Ric Flair, also known as “The Nature Boy”, is considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time with a career that spans more than 41 years.
Through his career as a professional wrestler, The Nature Boy is 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).
The unmistakable strut and The… “Woooooooo!” Ric Flair is one of a kind. Here is a look at the 3 Ric Flair matches you have to see.
ROYAL RUMBLE (1992)
For the first time in WWE history, a title shot in the main event at WrestleMania was not at stake in the Royal Rumble Match, but rather the vacant WWE Championship itself. “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair entered the Royal Rumble as the third entrant at the age of 42 and outlasted Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Sid Justice and “Macho Man” Randy Savage to win the match and the title, his first reign with that title.
RIC FLAIR VS. TERRY FUNK (CLASH OF CHAMPIONS IX)
This might be the greatest story Flair has ever told, as he showed a level of heart we hadn’t seen before. Despite vowing to never quit, after being locked in The Figure Four for nearly a minute, he was forced to surrender. Funk had promised he would shake Ric Flair’s hand, which he did to the chagrin to Gary Hart, Funk’s manager. Flair made the save and a melee took place between Hart’s other charges Great Muta, The Dragon Master, Luger, Flair, Sting, and Funk.
Funk brought out something different in Flair, and all of us were the better for it. This match is among both men’s greatest matches ever and fans took notice – the event drew a 4.9 cable television rating on TBS, the highest a Clash had done since the third edition.
Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, (WrestleWar 1989)
WrestleWar 1989: Music City Showdown took place on May 7, 1989, in Nashville, TN. It was the conclusion of Steamboat and Flair’s 1989 feud and still is one of the greatest examples of pure wrestling you will ever see. Together with Steamboat, Flair was poetry and this match is the foundation for which many people began their wrestling careers.
The match at WrestleWar was billed as Flair’s last chance, meaning this was his last shot at Steamboat. To keep it a clean fight, Terry Funk, Pat O’Connor and Lou Thesz, all former NWA champions, were to be judges at ringside. After nearly 30 minutes of action, Flair used an inside cradle off Steamboat’s slam to get the win and take the title. It was Flair’s sixth world title.
After all these years, it’s still the benchmark all matches are held to. Voted 1989’s Match of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated, it’s 31 and a half minutes of perfection.