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Ric Flair

Name: 'The Nature Boy' Ric Flair
Height: 6'1" / 1.85m
Weight: 234 lbs / 110kgs
Born: February 25, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA
From: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Trained by: Verne Gagne
Debut: December 10, 1972
Finisher: Figure-Four Leglock
Also known as: Ricky Rhodes, The Black Scorpion

Toured Australia: 2003, 2005, 2006, 2009.

One of the greatest wrestlers of all time, Ric Flair made his wrestling debut in 1972 for AWA.

Joined Jim Crockett's Mid-Atlantic NWA territory in 1974.

Was involved in a serious plan crash in 1975 and broke his back in three places.

First won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in 1981 by beating Dusty Rhodes. Lost the belt to Harley Race but regained it at the first Starrcade in a cage match.

In 1985 formed the legendary Four Horseman stable with Tully Blanchard, Ole and Arn Anderson and JJ Dillon.

During the late 80s and early 90s, Flair had a series of legendary matches with Ricky Steamboat and Sting, establishing Sting in the process.

Flair left what was now WCW in 1991 and signed with WWF. As he still possessed the NWA title belt - he was billing himself as the Real World's Champion. Won the 1992 Royal Rumble and vacant WWF title.

Returned to WCW in 1993 and feuded with Hulk Hogan for much of 1994. Stood opposite the New World Order from 1996. The Four Horsemen feuded with them, culminating in a War Games match at Fall Brawl 1997. The Horsemen disappeared after this. They reunited in an emotional segment in late 1998.

Flair defeated Eric Bischoff to become WCW President in 1999.

Wrestled Sting in the final match of Nitro in 2001 after WWF bought out WCW.

Appeared in WWF in late 2001 as a controlling stockholder. Joined Triple H in 2003 to form Evolution.

On WWE's Ruthless Aggression Tour in 2003 Flair defeated Shawn Michaels and teamed with Randy Orton in a losing effort against Michaels and Rob Van Dam on seperate dates in Sydney. Later in 2003 on the Passport to Smackdown Tour he defeated A-Train in Perth.

On the WrestleMania Revenge Tour in 2005 he teamed with Triple H in Brisbane but lost to Batista and Chris Benoit. In Newcastle the next night Edge and Chris Jericho were added to the teams for a similiar result. Batista and Benoit defeated Flair and Triple H again in Sydney. Later in 2005 on the Survivor Series Tour Flair lost to Triple H in Sydney, teamed with Shawn Michaels to defeated Carlito and Kurt Angle in Adelaide and finally lost to Triple H again in Melbourne.

2006's Summerslam Tour saw Flair and Michaels beat the Spirit Squad in Newcastle, Sydney and Melbourne.

After being threatened with forced retirement if he lost in late 2007, Flair wrestled what would end up being his retirement match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXIV in 2008, the night after he was first inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame.

Flair had a brief stint in Ring of Honor.

Came out retirement for the Hulkamania 'Let the Battle Begin' tour. Flair wrestled Hulk Hogan in the main events in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Sydney. Flair was managed by Lacey von Erich for most of this time.

Joined TNA in 2010 to form the Fortune stable which would briefly ally with Immortal. After Fortune left Immortal, Flair stayed with them and turned on his group.

The Four Horseman were inducted to the WWE Hall of Fame, making Flair the first person to be inducted twice.

 

Major titles: NWA World Heavyweight Championship (10), NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (3), NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (3 - w/ Rip Hawk, Greg Valentine and Big John Studd), NWA TV Championship (2), NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (6), NWA World Tag Team Championship (3 - w/ Greg Valentine (2) and Blackjack Mulligan) (Mid-Atlantic), WCW International World Heavyweight Championship (2), WCW World Heavyweight Championship (7), NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship, WWF Championship (2), World Tag Team Championship (3 - w/ Batista (2) and Roddy Piper) (WWE), WWE Intercontinental Championship, 1992 Royal Rumble Winner

Credit: Chris Dalgleish, Wikipedia, Ric Flair's To Be The Man, Cagematch.de
Photo credit: Wikipedia


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Flair before his retirement match in 2008.