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Wrestling Legend Ric Flair Expands Gambling Biz, by
Greg Tingle - 1st April 2010
Professional wrestling living legend, 'The Nature
Boy' Ric Flair, has expanded on his gambling and gaming
deals. Enter South Carolina Education Lottery.
Media Man and Gambling911 have long suspected, there
is a cross over audience in wrestling fan and punters,
be it lottery, poker, casino, online and offline.
We've also noticed an increase in PKR (3D) poker advertising
on a number of Wrestling News Media and sports car
- lifestyle websites, but that's another story. Flair
didn't miss long time nemesis Hulk Hogan doing business
with a Native American tribe via The Hulk-a-Mania
Experience slot machine, but Flair's opted for "softer"
gambling (thus far) via being a face of lottery tickets
in the Carolina's.
took a life gamble some 30 years ago when when his
bleached his hair blond an transformed his image into
a somewhat modern 'Gorgeous George' inspired character,
known for his jet flying, limousine riding, wheelin',
dealing, son of a gun antics. Flair became the thinking
man's wrestler, and quite the entrepreneur in the
biggest wrestling related pay days came around the
time of his signing with World Wrestling Entertainment
and 1991, soon after having his first match with Hulk
Hogan. Today Flair still wrestles the occasional match
against Hogan and his mates in WWE rival, TNA Wrestling,
but Flair remains on the lookout for worthwhile business
deals to help maintain his lifestyle and fuel his
considerable expense account which experienced an
increase with family matters and the like.
Man' is one of Charlotte's best-known celebs, and
one of the world's most famous wrestlers, will be
showcased on 'Woooooo!' South Carolina Education Lottery
tickets, kicking off next week.
will be in the think of the action with the $5 scratch-off
ticket, starting Monday, according to Flair management
and of the South Carolina Lottery.
six months ago Flair fronted that $5 scratch-off lottery
ticket in North Carolina. The Flair tickets were among
the state's best-selling lottery items. The ticket
sale was pushed along by television commercials featuring
Flair, which later became a bit of a viral hit on
the YouTube website portal via Media Man creation
American Gaming News.
Harper Bethea, executive director of the South Carolina
Education Lottery, said Flair will also help promote
the ticket sales in the Palmetto State.
look forward to hosting Ric Flair in South Carolina
at various events and anticipate an increase in ticket
sales to generate more funds for education,"
also advised he is scheduled to appear on behalf of
the lottery on 8th May at NASCAR's Southern 500 racing
mega event in Darlington; and again June 5 at the
Sun Fun Festival in Myrtle Beach.
South Carolina Education Lottery (SCEL) began in 2002.
South Carolina is a member of the Multi-State Lottery
Association (MUSL), best known for Powerball. Like
most US lotteries, on January 31, 2010, it participated
in the cross-sell lottery expansion, adding Mega Millions.
pro wrestlers who have an interest to get involved
in gaming of the gambling variety include Jimmy "Superfly"
Snuka and "Rowdy" Roddy Piper. Snuka and
Piper also already in a number of traditional video
games. Kevin "Big Sexy" Nash from TNA and
NWO fame has some gambling links on his official website.
Rumors persist of PartyGaming
/ or Australia's NextGen Gaming developing an Andre
The Giant online slot game, which would be certain
to be a hit with punters down under in Australia,
and around the world. Andre toured Australia a number
of times including in the 70s and later in the mid
80's with the then World Wrestling Federation.
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Sunday Telegraph - 20th September 2009
Hogan still the showman at the age of 56 - The
Daily Telegraph - 22nd Sept 09
news media and general public warmly welcome Hulk
Hogan "down under" to Sydney, Australia
- September 2009
Man Australia public support of Hulk Hogan Hulkamania
tour of Australia via The
Baltimore Sun online
long as both Hulk Hogan and Ric Flair do some of their
signature moves have the in ring charisma, I think
the match up is still worth paying for. There will
only every be one Hulk Hogan and one Ric Flair, and
both are apparently prepared to put in all on the
line to entertain the fans while they still can, and
make a pay day in the process, which will help go
towards the massive expenses they have both endured
in the past few years. I think wrestling fans owe
it to the guys and themselves to pay to see the match.
You also can't blame them for wanting to have a working
holiday down under here in Australia, and make a pay
day and party with us Australians. Enjoy the match
up and take the opportunity to see both legends go
at while they can. Let's also see some technical wrestlers
and other entertaining talent get locked into the
card. Hulk and Flair, thanks for the memories over
the decades, and we look forward to seeing you do
your thing in Australia. Greg Tingle, founder and
director, Media Man Australia
The Sunday Telegraph - reader feedback - 20th September
will only ever be one Hulk Hogan, and one Ric Flair.
I think fans owe it to see and support living legends
such as The Hulk and "The Nature Boy" Ric
Flair, while they can still do their thing. Hogan,
Flair, Roddy Piper and the crew... thank you for the
memories. New talent also have their chance to shine
in the indy's, WWE feeder promotions and the WWE.
Hulkamania for ever. Hulkamania has indeed run wild
down under in Australia.
Bondi Beach #1 Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Roddy Piper
Daily Telegraph - reader feedback - 22nd September
Hogan, Ric Flair, Piper, Jake "The Snake"
Roberts, and too many more to list, thank you for
the memories. Hulk Hogan's legend lives on and is
alive and well down under in Australia. Australian's
appreciate Hulk's hard work over the years and his
own comeback of the decade. The way Hulk Hogan communicates
his real life story is ultra impressive, and its great
to see him putting in the hard yards, pounding the
pavement and jetting around Australia to let the Australian
public know that this upcoming tour is the real deal.
The entertainment industry has been fuelled considerably
by pro wrestling over the years, and guys like Hogan,
Flair and Piper carried it on their backs, with switched
on promoters at the likes of WWE, WCW and NWA kicking
it along. It appears that Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair, Jimmy
Hart and Eric Bishcoff and co are putting together
a great event here. For my money, having Hogan here
means the show has already began. The coverage in
the newspapers and Australian TV sure beats the hell
out of some of the other stuff passed off as "entertainment
news". Hulkamania forever. Wooooo! Just when
they think they have the answers, Hogan and Flair
change the questions.
Let the Battle Begin
Hogan VS Ric Flair
Anderson (formerly Mr Kennedy)
Fatu (known in WWE as Umaga)
Sean Morley (Val Venis)
"The Godfather" Wright
Warrior (known in WWE as Gangrel)
Hart (The Mouth Of The South)
Wrestlers and Arnold Schwarzenegger Gambling, Poker
Connection - 4th May 2009
Flair recently signed a deal to be a spokesperson
for the lottery in the Carolinas... The Shelby, NC
Star ran a story noting that Ric, David, and Reid
Flair are scheduled to appear on Saturday at the Rec
Center for a charity show to raise for the Shelby
City Parks and Police Department. If he attends this
would be Reid's first public appearance since his
arrest last weekend.
is of course totally the opposite direction to Jesse
Ventura's stance on gambling, at least publicly,"
notes Media Man,
made reference to Ventura's support of an online gambling
enterprise, BetUS.com, where he was a paid spokesperson
for more than two years. Interestingly enough, the
state of Minnesota for which Ventura served as Governor,
announced last week it will try to block access to
online gambling websites from citizens of that state.
there is California Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger,
a one time friend of both men, who reportedly would
support an initiative in his state to legalize online
November 2004, an advertisement began airing in California
featuring Ventura. In it, Ventura voices his opposition
to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's policies regarding
Native American casinos, the very casinos that stand
in the way of the proposed poker legislation. Schwarzenegger
and Ventura have not spoken in years, according to
September 2005, Ventura announced on The Mike Malloy
Show that he was leaving the U.S. and planned to "have
an adventure". In late October 2005, he went
on the The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch and reiterated
that he was leaving the U.S. due to, among other things,
censorship. He has since moved to Baja California,
Weight: 243 lbs.
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Finishing Move: Figure-four Leglock
Career Highlights: World Tag Team Champion; NWA Mid-Atlantic
Tag Team Champion (w/Rip Hawk, Greg Valentine &
Big John Studd); NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight; NWA
Mid-Atlantic TV Champion; NWA World Tag Team Champion
(w/Greg Valentine & Blackjack Mulligan); NWA Missouri
Heavyweight Champion; NWA/WCW United States Heavyweight
Championship; NWA/WCW Champion; WWE Champion
be a World Champion means you are the very best at
what you do. To earn the title on more than one occasion
is to be among the very best in sports entertainment.
To hold the Championship 16 times and still be one
of the biggest names in the business nearly three
decades after first setting foot in the ring, is to
earn a distinction that puts you in a category of
your own ... "Living Legend." All of this
--and more-- describes Ric Flair.
combination of flamboyance, athleticism and toughness
has made him a true legend. Whether he is "styling
and profiling", mixing it up in the ring or simply
lending his expertise at ringside, Flair's contribution
to this business is constant and his legend grows
every time he enters an arena. The respect for Flair
is boundless, not only do chants of "Woooo!"
rain from all corners of the arena every time he is
within sight of the fans, but every time a Superstar
--any Superstar -- chops an opponent, fans chant,
"Woooo!" in honor of Flair.
call Flair, "The Dirtiest Player in the Game."
Others refer to him as simply "The Nature Boy."
No matter what nickname he has earned, Flair is one
of the cagiest competitors to ever step in the ring
and it seems that the legend will continue to grow
for a long time to come. Along with Triple
H, Randy Orton and Batista, Flair is currently
enjoying a run as a member of Evolution, which could
be the most dominating partnership since the Four
Horsemen of the 1980s. More than 20 years after first
entering the ring, Flair continues to be at the top
of his game.
(Credit: WWE Official
Morgan Fliehr (born February 25, 1949) better known
by his ring name Ric Flair, is an American professional
wrestler signed to World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE)
on its SmackDown! brand, but also competes for the
RAW brand. Also known as "The Nature Boy,"
Flair is among the most well known wrestlers in the
world and has been one of wrestling's biggest stars
since the early 1980s. Flair is recognized by WWE
as a 16-time world champion, although his actual tally
of world championship reigns varies by source. In
World Championship Wrestling (WCW), he also had two
stints as a booker—from 1989-1990 and again
to WWE, Flair is an eight-time National Wrestling
Alliance (NWA) Champion, six-time WCW Champion and
two-time WWE Champion. He was also the winner of the
1992 Royal Rumble.
Flair was born on February 25, 1949. Various places
have been given for his birthplace; in his autobiography
Flair claims he was born in Memphis, Tennessee. His
birth name is not known due to a scandal at the Tennessee
Children's Home Society in Memphis. His adopted parents
named him Richard Fliehr.
a teen, Fliehr took a job as a lifeguard at a local
pool, where he received his first exposure to the
wrestling business when he met the legendary Vachon
brothers. In both 1966 and 1968, Fliehr won the state
private school wrestling championship; and he was
then recruited to the University of Minnesota on a
football scholarship, where he played alongside Greg
Gagne, the son of AWA kingpin Verne Gagne. Fliehr
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 Fliehr to Verne
Gagne, who agreed to take him on as a member of what
would be perhaps the single greatest training class
in wrestling history (in addition to Ric Flair and
Ken Patera, the group also included Greg Gagne, the
Iron Sheik, Jim Brunzell, and Bob Bruggers).
the tutelage of Verne Gagne and Billy Robinson, Fliehr
made fast progress; and in 1972, he made his debut,
battling George 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.
1975, Flair left the AWA for Jim Crockett's Mid-Atlantic
region in the National Wrestling Alliance; and he
soon captured his first title when, on February 8,
1975, he beat Paul Jones for the Mid-Atlantic TV Championship.
However, on October 4, 1975, 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 3 places; and at age 26, he was
told by doctors that he would never wrestle again.
However, Flair conducted a rigorous physical therapy
schedule; and he triumphantly returned to the ring
just 6 months later, where he resumed his now-legendary
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.
by Jim Crockett Jr. as his future top star, Ric 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). However, Flair would reach elite status
when he began referring to himself as “the Nature
Boy,” which incited a notorious 1978 feud with
the original “Nature Boy,” Buddy Rogers,
who put Flair over in a now-famous encounter.
World Heavyweight Championship (1981-1986)
on 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 would eventually establish 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 blonde
hair, elegant jewelry, designer suits, and elaborate
custom robes while dishing out his trademark chops
and feared Figure Four Leglock. All the while, Flair
taunted his opponents with his famous “Wooo!”
shout while boasting, and said many famous quotes
like “To be the man, you’ve got to beat
the man" and "and whether you like it or
not, learn to love it, ‘cause it’s the
best thing going today!”
Race won the title from Flair in 1983, but Flair regained
the title at StarrCade 1983 in Greensboro, North Carolina
in a steel cage match; afterwards, Race and Flair
would fight in many different matches in early 1984.
would go on to win the NWA title, officially, seven
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 18 days
later in Japan.
then reigned for two years, two months, and two days,
losing his title to Dusty Rhodes on July 26 at The
Great American Bash 1986; Dusty had been a notable
foe in Flair's career, and both men began a famous
feud with one another after Flair helped break Dusty's
leg on September 29, 1985. Flair regained the title
two weeks later. Flair would engage in many different
matches throughout his title reigns, and face many
opponents like Harley Race, Ricky
Steamboat, Roddy Piper, Kerry von Erich, Jay Youngblood,
Sting, Jimmy Garvin, Magnum T.A., and Dusty Rhodes
throughout his career as well.
the spring of 1985, the tag team of Ole Anderson &
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 heels 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 heel faction that had ever existed.
The four rulebreakers immediately used their strength
in numbers to decimate the NWA’s top fan favorites
while controlling the majority of the championship
titles; and over the years, there would be various
incarnations of the group, including Lex Luger, Barry
Windham, Dean Malenko, Chris Benoit, and even Sting.
Championship Wrestling (1986-1991)
1986, 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.
lost the NWA World Championship due to his flamboyant
ways in Detroit to Ron Garvin on September 25, 1987.
Garvin would hold the title for two months before
losing to Flair on November 26, 1987 at WCW's first
pay-per-vew event, Starrcade in Chicago, Illinois.
late 1988, booker Dusty Rhodes proposed that Flair
lose the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Rick
Steiner in a short match at StarrCade '88 when no
agreement could be met regarding the finish to the
scheduled main event between him and Lex Luger. Feeling
that Rhodes had always conspired to make him look
weak as champion, Flair refused, and threatened to
leave WCW if Rhodes was not removed as booker. Rhodes
was fired for various issues within the company, and
former JCP booker George Scott was given his role
immediately negotiated to bring in Ricky Steamboat
for a series of matches. On February 20, 1989 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." Following a best-of-three falls match with
Steamboat that lasted just short of the sixty-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, 1989, Flair regained
the title from Steamboat on May 7 at Wrestle War '89.
This match has been cited by many as one of the greatest
wrestling matches in history and was voted 1989's
"Match of the Year" by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.
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 through 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.
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 in what
the wrestling world at the time believed was a changing
of the guard. Flair was not finished winning NWA World
being unmasked as the Black Scorpion at Starrcade
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 Champion.
On March 21, 1991, Tatsumi Fujinami defeated Flair
in a controversial match in Tokyo. 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 in St. Petersburg, Florida
to reclaim the NWA title and retain the WCW title.
In doing so, he became an eight time NWA World Heavyweight
Champion, breaking Harley Race's record.
the summer 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",
a move that Kevin Sullivan equated with "changing
Mickey Mantle's (uniform) number" as an example
of unnecessarily altering a legend. Flair disagreed
with the proposals, and two weeks before the 1991
Great American Bash, Herd fired him. Flair's popularity
in WCW would be proven during his absence, as broadcasts
were often punctuated by unignorable chants of "We
Want Flair!" While Flair had left for the WWF
he was still recognized as the WCW World Champion
until July 1, 1991, when the title was officially
vacated. Though, the NWA does not recognize this entire
run as a whole as Flair had lost an NWA title bout
against Tatsumi Fujinami on March 21, 1991 in Japan
(in a non-WCW matchup). Flair then regained the NWA
title from Fujinami on May 19, 1991 on SuperBrawl
I (in a title fight according to NWA, but non-title
fight according to WCW), but since Fujinami was never
recognized by WCW to have beaten Flair before for
the Championship title and thus he was never recognized
as a WCW Champion, the title was then stripped from
Flair on July 1, 1991.
Wrestling Federation (1991-1993)
signed with the WWF in August 1991, and began appearing
on television the next month. Initially, he appeared
on WWF shows with the "Big Gold Belt", calling
himself "The Real World Heavyweight Champion."
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. The matter was settled later
that year, with Flair's deposit being returned to
him along with interest.
by his "financial advisor" Bobby Heenan
and his "executive consultant" Mr. Perfect,
Flair repeatedly issued challenges to WWF notables
like Roddy Piper and Hulk Hogan,
wrestling a team led by Piper at Survivor Series 1991
and helping The Undertaker
defeat Hogan for his WWF Title that same night.
the Royal Rumble 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
59 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. He also became the fifteenth man
to hold the WWF Championship.
a 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 at WrestleMania
VIII. Flair taunted Savage (Kayfabe) 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 sufficiently, an injury that
Flair exploited to regain the title in a match on
September 1. Due to an inner ear injury that affected
his equilibrium, his second reign would be short-lived,
as he lost the title to Bret Hart
on October 12.
teamed with Razor Ramon to take on Savage and Perfect
at the Survivor Series 1992.
Flair appeared in the Royal Rumble 1993. After losing
a Loser Leaves Town match to Mr. Perfect on an episode
of Monday Night Raw, Flair returned 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 and the Four Horsemen."
Championship Wrestling (1993-2001)
returned to WCW in February 1993, and hosted a short-lived
talk show in WCW called A Flair for the Gold. 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. Flair briefly held the NWA
World Heavyweight Championship for a tenth time before
WCW finally left the NWA in September 1993. After
WCW's withdrawal, however, the NWA dropped recognition
of Flair's tenth reign, leaving him with nine official
NWA World Heavyweight Title reigns.
planned to have Sid Vicious win the WCW World title
at Starrcade 1993, but Sid was fired after a violent
real-life altercation with Arn Anderson in London.
Flair was placed in the match, which was held in his
adopted hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. The
match was billed that if Flair lost, he would retire
from wrestling. The match would end with Flair using
a chop block and roll-up on the gigantic Vader to
win the title. The match was a huge success and used
to draw Hulk Hogan, who in Flair's book admitted he
cried while watching the match, into WCW.
June 1994, Flair defeated Sting in a unification match,
merging the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship
with the WCW World Championship. Flair later feuded
with Hulk Hogan upon Hogan's arrival in WCW in June
1994, losing the WCW World Championship to him in
July. Flair lost a retirement match to Hogan at Halloween
Havoc 1994. Flair 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
defeated Savage in a steel cage at SuperBrawl VI to
win the WCW World title, which saw Savage betrayed
by Elizabeth in favor of Flair. Flair even defeated
Konnan on July 7 at Bash at the Beach 1996 to win
the United States Championship. He vacated it in November
of that year due to an arm injury.
would play a major role in the New World Order storyline
in late 1996 and throughout 1997. He and the Horsemen
often took the lead in the war against Scott Hall,
Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan. Flair would feud 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 '97. Hennig punctuated the act by slamming
the cage door onto Flair's head.
April 1998, Flair became embroiled in a dispute with
WCW president Eric Bischoff when he failed to appear
at a televised event. Bischoff had placed Flair on
the show only three days prior, and Flair had earlier
requested time off on the same night to see his son,
Reid, wrestle in a Greco-Roman wrestling tournament.
He made a surprise return on September 14, 1998 to
ceremoniously reform the Four Horsemen (along with
Steve McMichael, Dean Malenko, and Chris Benoit) in
Greenville, South Carolina. During his return speech,
Flair would shoot on Bischoff, saying that Bischoff
did not care about the fans and kept shouting the
words "abuse of power" and "Fire me!
I'm already fired!"
feuded with Bischoff for several months afterward,
eventually winning the "Presidency of WCW"
from Bischoff. Ironically, (in kayfabe) this led Flair
to abuse his own power, even calling himself the President
of the United States by accident. He then made a WCW
title match with Hulk Hogan at Uncensored 1999, which
he won due to a biased referee in Charles Robinson.
Robinson would be nicknamed "Lil' Naitch,"
idolizing Flair and officiating all of Flair's matches
in his favor. Flair would win the WCW World Championship
twice during 2000, WCW's last full year of operation.
WCW was purchased by the WWF in March 2001, Flair
was the leader of the heel group called the Magnificent
Seven. During the final episode of Nitro, He gave
a powerful speech regarding the company's greatness.
Later in the night, Flair lost the final match in
Nitro history to Sting on March 26, 2001.
Wrestling Federation/Entertainment (2001-Present)
a hiatus from pro wrestling, Flair returned to the
WWF in November 2001 as the on-camera co-owner of
the company. Flair reappeared on RAW following the
end of the "WCW/ECW Invasion" that culminated
in a "Winner Take All" match at Survivor
Series 2001 won by the WWF.
new on-screen role was that of the co-owner of the
WWF, with the explanation that Shane and Stephanie
McMahon had sold him their stock in the company to
a consortium (namely Flair) prior to purchasing WCW
feud with Vince McMahon
led them to a match at the Royal Rumble 2002 in a
Street Fight, where Flair defeated McMahon. That match
was Ric Flair's first match since his return to the
WWF. Flair would also wrestle The Undertaker at WrestleMania
X8 (2002) where Flair would lose a bloody brawl. From
then, the "co-owner" angle would culminate
in early 2002, when the WWF was split into competing
"brands," with Flair taking control of the
RAW brand, while Vince 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
would later turn heel (then face, then heel again)
over the next two months, before joining Triple H's
"Evolution" stable. Flair won the World
Tag Team Championship with Batista twice in 2003-04.
Unforgiven 2005, Flair defeated Carlito for the Intercontinental
Championship, becoming the thirteenth Triple Crown
Champion in WWE history. He defended the title in
a feud with Triple H before losing it to Shelton Benjamin.
on February 20, 2006. 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 Mick
Foley that played off their legitimate past animosity.
Flair defeated Foley at SummerSlam in a "I Quit"
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. He would
become a victim of a conchairto by Rated-RKO and (kayfabe)
was just sent to the hospital on the November 27,
2006 edition of RAW. 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.
Flair would then become a team with Carlito after
Ric Flair said that Carlito had no heart. Ric Flair
defeated Carlito in a match after which Carlito realized
that Flair was right. Flair then became a mentor
of Carlito. The two faced off in a Money In the Bank
qualifying match which ended in a no contest after
The Great Khali attacked both men. Flair and Carlito
got a second chance in a Money In the Bank Triple
Threat qualifying match against Randy Orton, who won.Flair
and Carlito got yet another chance when they both
competed in a battle royal for Edge's spot, and Flair
appeared to have won the battle royal when Edge, who
had faked a knee injury earlier in the match, ran
into the ring and eliminated Flair.Flair and Carlito
faced off against Lance Cade and Trevor Murdoch in
a #1 contender's match for the World Tag Team Championship
but were defeated. After weeks of conflict between
Flair and Carlito, the team split up when Carlito
attacked Flair during a match. At WWE Judgment Day,
Ric Flair defeated Carlito with the Figure four leglock.
His career was put at risk following a match with
Randy Orton on June 4, 2007.
the 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
a six month absence, Flair returned to WWE programming
on the November 26 edition of RAW to announce that
he would "never retire". Mr. McMahon retaliated
by announcing that the next match Flair lost would
result in a forced retirement. Later in the night,
Ric Flair defeated Randy 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. On New Years Eve, 2007, Flair
faced Triple H in a "Win or Retire" match,
which Flair won after William Regal attacked Flair
with a set of brass knuckles, thus, Flair won the
match via disqualification.
his age, less-than-chiseled physique, and being past
his prime as a "main-eventer," Flair is
still a capable performer. Flair became over with
the crowd, often due to his in-ring antics, including
cheating ways (earning him the distinction of being
"the dirtiest player in the game"), his
trademark strut and his shouting of "Woooooo!"
While his charisma has never been in question, Flair's
moveset has become limited in recent years, mainly
punches, chops, back body drops and various devious
maneuvers. Some exceptions where he has stepped outside
this small package of moves include a Monday Night
RAW contest against Kurt Angle in June 2005, an Intercontinental
Championship match at Unforgiven 2005, and a Money
in the Bank ladder match at WrestleMania 22.
a tradition started by the vocal fans of Extreme Championship
Wrestling (ECW) and Shane Douglas during a time when
the WCW management and Flair was thought to be unjustly
holding a large amount of wrestlers down, anytime
a wrestler delivered a hard back hand chop to the
chest of his opponent, fans yelled "Woooooo!"
to mock Flair, whose knife edge chops often made his
opponent's chest raw or even bloody. This tradition
long outlived any controversy, as it was meant to
protest and has carried over to WWE and almost all
other North American promotions. The chant has since
become a tribute to Flair.
the late 1970s, he has worn ornate fur-lined robes
of many colors with sequins, 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 Odyssey).
in 2003, WWE released a three-DVD retrospective of
Flair's career (focusing mainly on his career prior
to 1993), The Ultimate Ric Flair Collection. It became
WWE's fastest-selling video package up to that time.
May 19, 2003, 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, 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 tribute.
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!"
2004, Flair engaged in an off-screen rivalry with
Bret Hart, in which both claimed
to be the best wrestler of all time and accused each
other of performing the same routines in most of their
matches. In Flair's autobiography, Flair criticizes
Hart over exploiting the death of his brother, Owen
Hart, and the controversy surrounding the Montreal
Screwjob. Flair also makes mention in his biography
that he personally "never saw dollar signs"
on Bret Hart in reference to what he claims as Bret
being a poor draw in the United States.
has had a long running feud with Shane Douglas. Douglas
accused Flair of sabotaging his push in the NWA/WCW
after getting a solid push and a rub from his tag
team partner Ricky Steamboat. Flair, in turn, would
respond 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.
has also had issues with Mick Foley. In his 1999 autobiography
Have a Nice Day!, Foley said that "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
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."
2006, the two men got involved in an on-screen feud
on WWE television regarding their past, despite Foley's
statement on his blog on WWE.com that the two have
come to an understanding in real life and are on good
terms with each other now.
does not know his full birth name. 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 Phillips,
Fred Demaree, and Fred Stewart. The chapter title
is a reference to the fact that the Tennessee Children's
Home Society, the agency with which he was placed
for adoption, was revealed in 1950 to have fraudulently
induced thousands of mothers to give up their children
for adoption. The future Ric Flair was adopted when
he was six weeks old by a physician (father), Richard
Reid Fliehr, and a theater writer (mother), Kathleen
Virginia Kinsmiller. At the time of his adoption,
his father was completing a residency in gynecology
in Detroit. Shortly afterwards, the family settled
in Edina, Minnesota, where the young Richard Fliehr
lived throughout his childhood. He later attended
Wayland Academy, a coeducational boarding school in
Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
son David Flair was also a professional wrestler.
Flair's younger son Reid Flair is an accomplished
high school wrestler and made several appearances
on WCW television along with his sister Ashley and
half-sister Megan. Flair is not related to the Andersons,
though he was billed as their cousin in the various
NWA territories and WCW.
December 2005, a magistrate issued arrest warrants
for Flair after a road rage incident that took place
in Charlotte, North Carolina, 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. The charges were dropped
after the witnesses failed to show for a scheduled
is sometimes seen attending the Carolina Hurricanes
NHL ice hockey games at the RBC Center in Raleigh,
North Carolina. When the Hurricanes score, one of
a couple of videos appears on the scoreboard. One
shows Flair in a Hurricanes jersey saying, "That's
another Carolina Hurricanes goal! Woooooo!" Flair
is also seen in the open segments of every Carolina
Panthers home game. He ends his segment with his trademark
"Woooooo" in which the crowd usually imitates.
Flair is also a big fan of the South Carolina Gamecocks,
and has appeared in the pregame video for the Gamecocks.
has appeared in several motion pictures including:
The Wrestler (1974) and Sting: Moment of Truth (2004).
became a grandfather in 2004 when his eldest daughter,
Megan Fliehr-Ketzner, gave birth to her first child,
a daughter named Morgan Lee Ketzner on May 9.
May 27, 2006, Ric married his third wife, fitness
competitor Tiffany VanDemark.
September 2007, Flair opened a financial business
called Ric Flair Finance.
son, Reid Fliehr, has signed a developmental contract
Flair has declared his support for the Republican
presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.
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."
in one WWE Magazine issue, Ric Flair said that he
may run for Governor of North Carolina. (Credit:
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