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Ric Flair

Professional Wrestler Ric Flair

Full Name: Richard Morgan Fliehr
Profession: Professional Wrestler

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Ric Flair's career spanned over forty years, and he is regarded by many as one of the all-time best professional wrestlers—known, since the 1970s, as 'The Nature Boy.' He has been WWE world champion at least 16 times, with others claiming up to 25 wins—he himself claims to have won the world championship 21 times.

Flair began as an amateur wrestler training under Verne Gagne. His debut was against George "Scrap Iron" Gadaski on the 10th of December, 1970—which was also when he first adopted the ring name 'Ric Flair.' He then fought in Japan in 1973, then began wrestling in Jim Crockett's National Wrestling Alliance.

In 1975, Flair's wrestling career was almost ended after a serious plane crash in which his back was broken, the pilot was killed, and fellow wrestled Johnny Valentine was paralysed. Despite being told he might never wrestle again, Flair was back in the ring only eight months later.

Since then he has gone on to be a fixture in professional wrestling—beloved by fans not only for his victories, but also for his antics in the ring.

Born: February 25, 1949
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Age: 72 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Ox
Star Sign: Pisces

Historical Events

  • 1975-10-04 A Cessna 310Q airplane crashes over Wilmington, North Carolina, killing the pilot and severely injuring several pro wrestlers affiliated with the NWA's Mid-Atlantic promotion. One of the survivors is the legendary Ric Flair.
  • 1990-01-02 Sting joins pro wrestling's legendary "4 Horsemen" (Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Ole Anderson)
  • 1991-01-11 Ric Flair wins NWA/WCW wrestling title
  • 1991-03-21 Tatsumi Fujinami beats Ric Flair for NWA wrestling championship
  • 1992-01-19 Nature Boy Ric Flair becomes WWF champ at Royal Rumble
  • 1992-04-05 WrestleMania VIII, Hoosier Dome, Indianapolis, IN (62,167): Hulk Hogan defeats Sid Justice by DQ; Randy Savage beats Ric Flair for WWF Heavyweight title
  • 1992-10-12 Brett "Hitman" Hart beats Ric Flair for WWF heavyweight title
  • 1994-07-17 Hulk Hogan beats Ric Flair to win WCW wrestling championship

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