History Wrestling / RicFlair

17th Sep '17 8:13:43 PM willemdafriendo
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->"If wrestling can be considered an art form, then he is using oils, and the many others merely water colors."

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->"If ->''"If wrestling can be considered an art form, then he is using oils, and the many others merely water colors.""''
15th Sep '17 10:34:07 AM willemdafriendo
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** Flair's daughter Ashley (now billed as Charlotte Flair)note Ric is billed from Charlotte, North Carolina is a former NXT Women's Champion and WWE Divas Champion, as well as a four-time WWE Raw Women's Champion. (The Raw Women's Championship is actually the WWE Women's Championship: the 2016 brand split took place during her first reign. During her second reign, the title was rechristened the Raw Women's Championship after the ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown]]'' Women's Championship was created.) She turned out to be the second-generation Flair who made it in this business.

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** Flair's daughter Ashley (now billed as Charlotte Flair)note Ric is billed from Charlotte, North Carolina Flair) is a former NXT Women's Champion and WWE Divas Champion, as well as a four-time WWE Raw Women's Champion. (The Raw Note that the ''Raw'' Women's Championship is actually the WWE Women's Championship: the 2016 brand split took place during her first reign. During her second reign, the title was rechristened the Raw Women's Championship after the ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown]]'' Women's Championship was created.) She turned out to be the second-generation Flair who made it in this business.
5th Sep '17 12:01:40 PM willemdafriendo
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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Flair is probably the ultimate "chameleon wrestler," able to smoothly transition from "face" to "heel" depending on who he's facing. When Hogan turned heel and joined the New World Order, Flair and his Horsemen saw the light and became good guys—and a chief obstacle to the nWo

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* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Flair is probably the ultimate "chameleon wrestler," able to smoothly transition from "face" to "heel" depending on who he's facing. When Hogan turned heel and joined the New World Order, Flair and his Horsemen saw Hogan did have a match at WCW's ''Clash of Champions'' five days after Hogan won the light title at ''Hog Wild''. It was a very cool dynamic seeing a babyface Ric Flair and became good guys—and a chief obstacle to the nWoHollywood Hogan go at it.
2nd Sep '17 6:32:40 PM willemdafriendo
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* IdenticalStranger:
** Charles Robinson, a referee currently signed with WWE, makes a far more [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoLs7fBGDz4 convincing]] Heir to Flair than any of Ric's sons. This was very evident back in '98, when Robinson was calling David Flair's matches. It's also funny for a different reason: the older Flair gets, the more noticeable it is that Robinson doesn't age. Dude's a robot.
** A lifelong fan of the Nature Boy, Robinson's career is closely intertwined with the family, making him something of an honorary Flair. He was first introduced as the Horsemen's "crooked referee", and even wrestled under a gimmick where he WAS a Mini-Me of Ric Flair. He dropped the Heel Ref angle once he joined up with WWE. He could also be seen officiating Charlotte's title match in ''[[{{Wrestling/WWENXT}} NXT]]''.

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* IdenticalStranger:
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IdenticalStranger: Charles Robinson, a referee currently signed with WWE, WWE. A lifelong fan of the Nature Boy, Robinson's career is closely intertwined with the family, making him something of an honorary Flair. He was first introduced as the Horsemen's "crooked referee", and even wrestled under a gimmick where he WAS a Mini-Me of Ric Flair. That's because he makes a far more [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EoLs7fBGDz4 convincing]] Heir to Flair than any of Ric's sons. This was very evident back in '98, when Robinson was calling David Flair's matches. It's Later, when Flair was carried out on a stretcher following the incident with the crowbar (DDP reversed it on him), David pretended to cry, but Robinson was WEEPING. Because he is great. (It's also funny for a different reason: the older Flair gets, the more noticeable it is that Robinson doesn't age. Dude's a robot.
** A lifelong fan of the Nature Boy, Robinson's career is closely intertwined with the family, making him something of an honorary Flair. He was first introduced as the Horsemen's "crooked referee", and even wrestled under a gimmick where he WAS a Mini-Me of Ric Flair.
robot.) He dropped the Heel Ref angle once he joined up with WWE. He could also be seen officiating Charlotte's title match in ''[[{{Wrestling/WWENXT}} NXT]]''.
2nd Sep '17 6:21:52 PM willemdafriendo
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* TheCasanova: His entourage. He's famous for his ability to draw women for years and years. In his younger days, Flair's trash talk would invariably end in promises to "take your momma for a ride on Space Mountain, fat boy! WOOOOOOOOO!" (At ''Halloween Havoc'' '99, Kimberly Page mentioned that she invited David Flair to a hotel room, and Ric showed up to get touchy with [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP's]] wife.)

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* TheCasanova: TheCasanova:
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His entourage. He's famous for his ability to draw women for years and years. In his younger days, Flair's trash talk would invariably end in promises to "take your momma for a ride on Space Mountain, fat boy! WOOOOOOOOO!" (At WOOOOOOOOO!"
** At
''Halloween Havoc'' '99, Kimberly Page mentioned that she invited David Flair to a hotel room, and Ric showed up to get touchy with [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP's]] wife.)wife. Later that evening, as Ric is beating the crap out of Wrestling/EddieGuerrero with the crowbar, Wrestling/TorrieWilson tries to stop Flair and gets forcibly kissed for her efforts. But she smiles afterward so it's okay!
2nd Sep '17 6:19:52 PM willemdafriendo
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* TheCasanova: His entourage. He's famous for his ability to draw women for years and years. In his younger days, Flair's trash talk would invariably end in promises to "take your momma for a ride on Space Mountain, fat boy! WOOOOOOOOO!"

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* TheCasanova: His entourage. He's famous for his ability to draw women for years and years. In his younger days, Flair's trash talk would invariably end in promises to "take your momma for a ride on Space Mountain, fat boy! WOOOOOOOOO!"WOOOOOOOOO!" (At ''Halloween Havoc'' '99, Kimberly Page mentioned that she invited David Flair to a hotel room, and Ric showed up to get touchy with [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP's]] wife.)
2nd Sep '17 10:34:19 AM willemdafriendo
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* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Jimmy Garvin (NWA) losing a match to Ric Flair, which meant that his wife "Precious" had to go on a dream date with Flair.
1st Sep '17 10:07:53 AM willemdafriendo
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* AwesomeButImpractical: The Figure Four. It usually got broken and often reversed. Of course, the reality is that it was a fantastic move for building tension, and the old-school "psychology" of damaging a limb and then returning to it later.



** Being the Champ so much, and primarily a heel who went out of his way to make people hate him, inevitably led to having a '''LOT''' of guys lining up to beat up Flair. In ''Inside Wrestling's'' "100 Greatest Wrestlers of the Century" special issue from Summer 2000, the photos for Wrestling/JerryLawler, Lex Luger, Wrestling/RoddyPiper, Wrestling/RickySteamboat and Wrestling/{{Sting}} are all of them battling Flair. Sting and Luger are also included in the "Best of the 1990s" special color section, and the photos for them are ''also'' of them beating on Flair. The photo for Flair is of him about to chop Rick Steiner, who, as per his usual, [[NoSell doesn't look too interested in selling it.]]

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** Being the Champ so much, and primarily a heel {{heel}} who went out of his way to make people hate him, inevitably led to having a '''LOT''' of guys lining up to beat up Flair. In ''Inside Wrestling's'' "100 Greatest Wrestlers of the Century" special issue from Summer 2000, the photos for Wrestling/JerryLawler, Lex Luger, Wrestling/RoddyPiper, Wrestling/RickySteamboat and Wrestling/{{Sting}} are all of them battling Flair. Sting and Luger are also included in the "Best of the 1990s" special color section, and the photos for them are ''also'' of them beating on Flair. The photo for Flair is of him about to chop Rick Steiner, who, as per his usual, [[NoSell doesn't look too interested in selling it.]]



* FinishingMove: The Figure Four Leglock.

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* FinishingMove: The Well, he was a heel and it was the 70's and 80's. Every match would end in bullshit heel antics, DQ's, countouts, literally just holding someone down after a double leg takedown for a pin was common. It was a different time where you didn't really need to use the same move to finish every match. That said, the Figure Four Leglock.Leglock was the signature Flair spot he often won with. He beat Wrestling/ChrisJericho with the figure four at ''Summerslam'' '02 and Vince [=McMahon=] at the '02 Royal Rumble. That may have been the most effective year in the history of the figure four. Jericho actually says in his book that he had to convince Flair to allow him to tap out to the move. (To be fair, Wrestling/TheMiz rarely beat anyone with it either. So, the legacy lives on.)



** The Figure Four. He did beat lots of people with it back in the day, especially {{jobber}}s during the buildup to a feud with some [[{{Face}} babyface]]. They had to establish that the Figure Four was a death sentence, so that it was a big deal when the champ finally reversed it. (When he beat a name opponent with the Figure Four it was usually by pinfall, after they'd been KO'd by chicanery.) As time goes on, though, any wrestling move starts to get taken for granted, and stops being impressive on its own. Especially after enough babyfaces counter it for the big win. So after a while, the Figure 4 went from "''OMG he just broke that guy's leg''" to basically a rest hold which started being countered all the time. Ric says the same on just about every podcast, uncertain why anyone would use the move, since he can't remember winning a single match with the Figure Four himself.



** The random passing of the Figure Four from Flair... to Wrestling/TheMiz. Made worse after it was rumored that the original plan, which Flair had been lobbying towards for awhile, was for Flair to be managing Wrestling/DolphZiggler. Don't forget that Ric also pitched himself as Cesaro's manager.

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** The random passing of the Figure Four from Flair... to Wrestling/TheMiz. The Miz. Made worse after it was rumored that the original plan, which Flair had been lobbying towards for awhile, was for Flair to be managing Wrestling/DolphZiggler. Don't forget that Ric also pitched himself as Cesaro's manager.
1st Sep '17 9:48:21 AM willemdafriendo
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The Man. Slick Ric. Dirtiest Player in the Game. Naitch. The sixteen-time World Heavyweight Champion, and a '''LIMOUSINE-RIDIN', JET-FLYIN', WHEELIN', DEALIN', KISS-STEALIN' '''— '''''WOOOOO!''''' — '''SON-OF-A-GUN!'''

In the world of [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]], there are superstars, there are legends... and then there's Ric Flair. With a career spanning four decades, 22 World Heavyweight Title reigns across three companies, legendary matches and feuds with some of the biggest names in the business, and a retirement sendoff that will never be duplicated in scope or emotional impact on the fans, Flair (real name Richard Morgan Fliehr, born 1949) is one of the most famous wrestlers who has ever lived, and the 80s equivalent of The Rock or Hulk Hogan.

He was the leader of Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen, and the voice of {{Wrestling/Evolution}}. He put Wrestling/DustyRhodes and his family through "hard times, daddy!" He worked in the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]], [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]], and {{Wrestling/WCW}}, then joined {{Wrestling/WWE}} following a Should-Have-Been-Career-Ending plane crash (which he miraculously survived). He is the only man to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame not once, but twice! He is the last surviving star of the old school era, and has stayed relevant in the modern era. He's the reason behind the "Wooo!" chants every time a wrestler chops someone. He has truly done it all.

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The Man. Slick Ric. Dirtiest Player in the Game. Naitch. The sixteen-time World Heavyweight Champion, and a '''LIMOUSINE-RIDIN', Champion... '''AND A LIMOUSINE-RIDIN', JET-FLYIN', WHEELIN', DEALIN', KISS-STEALIN' '''— '''''WOOOOO!''''' — '''SON-OF-A-GUN!'''

In the world of [[ProfessionalWrestling pro wrestling]], there are superstars, there are legends... and then there's Ric Flair. With a career spanning four decades, 22 World Heavyweight Title reigns across three companies, legendary matches and feuds with some of the biggest names in the business, and a retirement sendoff that will never be duplicated in scope or emotional impact on the fans, Flair (real name Richard Morgan Fliehr, born 1949) is one of the most famous wrestlers who has ever lived, and the 80s [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]] equivalent of The Rock or Hulk Hogan.

He was the leader of Wrestling/TheFourHorsemen, and the voice of {{Wrestling/Evolution}}. He put Wrestling/DustyRhodes and his family through "hard times, daddy!" He worked in the [[Wrestling/AmericanWrestlingAssociation AWA]], [[Wrestling/NationalWrestlingAlliance NWA]], NWA, and {{Wrestling/WCW}}, then joined {{Wrestling/WWE}} following a Should-Have-Been-Career-Ending plane crash (which he miraculously survived). He is the only man to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame not once, but twice! He is the last surviving star of the old school era, and has stayed relevant in the modern era. He's the reason behind the "Wooo!" chants every time a wrestler chops someone. He has truly done it all.
1st Sep '17 9:29:22 AM willemdafriendo
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* Pretender Diss: While endlessly on the hunt for the "next" Nature Boy, he has no time for losers who ape his style without his blessing. He more or less said 'Prepare to die' at Abyss after he was given a WWE Hall Of Fame Ring.

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* Pretender Diss: PretenderDiss: While endlessly on the hunt for the "next" Nature Boy, he has no time for losers who ape his style without his blessing. He more or less said 'Prepare to die' at Abyss after he was given a WWE Hall Of Fame Ring.



* RealMenWearPink: He wore a brand-new, sparkly, befeathered, occasionally-pink ring robe to each big event (we're talking pink, here; he should've driven to the ring in a Barbie Dream Car). Each robe was custom-made and cost more than the previous one, eventually totaling at $5000 a pop--And yet he still manages to look masculine. [[[https://40.media.tumblr.com/c61cc55a7a686b900c1f4bfd00e81531/tumblr_n6c72gnnxS1qfotvwo1_1280.jpg Here]] is the famous photo of Sherri trying one on of his robes. It's funny since they were both such flamboyant dressers.

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* RealMenWearPink: He wore a brand-new, sparkly, befeathered, occasionally-pink ring robe to each big event (we're talking pink, here; he should've driven to the ring in a Barbie Dream Car). Each robe was custom-made and cost more than the previous one, eventually totaling at $5000 a pop--And yet he still manages to look masculine. [[[https://40.media.tumblr.com/c61cc55a7a686b900c1f4bfd00e81531/tumblr_n6c72gnnxS1qfotvwo1_1280.[[http://i.imgur.com/il256La.jpg Here]] is the famous photo of Sherri trying one on of his robes. It's funny since they were both such flamboyant dressers.



* TheatricsOfPain: If he wanted you to believe he was in pain, he would make you believe it. \Flair could probably out-sell Redd Foxx's heart attacks.

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* TheatricsOfPain: If he wanted you to believe he was in pain, he would make you believe it. \Flair Flair could probably out-sell Redd Foxx's heart attacks.



** Flair's daughter Ashley (now billed as Charlotte Flair)note Ric is billed from Charlotte, North Carolina is a former NXT Women's Champion and WWE Divas Champion, as well as a four-time WWE Raw Women's Champion. (The Raw Women's Championship is actually the WWE Women's Championship: the 2016 brand split took place during her first reign. During her second reign, the title was rechristened the Raw Women's Championship after the SmackDown Women's Championship was created.) She turned out to be the second-generation Flair who made it in this business.

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** Flair's daughter Ashley (now billed as Charlotte Flair)note Ric is billed from Charlotte, North Carolina is a former NXT Women's Champion and WWE Divas Champion, as well as a four-time WWE Raw Women's Champion. (The Raw Women's Championship is actually the WWE Women's Championship: the 2016 brand split took place during her first reign. During her second reign, the title was rechristened the Raw Women's Championship after the SmackDown ''[[Wrestling/WWESmackDown SmackDown]]'' Women's Championship was created.) She turned out to be the second-generation Flair who made it in this business.
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