler Edge.
September 2007, Flair opened a financial business called Ric Flair Finance. In
July 2008, Ric Flair Finance filed for bankruptcy.
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. Due to ROH's purchase by Sinclair Broadcasting Group it is
uncertain if they will continue to seek legal action against Flair.[citation
2010, Highspots Inc. filed a lawsuit against Flair alleging that Flair had never
repaid $35,000 that they had loaned him. Highspots also claimed that Flair had
given them the NWA World Heavyweight Championship belt as collateral.
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
somebody had paid Flair's debts.
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.
2008 presidential race, Ric Flair declared his support for the Republican
presidential candidate Mike Huckabee. 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."
Real life feuds
engaged in an off-screen rivalry with Bret Hart. 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, of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, said of Hart,
"there is no denying he was a major draw in the United States"; WWE owner
Vince McMahon has asserted that whichever company hired Hart could "have built
the entire franchise around [him]", describing him as an "extraordinary star who
you know is going to give you the best match of the night every time he goes out
there." McMahon added that it was "fortunate for me, in terms of my company",
that his chief competitor, WCW, did not utilize Hart to his full potential.
WCW described Hart as "an incredible international draw, attracting standing
room only crowds in every corner of the globe."
had a long running feud with Shane Douglas, who would refer to him as "Dick
Flair" and accuse him of sabotaging his push in the NWA/WCW after getting a
solid push and a rub from his tag partner Ricky Steamboat. Flair, in turn,
responded that Douglas was always the guy that would blame his shortcomings on
others. He called Douglas out as well as accused him of steroid abuse during a
broadcast of the Internet radio show WCW Live! in which he said that he would
meet him anytime and anywhere if he "took the needle out of his ass." They were
able to come to a working relationship during Douglas' last stint with WCW.
also had issues with Mick Foley. In his 1999 autobiography Have a Nice Day!,
Foley said, "Flair was every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was
great on the wrestling side of it." This was in reference to how poorly
Foley thought he was booked during his WCW career when Flair was on the booking
committee. Flair responded in his autobiography, writing, "I do not care how
many thumbtacks Mick Foley has fallen on, how many ladders he's fallen off, how
many continents he's supposedly bled on, he will always be known as a glorified
stuntman." They have since buried the hatchet and are now friends.
Altercation with Eric Bischoff
described in his autobiography how he attacked Eric Bischoff backstage at a WWE
house show, saying it was due to hating how Bischoff treated him in WCW. Flair
stated that Arn Anderson kept watch while he tried to get Bischoff to fight him,
but that the confrontation was interrupted by Sgt. Slaughter, who promptly
informed Vince McMahon of the incident. McMahon then scolded Flair, telling him
that his actions were unprofessional and that it could not happen
Tension with Hulk Hogan
book, Flair also touched on some real-life tension between himself and Hulk
Hogan which largely stemmed from an incident that followed the conclusion of a
tag match between Flair and his son, David, and the team of Curt Hennig and
Barry Windham at WCW's Souled Out pay-per-view on January 17, 1999, in
Charleston, WV. Flair described Hogan and members of the New World Order
coming out to attack them, as well as Hogan whipping an incapacitated David with
a leather belt as Flair was forced to look on. "What no one had told me was that
Hogan would try to be cute and whip David over and over again. ... there was
Hogan—with all his experience, and all his celebrity—trying to be cute. He
whipped David like a dog. It was sickening, and I'll never forgive him for it",
Flair wrote of the incident. Flair also noted that, following a backstage
altercation with Eric Bischoff at a WWE house show, he was asked by Vince
McMahon if he planned to do the same to anyone else, to which he replied "Yeah,
Hogan" in what he claimed to be only a half-joking manner. Despite this, the two
have managed to maintain a working relationship, both in Hogan's promotion and
in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling currently.
Disagreement with Bruno Sammartino
wrestler Bruno Sammartino have a real-life disagreement over what reports call
"the infamous backstage 'snub' where Flair claims that Sammartino refused to
shake his hand at a live event." While Flair claims Sammartino ignored him
due to comments made in his book stating Sammartino was "a Northeast star who
couldn’t draw fans outside New York," Sammartino disagrees. Sammartino
referred to Flair as a "liar," stating, "No, I don’t respect Ric Flair. I don’t
respect him at all." Sammartino contends that Flair disrespected him, and
not vice versa.
knee drop – early career
four leglock – adopted from "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers
block, usually as a setup for the figure four leglock
(When thrown to the corner, Flair puts his head down & flips over the turnbuckle
& lands on the apron) – innovated
Knife-edged chop, usually with Flair or the crowd shouting "Wooooooooo!"
Poking or raking the opponent eyes
jumping knee drop
breaker, usually as a setup for the figure four leglock
(Short for "Nature Boy")"
Dirtiest Player in the Game"
Limousine Ridin', Jet Flying, Kiss Stealin', Wheelin' Dealin', Son of a Gun"
Master of the Figure Four"
Managers and valets
(Triple H, Batista and Randy Orton)
(A.J. Styles, Kazarian, Beer Money, Inc. (Robert Roode and James Storm), Douglas
Williams and Matt Morgan)
section of the tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra by Richard Strauss
Wanderer" by Dion
section of the tone poem Also sprach Zarathustra (remix) by Dale Oliver (TNA)
the Sand" (with Evolution) by Motorhead
4"(V1) by Dale Oliver
Theme" by Dale Oliver
Championships and accomplishments
All Star Pro Wrestling
Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
All Japan Pro Wrestling
Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Central States Wrestling
Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling / Jim Crockett Promotions / World
Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (3 times)—with Rip Hawk (1), Greg Valentine
(1) and Big John Studd (1)
Atlantic)/NWA Television Championship (2 times)
Atlantic)/WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (6 times)1
Heavyweight Championship (7 times)2
Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (3 times)—with Greg Valentine (2)
and Blackjack Mulligan (1)
International World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)3
Heavyweight Championship (7 times)
Triple Crown Champion
National Wrestling Alliance
of Fame (Class of 2008)
Pro Wrestling Illustrated
him #2 of the top 500 singles wrestlers of the PWI Years in 2003
him #3 of the top 500 singles wrestlers in the PWI 500 in 1991, 1992, and
the Year (1987) Four Horsemen vs. Super Powers and Road Warriors
the Year (1988, 1990) vs. Lex Luger
the Year (1989) vs. Terry Funk
the Year (1983) vs. Harley Race (June 10)
the Year (1984) vs. Kerry Von Erich at Parade of Champions 1
the Year (1986) vs. Dusty Rhodes at The Great American Bash in a steel cage
the Year (1989) vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleWar
the Year (2008) vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXIV
the Decade (2000–2009) vs. Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania XXIV
Wrestler of the Year (1978, 1987)
Inspirational Wrestler of the Year (2008)
the Year (1975)
Weston Award (2008)
of the Year (1981, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1992)
Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum
Pro Wrestling Report
the Year (2008) vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24
St. Louis Wrestling Club
Missouri Heavyweight Championship (1 time)
St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame
World Wrestling Federation / World Wrestling Entertainment
Championship (2 times)
Team Championship (3 times)—with Batista (2) and Roddy Piper (1)
Intercontinental Championship (1 time)
of Fame (Class of 2008) - as a singles competitor
of Fame (Class of 2012) - as a member of the Four Horsemen
Triple Crown Champion
Award for Match of the Year (2008) vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXIV
Wrestling Observer Newsletter
Interviews (1991, 1992, 1994)
the Year (1989) vs. Terry Funk
the Year (1983) vs. Harley Race in a steel cage match at Starrcade
the Year (1986) vs. Barry Windham at Battle of the Belts II on February 14
the Year (1988) vs. Sting at Clash of the Champions I
the Year (1989) vs. Ricky Steamboat at WrestleWar
Charismatic (1980, 1982–1984, 1993)
Outstanding (1986, 1987, 1989)
Favorite Wrestler (1984–1993, 1996)
of the Year (1990) vs. The Junkyard Dog
Worked Match of the Year (1996) with Arn Anderson, Meng, The Barbarian, Lex
Luger, Kevin Sullivan, Z-Gangsta and The Ultimate Solution vs. Hulk Hogan and
Randy Savage in a Towers of Doom match at Uncensored
of the Year (1982–1986, 1989, 1990, 1992)
Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame (Class of 1996)
1 Flair did win the Mid-Atlantic version of the NWA United States Championships
five times and the five reigns were recognized even after World Championship
Wrestling took control over the championship and renamed it the WCW United
States Heavyweight Championship in 1991. After WCW's purchase by WWE, the
lineage of the championships were kept and used to give the WWE United States
Championship a prestigious history. However, WWE does not recognize some of the
reigns of some wrestlers when the title was still the Mid-Atlantic NWA United
States Championship. As of now, only four of Flair's five reigns with the NWA
United States Heavyweight Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) are officially
recognized by WWE.
2 His last four reigns with the championship were after Jim Crockett, Jr. sold
his promotion to Ted Turner in November 1988, which became World Championship
Wrestling. The NWA World Heavyweight Championship was defended exclusively in
WCW until WCW's withdrawal from the National Wrestling Alliance in 1993.
3 Title reigns are not recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment.
4 He won the title for the third time in Kallang, Singapore. Records are unclear
as to which promotion hosted the event.
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