History Wrestling / RicFlair

19th Feb '18 11:42:08 AM SomeoneElse17
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** Flair turned on Sting more times than almost humanly possible. He turned on Vader, Mr. Perfect, Randy Orton, Batista, and even turned on fellow Horsemen Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko, in a way, with his David-centric behavior. Perhaps the most triumphant example of this trope, though, was during the 1992 Royal Rumble, when he gave The Barbarian a high-five, circled around in front of him and immediately gave him a knife-edge chop. Raised to funny by commentator Wrestling/BobbyHeenan, who had previously managed Barbarian, pleading with Ric not to turn on Barbarian.

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** Flair turned on Sting more times than almost humanly possible. He turned on Vader, Mr. Perfect, Randy Orton, Batista, and even turned on alienated fellow Horsemen Chris Benoit and Dean Malenko, in a way, Malenko with his David-centric behavior. Perhaps the most triumphant example of this trope, though, was during the 1992 Royal Rumble, when he gave The Barbarian a high-five, circled around in front of him and immediately gave him a knife-edge chop. Raised to funny by commentator Wrestling/BobbyHeenan, who had previously managed Barbarian, pleading with Ric not to turn on Barbarian.



* FlungClothing Some of his promos towards the end of WCW would see him rip off his suit until he was down to his underwear... and to add salt to the would, he would drop elbows on his suit jacket. According to pretty much everyone, Flair was fond of doing this while partying too.

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* FlungClothing FlungClothing: Some of his promos towards the end of WCW would see him rip off his suit until he was down to his underwear... and to add salt to the would, he would drop elbows on his suit jacket. According to pretty much everyone, Flair was fond of doing this while partying too.
30th Dec '17 10:22:09 PM AriRockefeller
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* FullFrontalAssault: Threatened Eric Bischoff at the end of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_3jW_0jnzc his "You're the man!" promo]] (the one where he stripped himself down to his boxers, discarded a whole bunch of his [[ConspicuousConsumption fully customized items of clothing]], and handcuffed himself to the ring ropes).[[note]]General consensus from everyone watching, past, present, and future, is that ''Ric wasn't bluffing.''[[/note]] Just before the cut to commercial, Ric Flair practically rips the mic out of Mean Gene's hands:
-->'''Ric''': BISCHOFF! YOU TURN THE CAMERA OFF, AND I'LL BE NAKED WHEN YOU COME BACK!
28th Dec '17 4:33:08 PM KYCubbie
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* BadassGrandpa: Ric Flair will be wrestling the Pharaohs of whatever civilization comes after ours. As AJ Styles intimated, Ric Flair may be older than him but acts younger: He's near 70 with admitted alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and still getting tossed out of bars, going to bed later than AJ, getting up earlier, doing the same stuff he was doing 30-40 years ago, and still finding time for the gym...while on the road. After he broke his back at age 26, he started working a much safer style; one would imagine it helped keep him much lower on the concussion count than many of his peers. It's hard to remember (what with his leaps from the top rope always failing), but one of Ric Flair's quirks when he was NWA Champion was to flip over the top rope to the apron after being Irish Whipped. In some ways he displayed more agility when he was older, namely by adding a roll to his jumping knee drop after connecting.

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* BadassGrandpa: Ric Flair will be wrestling the Pharaohs of whatever civilization comes after ours. As AJ Styles Wrestling/AJStyles intimated, Ric Flair may be older than him but acts younger: He's near 70 with admitted alcoholic cardiomyopathy, and still getting tossed out of bars, going to bed later than AJ, getting up earlier, doing the same stuff he was doing 30-40 years ago, and still finding time for the gym...while on the road. After he broke his back at age 26, he started working a much safer style; one would imagine it helped keep him much lower on the concussion count than many of his peers. It's hard to remember (what with his leaps from the top rope always failing), but one of Ric Flair's quirks when he was NWA Champion was to flip over the top rope to the apron after being Irish Whipped. In some ways he displayed more agility when he was older, namely by adding a roll to his jumping knee drop after connecting.



* BadassNormal: Unlike some of his most famous opponents, he didn't possess super-strength (Luger, Sting, Hogan) or fly off the top much (Steamboat, Sting.) He instead was just the greatest wrestler of his era.

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* BadassNormal: Unlike some of his most famous opponents, he didn't possess super-strength (Luger, Sting, Hogan) or fly off the top much (Steamboat, Sting.) Sting). He instead was just the greatest wrestler of his era.



** Don't you dare take wrestling lightly, as [[Wrestling/CarlitoColon Carlito]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FStT_VIdW0c found out]]. Imitating him without his permission (Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, Wrestling/JayLethal) or being a [[GarbageWrestling garbage wrestler]] (Wrestling/MickFoley) also does the trick. (Somewhat hypocritical from the guy who wore a {{fat suit}} and Stetson hat to impersonate Dusty.)

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** Don't you dare take wrestling lightly, as [[Wrestling/CarlitoColon Carlito]] Wrestling/{{Carlito|Colon}} [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FStT_VIdW0c found out]]. Imitating him without his permission (Wrestling/VinceMcMahon, Wrestling/JayLethal) or being a [[GarbageWrestling garbage wrestler]] (Wrestling/MickFoley) also does the trick. (Somewhat hypocritical from the guy who wore a {{fat suit}} and Stetson hat to impersonate Dusty.)



** 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. 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!

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** At ''Halloween Havoc'' '99, Kimberly Page Page, wife of [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP]], mentioned that she invited David Flair to a hotel room, and Ric showed up to get touchy with [[Wrestling/DiamondDallasPage DDP's]] wife.her. 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!



** "TIME TO RIDE SPACE MOUNTAIN!" (For years, Ric has famously for years called [[ICallHimMisterHappy his penis]] "Space Mountain".)

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** "TIME TO RIDE SPACE MOUNTAIN!" (For years, Ric has famously for years called [[ICallHimMisterHappy his penis]] "Space Mountain".)
23rd Dec '17 3:32:29 AM KYCubbie
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--->'''Wrestling/ScottSteiner: Mean, WOO, Gene! I'm a limo riding, jet flying, backstabbing son of a bitch!
** Fourtune. He formed them specifically to be his future expy of the Horsemen motivated by taking back prominence in the company they helped build, but then as soon as that purpose turned them against Hulk Hogan's blatant new-generation nWo ripoff, he would show that for him it's all about the power.

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--->'''Wrestling/ScottSteiner: --->'''Wrestling/ScottSteiner:''' Mean, WOO, Gene! I'm a limo riding, jet flying, backstabbing son of a bitch!
** Fourtune. He formed them specifically to be his future expy of the Horsemen motivated by taking back prominence in the company they helped build, but then as soon as that purpose turned them against Hulk Hogan's blatant new-generation nWo [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] ripoff, he would show that for him it's all about the power.



** Anybody who calls himself God in dead seriousness is probably an example. But really, no-one, including the [=McMahons=], thinks that Ric Flair will stay on topic. That's part of his charm.

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** Anybody who calls himself God in dead seriousness is probably an example. But really, no-one, no one, including the [=McMahons=], thinks that Ric Flair will stay on topic. That's part of his charm.



** One of Nitro's more eccentric performers, a guy named Mongo, used to carry his little dog Pepe to matches. When Pepe started yapping at Flair, what he did he do? SNARLED RIGHT BACK.
** Under VinceRusso's booking, Flair's character turned into this. He did a few vignettes about his stay in a mental institution and would soon by booked to look like a senile old man; stripping off his clothes and humiliating himself until Roddy Piper came out to walk him backstage. it didn't last long and was very hard to watch.

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** One of Nitro's more eccentric performers, a guy named Mongo, Steve [=McMichael=] (nicknamed "Mongo" since his days with the [[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague Chicago Bears]]), used to carry his little dog Pepe to matches. When Pepe started yapping at Flair, what he did he do? SNARLED RIGHT BACK.
** Under VinceRusso's Wrestling/VinceRusso's booking, Flair's character turned into this. He did a few vignettes about his stay in a mental institution and would soon by booked to look like a senile old man; stripping off his clothes and humiliating himself until Roddy Piper came out to walk him backstage. it didn't last long and was very hard to watch.



* ComplimentBackfire: Calling Austin Aries a fair hand who ''might'' become another Shawn Michaels or Nature Boy while Flair was trying to put over Wrestling/RingOfHonor and HD Net. Aries believed he was already that good and that notable.

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* ComplimentBackfire: Calling Austin Aries Wrestling/AustinAries a fair hand who ''might'' become another Shawn Michaels or Nature Boy while Flair was trying to put over Wrestling/RingOfHonor and HD Net. Aries believed he was already that good and that notable.



** Flair and Dusty teamed up in the 1980s against Dick Slater and a heel-turned Chief Wahoo [=McDaniel.=]

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** Flair and Dusty teamed up in the 1980s against Dick Slater and a heel-turned Chief Wahoo [=McDaniel.=][=McDaniel=].



* TheFightingNarcissist: The original Narcissist of wrestling might have been "Natural Guy" Buddy Rogers, which, at the time was not so much its own gimmick as it was a subversion of the original Gorgeous George, real name George Wagner. Buddy looked and acted similarly, but instead of any suggestions toward homosexuality, he outraged audiences with his obliviously inflated ego, such as his insistence his bleached head was naturally that way. 30 years later, Rogers was succeeded by a rubber-faced blond who dressed like Elton John, but added on claims of having a ludicrous fortune and lady-killing record, paying tribute to both Gorgeous George and the more recent narcissist gimmick.

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* TheFightingNarcissist: The original Narcissist of wrestling might have been "Natural Guy" "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, which, at the time was not so much its own gimmick as it was a subversion of the original Gorgeous George, real name George Wagner.Wrestling/GeorgeWagner. Buddy looked and acted similarly, but instead of any suggestions toward homosexuality, he outraged audiences with his obliviously inflated ego, such as his insistence his bleached head was naturally that way. 30 years later, Rogers was succeeded by a rubber-faced blond who dressed like Elton John, but added on claims of having a ludicrous fortune and lady-killing record, paying tribute to both Gorgeous George and the more recent narcissist gimmick.



* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: Best known for cheating and gurning and flopping around, Flair was a really good technical wrestler...when he felt like showing it.

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* ForgotFlandersCouldDoThat: Best known for cheating and gurning and flopping around, Flair was a really good technical wrestler... when he felt like showing it.



* GroinAttack: Pretty much every heel during Flair's heyday used the Low Blow. Flair turned it into an art form. What else do you expect from someone known as "The Dirtiest Player In The Game"?
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Flair is probably the ultimate "chameleon wrestler," able to smoothly transition from "face" to "heel" depending on who he's facing. Flair and Hogan did have a match at WCW's ''Clash of Champions'' five days after Hogan won the title at ''Hog Wild''. It was a very cool dynamic seeing a babyface Ric Flair and Hollywood Hogan go at it.

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* GroinAttack: Pretty much every heel during Flair's heyday used the Low Blow. Flair turned it into an art form. What else do you expect from someone known as "The Dirtiest Player In The in the Game"?
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Flair is probably the ultimate "chameleon wrestler," wrestler", able to smoothly transition from "face" to "heel" depending on who he's facing. Flair and Hogan did have a match at WCW's ''Clash of Champions'' five days after Hogan won the title at ''Hog Wild''. It was a very cool dynamic seeing a babyface Ric Flair and Hollywood Hogan go at it.



* IAintGotTimeToBleed: The collective weight of his newfound fortune caused his personal chartered jet to crash, breaking his back in three places. But this accident uncovered his hidden talent, one that would allow Flair to stay in the wrestling business long past his time; he could bleed continuously with little ill effects.

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* IAintGotTimeToBleed: The collective weight of his newfound fortune caused his personal chartered jet to crash, breaking his back in three places. But this accident uncovered his hidden talent, one that would allow Flair to stay in the wrestling business long past his time; time: he could bleed continuously with little ill effects.



** In the 90s, the Flair kids made a one-shot appearance on Nitro. It moved the needle, so the company decided to hire David on full-time. But WCW being WCW, they never bothered to send him to the Power Plant (their training facility) in Georgia, they just threw a shag robe on him and blared Also Sprach Zarathustra. At the Georgia Dome in July 1999, they literally handed the U.S. Title to David Flair, still so untrained that he couldn't even run the ropes yet. (It's like when they add a new child to a family sitcom to spice things up. Beginning of the end.) His incompetence became a joke, with even Ric expressing "disappointment" in him in kayfabe. David in the WCW Hardcore division was alright: his team-up with Crowbar ({{Kayfabe}} sucky guys taking beatings for our amusement) and Daffney was a highlight of the crumbling WCW. David was awful, but he was honestly presented as awful.

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** In the 90s, the Flair kids made a one-shot appearance on Nitro. It moved the needle, so the company decided to hire David on full-time. But WCW being WCW, they never bothered to send him to the Power Plant (their training facility) in Georgia, they just threw a shag robe on him and blared Also ''Also Sprach Zarathustra.Zarathustra''. At the Georgia Dome in July 1999, they literally handed the U.S. Title to David Flair, still so untrained that he couldn't even run the ropes yet. (It's like when they add a new child to a family sitcom to spice things up. Beginning of the end.) His incompetence became a joke, with even Ric expressing "disappointment" in him in kayfabe. David in the WCW Hardcore division was alright: his team-up with Crowbar ({{Kayfabe}} sucky guys taking beatings for our amusement) and Daffney was a highlight of the crumbling WCW. David was awful, but he was honestly presented as awful.



** Rick Flair and Shawn Michaels: [=GOATs=] at overselling.

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** Rick Ric Flair and Shawn Michaels: [=GOATs=] at overselling.



-->[[http://cewshreviews.blogspot.com/2010/02/tna-against-all-odds-2010.html Cewsh:]] We open the show greeted with the lovely calm visage of one Richard Flair...Wait, did I say calm visage? What I meant to say is that Ric Flair bursts through a random door like a crazy person, turning so red that you could use him to direct ships at sea, and screaming at the top of his lungs about how hes going to murderize Eric Bischoff and about how he and AJ have been screwed. Then he totters off somewhere to upset small children and get an ice cream cone.

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-->[[http://cewshreviews.blogspot.com/2010/02/tna-against-all-odds-2010.html Cewsh:]] We open the show greeted with the lovely calm visage of one Richard Flair... Wait, did I say calm visage? What I meant to say is that Ric Flair bursts through a random door like a crazy person, turning so red that you could use him to direct ships at sea, and screaming at the top of his lungs about how hes going to murderize Eric Bischoff and about how he and AJ have been screwed. Then he totters off somewhere to upset small children and get an ice cream cone.



* OutOfFocus: Both he and Sting would be consigned to jobber hell for the nWo years. Wrestling/EricBischoff spent a lot of money bringing in high-priced, aging stars like Hogan and Savage and building the entire place around the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]]. In contrast, Flair was beaten up, marginalized and left to rot in the midcard. There was a point in time where it seemed like every new signing's first action was to beat Flair on their first PPV. Flair asked for his release several times but Bischoff wouldn't grant it, either out of spite or because he was afraid Wrestling/VinceMcMahon would get some value out of him. (Case in point, Vince got quite a lot out of him in his last WWE run 2001-2008 and Ric was 52 when that started!) Ric has often compared the final ''Nitro'' to the rain scene in ''The Shawshank Redemption'', because he felt like he was finally out of prison.

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* OutOfFocus: Both he and Sting would be consigned to jobber hell for the nWo [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]] years. Wrestling/EricBischoff spent a lot of money bringing in high-priced, aging stars like Hogan and Savage and building the entire place around the [[Wrestling/NewWorldOrder nWo]].[=nWo=]. In contrast, Flair was beaten up, marginalized and left to rot in the midcard. There was a point in time where it seemed like every new signing's first action was to beat Flair on their first PPV. Flair asked for his release several times but Bischoff wouldn't grant it, either out of spite or because he was afraid Wrestling/VinceMcMahon would get some value out of him. (Case in point, Vince got quite a lot out of him in his last WWE run 2001-2008 and Ric was 52 when that started!) Ric has often compared the final ''Nitro'' to the rain scene in ''The Shawshank Redemption'', ''Film/TheShawshankRedemption'', because he felt like he was finally out of prison.



* {{Pixellation}}: When Flair brought his NWA/WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt to the WWF, it ended up being shown as a mess of pixels due to legal reasons, and it was explained that Flair's NWA Title was not sanctioned by the WWF...The full story here is that Flair, like every NWA champion, had put down a $25,000 deposit on the belt. Since he kept winning, his deposit was never returned. When he was fired/resigned from WCW (without having been made to drop the title), the deposit was never returned, so Ric kept the belt and took it with him to WWF. WCW filed a lawsuit which led to the censoring of the NWA/WCW belt and Ric wearing what looked like a WWF tag title at house shows. In the end, WWF simply put their own world title on him. WCW later reacquired the belt from Flair for a hefty $38,000.
* ThePlan/MassiveMultiplayerScam: Let's just say it was the Perfect Plan. In the weeks leading up to the WWF/E World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage vs. Wrestling/UltimateWarrior SummerSlam 1992 match, Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect teased being in one of their corners. During the match, the two liberally attacked Savage and the Warrior, leaving more doubt into their (and the fans') heads. Warrior won the match by count out, but not the title. A few weeks later, Flair beat a weakened Macho Man for his second WWF Championship.

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* {{Pixellation}}: When Flair brought his NWA/WCW World Heavyweight Championship belt to the WWF, it ended up being shown as a mess of pixels due to legal reasons, and it was explained that Flair's NWA Title was not sanctioned by the WWF... The full story here is that Flair, like every NWA champion, had put down a $25,000 deposit on the belt. Since he kept winning, his deposit was never returned. When he was fired/resigned from WCW (without having been made to drop the title), the deposit was never returned, so Ric kept the belt and took it with him to WWF. WCW filed a lawsuit which led to the censoring of the NWA/WCW belt and Ric wearing what looked like a WWF tag title at house shows. In the end, WWF simply put their own world title on him. WCW later reacquired the belt from Flair for a hefty $38,000.
* ThePlan/MassiveMultiplayerScam: Let's just say it was the Perfect Plan. In the weeks leading up to the WWF/E World Heavyweight Champion Randy Savage vs. Wrestling/UltimateWarrior SummerSlam 1992 match, Ric Flair and Mr. Perfect teased being in one of their corners. During the match, the two liberally attacked Savage and the Warrior, leaving more doubt into their (and the fans') heads. Warrior won the match by count out, countout, but not the title. A few weeks later, Flair beat a weakened Macho Man for his second WWF Championship.



* 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. [[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.

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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 pop--and yet he still manages to look masculine. [[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.



** The big return of the Horseman in the 9.14.98 Nitro episode capped with what is easily Ric's most famous shoot, the "FIRE ME!" rant, as Bischoff stood on the ramp and glowered. And yes, he actually told Eric that he "sucks."

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** The big return of the Horseman in the 9.14.98 Nitro episode capped with what is easily Ric's most famous shoot, the "FIRE ME!" rant, as Bischoff stood on the ramp and glowered. And yes, he actually told Eric that he "sucks.""sucks".



** '''NWA''': The NWA isn't a promotion. It was (and is) a loose alliance of promoters who agreed to a set of bylaws and shared a common world heavyweight "championship". By the late 80's it was pretty centralized around Jim Crockett, though, which is what led to Jim Crockett Promotions becoming WCW. (Fun fact: {{Wrestling/ECW}} and TNA didn't come from nowhere; they used to be a part of the NWA as well.) Flair left for the NWA in 1974. He won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 9 times in that span, an unbeatable record. He later won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship before he left for WWF in '93.

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** '''NWA''': The NWA isn't a promotion. It was (and is) a loose alliance of promoters who agreed to a set of bylaws and shared a common world heavyweight "championship". By the late 80's it was pretty centralized around Jim Crockett, though, which is what led to Jim Crockett Promotions becoming WCW. (Fun fact: {{Wrestling/ECW}} and TNA didn't come from nowhere; they used to be a part of the NWA as well. And when Flair first joined the NWA, WWE was part of it too.) Flair left for the NWA in 1974. He won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 9 times in that span, an unbeatable record. He later won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship before he left for WWF in '93.
14th Nov '17 11:43:35 AM KYCubbie
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* TheFightingNarcissist: The original Narcissist of wrestling might have been "Natural Guy" Buddy Rogers, which, at the time was not so much its own gimmick as it was a subversion of the original Gorgeous George, real name George Wagner. Buddy looked and acted similarly, but instead of any suggestions toward homosexuality, he outraged audiences with his obliviously inflated ego, such as his insistence his bleached head was naturally that way. 30 years later, Rogers was succeeded by a rubber-faced blond who dressed like Elton John, but added-on claims of having a ludicrous fortune and lady-killing record, paying tribute to both Gorgeous George and the more recent narcissist gimmick.

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* TheFightingNarcissist: The original Narcissist of wrestling might have been "Natural Guy" Buddy Rogers, which, at the time was not so much its own gimmick as it was a subversion of the original Gorgeous George, real name George Wagner. Buddy looked and acted similarly, but instead of any suggestions toward homosexuality, he outraged audiences with his obliviously inflated ego, such as his insistence his bleached head was naturally that way. 30 years later, Rogers was succeeded by a rubber-faced blond who dressed like Elton John, but added-on added on claims of having a ludicrous fortune and lady-killing record, paying tribute to both Gorgeous George and the more recent narcissist gimmick.



** TNA Flair blurred the line between "legend" and "dangerous old man", believing himself to be God as in Jehova, Yahweh etc. We also discovered Flair doesn't draw the line at [[BestialityIsDepraved thoroughbreds]] when selecting his dates.

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** TNA Flair blurred the line between "legend" and "dangerous old man", believing himself to be God as in Jehova, Yahweh Jehovah, Yahweh, etc. We also discovered Flair doesn't draw the line at [[BestialityIsDepraved thoroughbreds]] when selecting his dates.



* GenreBlindness[=/=]HorribleJudgeOfCharacter crossed with an inversion and literalization of HeelFaceDoorSlam: Spent much of July and August 1997 trying to recruit Wrestling/CurtHennig for the Four Horsemen, with Hennig finally agreeing after Arn Anderson's "I'll give you my spot" promo on the August 25 Nitro. At WCW Fall Brawl 97 on September 14, the nWo (Kevin Nash/Syxx/Buff Bagwell/Konnan) defeated the Horsemen (Flair/Hennig/Chris Benoit/Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=]) in ''War Games'' when Mongo submitted after Hennig had turned heel, handcuffed Benoit and Mongo to the cage and finished the job by literally slamming the cage door on Flair's head. What makes this utterly blind judgment is that Hennig had already proven two months earlier that he couldn't be trusted when he turned on Diamond Dallas Page in their match against nWo members Scott Hall and Randy Savage at Bash at the Beach. On top of that, earlier at Fall Brawl, the nWo had attacked Hennig, and he had shown up for the match with a cast on his arm. This was a recycling of the angle from the October 21, 1996 Raw, where Triple H (one of Hall and Nash's Kliq partners!) had "injured" Mr. Perfect prior to what was supposed to be Perfect's return to the ring after a three-year absence, leading to Perfect essentially suckering in WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion "Wildman" Marc Mero into defending his title, since Helmsley had said that he wouldn't wrestle Mero unless the title was on the line. Helmsley won the match and the title after Perfect turned on Mero and hit him with a chair.

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* GenreBlindness[=/=]HorribleJudgeOfCharacter crossed with an inversion and literalization of HeelFaceDoorSlam: Spent much of July and August 1997 trying to recruit Wrestling/CurtHennig for the Four Horsemen, with Hennig finally agreeing after Arn Anderson's "I'll give you my spot" promo on the August 25 Nitro. At WCW Fall Brawl 97 on September 14, the nWo [=nWo=] (Kevin Nash/Syxx/Buff Bagwell/Konnan) defeated the Horsemen (Flair/Hennig/Chris Benoit/Steve "Mongo" [=McMichael=]) in ''War Games'' when Mongo submitted after Hennig had turned heel, handcuffed Benoit and Mongo to the cage and finished the job by literally slamming the cage door on Flair's head. What makes this utterly blind judgment is that Hennig had already proven two months earlier that he couldn't be trusted when he turned on Diamond Dallas Page in their match against nWo [=nWo=] members Scott Hall and Randy Savage at Bash at the Beach. On top of that, earlier at Fall Brawl, the nWo had attacked Hennig, and he had shown up for the match with a cast on his arm. This was a recycling of the angle from the October 21, 1996 Raw, where Triple H (one of Hall and Nash's Kliq partners!) had "injured" Mr. Perfect prior to what was supposed to be Perfect's return to the ring after a three-year absence, leading to Perfect essentially suckering in WWE Intercontinental Heavyweight Champion "Wildman" Marc Mero into defending his title, since Helmsley had said that he wouldn't wrestle Mero unless the title was on the line. Helmsley won the match and the title after Perfect turned on Mero and hit him with a chair.



** Flair as the eccentric mentor/soccer mom is great, as long as they don't have them pull an Wrestling/AJStyles and try to make his pupil look/behave like Flair. (His robe came with a hood, you see).

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** Flair as the eccentric mentor/soccer mom is great, as long as they don't have them pull an Wrestling/AJStyles and try to make his pupil look/behave like Flair. (His robe came with a hood, you see). see.)



** In 1978, he earned his nickname by beating the Golden Age "Nature Boy", Buddy Rogers, in the ring. In real life, Rogers handed the mantle over to Flair, along with his finishing move. The strut was taken from Memphis great "The Fabulous One" Jackie Fargo.note Who also trained Jerry Lawler and who, at least in Kayfabe, put together the Tag Team the Fabulous Ones, Steve Keirn and Stan Lane.

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** In 1978, he earned his nickname by beating the Golden Age "Nature Boy", Buddy Rogers, in the ring. In real life, Rogers handed the mantle over to Flair, along with his finishing move. The strut was taken from Memphis great "The Fabulous One" Jackie Fargo.note [[note]] Who also trained Jerry Lawler and who, at least in Kayfabe, put together the Tag Team the Fabulous Ones, Steve Keirn and Stan Lane.[[/note]]



* NoIndoorVoice[=/=]TheUnintelligible: IS THIZ ST. LOOZ MAZURAH?! I BEENHER BEFOREBUD I ALWEZ HEVA GREYTIME SO I THANKYA. WOO [[Wrestling/TripleH TRIPLE H]] MEMBER WHEN YOU WAZ EATIN RIBEYE?! [[{{Wrestling/Batista}} BATIZDA]], DAMMID [[Wrestling/RandyOrton RANDEH]], SHIT MY SON BUT I LIKE WREZLERS AND ...I CHOOZE [[{{Wrestling/TheShield}} SHEILZD]] WOO

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* NoIndoorVoice[=/=]TheUnintelligible: IS THIZ [[UsefulNotes/StLouis ST. LOOZ MAZURAH?! MAZURAH]]?! I BEENHER BEFOREBUD I ALWEZ HEVA GREYTIME SO I THANKYA. WOO [[Wrestling/TripleH TRIPLE H]] MEMBER WHEN YOU WAZ EATIN RIBEYE?! [[{{Wrestling/Batista}} BATIZDA]], DAMMID [[Wrestling/RandyOrton RANDEH]], SHIT MY SON BUT I LIKE WREZLERS AND ...I CHOOZE [[{{Wrestling/TheShield}} SHEILZD]] WOO



* RealSongThemeTune: "Also Sprach Zarathustra", also known as the ''2001'' theme.

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* RealSongThemeTune: "Also Sprach Zarathustra", "Music/AlsoSprachZarathustra", also known as the ''2001'' theme.



*** Or "Naich".

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*** Or "Naich"."Naitch".



** '''NWA''': The NWA isn't a promotion. It was (and is) a loose alliance of promoters who agreed to a set of bylaws and shared a common world heavyweight "championship". By the late 80's it was pretty centralized around Jim Crockett, though, which is what led to Jim Crockett Productions to becoming WCW. (Fun fact: {{Wrestling/ECW}} and TNA didn't come from nowhere, they used to be a part of the NWA as well.) Flair left for the NWA in 1974. He won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 9 times in that span, an unbeatable record. He later won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship before he left for WWF in '93.

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** '''NWA''': The NWA isn't a promotion. It was (and is) a loose alliance of promoters who agreed to a set of bylaws and shared a common world heavyweight "championship". By the late 80's it was pretty centralized around Jim Crockett, though, which is what led to Jim Crockett Productions to Promotions becoming WCW. (Fun fact: {{Wrestling/ECW}} and TNA didn't come from nowhere, nowhere; they used to be a part of the NWA as well.) Flair left for the NWA in 1974. He won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship 9 times in that span, an unbeatable record. He later won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship before he left for WWF in '93.



* RuleOfCool: Okay, those chops really do hurt but why bother when you can just punch a guy instead? Because the chop makes a louder noise, WOOO! To that matter, why keep using the figure four leg lock when it has an obvious counter and only won you one of your sixteen titles? Because it looks cool, WOOO!

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* RuleOfCool: Okay, those chops really do hurt but why bother when you can just punch a guy instead? Because the chop makes a louder noise, WOOO! To that matter, why keep using the figure four leg lock leglock when it has an obvious counter and only won you one of your sixteen titles? titles?[[note]]The one it won for him was his second WWF title in September 1992, when Wrestling/RandySavage "passed out" while "trapped" in the hold.[[/note]] Because it looks cool, WOOO!



* SelfDeprecation: You have to remember that there's Ric Flair and there's Richard Fliehr. Richard has a reputation for leaving promoters high and dry with money, be it ROH, Highspots, or countless other autograph/collectibles companies across the country. He was stupidly irresponsible with money, and now finds himself in a pile of debt which will likely just be transferred over to his estate when he dies. (Not to mention having to pay alimony to his alllllllll his ex-wives...) To his credit, he's owned up to it and even incorporated it into his schtick.

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* SelfDeprecation: You have to remember that there's Ric Flair and there's Richard Fliehr. Richard has a reputation for leaving promoters high and dry with money, be it ROH, Highspots, or countless other autograph/collectibles companies across the country. He was stupidly irresponsible with money, and now finds himself in a pile of debt which will likely just be transferred over to his estate when he dies. (Not to mention having to pay alimony to his alllllllll his ex-wives...) To his credit, he's owned up to it and even incorporated it into his schtick.



* SlobsVsSnobs: Ric and Dusty had a great feud which defined their characters, right down to their purported favorite Basketball teams. Ric (dropping the "K" from his name, a chic and stylish spelling) represents the high life many wish they could live. Ric is a fan of the LA Lakers. The Lakers were (and still are) the team of the beautiful people, with players named "Magic" and A-List celebrities attending each game. Onto Dusty Rhodes, the son of a plumber and the American Dream. Dusty is the common working man who knows "hard times". Even his name conjures images of the dust bowl from The Grapes of Wraith. And whose jacket did he wear? The Boston Celtics, the Lakers' perennial championship archrivals of the time whose star was nicknamed the "Hick from French Lick." Flair would even cite this in a promo as a reason why he hated Rhodes. And since the majority of their feud was in the 80's, it provided a great mirror of Wall Street vs. Main Street with the rise of yuppie culture.

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* SlobsVsSnobs: Ric and Dusty had a great feud which defined their characters, right down to their purported favorite Basketball teams. Ric (dropping the "K" from his name, a chic and stylish spelling) represents the high life many wish they could live. Ric is a fan of the LA Lakers. The Lakers were (and still are) the team of the beautiful people, with players named "Magic" and A-List celebrities attending each game. Onto On to Dusty Rhodes, the son of a plumber and the American Dream. Dusty is the common working man who knows "hard times". Even his name conjures images of the dust bowl from The Grapes of Wraith. And whose jacket did he wear? The Boston Celtics, the Lakers' perennial championship archrivals of the time whose star was nicknamed the "Hick from French Lick." Flair would even cite this in a promo as a reason why he hated Rhodes. And since the majority of their feud was in the 80's, it provided a great mirror of Wall Street vs. Main Street with the rise of yuppie culture.



* TuxedoAndMartini: Late-phase WCW Flair wore tuxedos to the ring. This happened around 1998 when the Horseman re-united. This didn't oblige Ric to keep his jacket on, of course.

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* TuxedoAndMartini: Late-phase WCW Flair wore tuxedos to the ring. This happened around 1998 when the Horseman re-united.reunited. This didn't oblige Ric to keep his jacket on, of course.



** Flair's daughter Ashley (now billed as Charlotte Flair) is a former NXT Women's Champion and WWE Divas Champion, as well as a four-time WWE Raw Women's Champion. 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.
** Scott [=McGhee=] is his brother in law and Bram, perhaps best known to USA viewers for his time in TNA, was his son-in-law, having been previously married to Charlotte.

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** Flair's daughter Ashley (now billed as Charlotte Flair) is a former NXT Women's Champion and WWE Divas Champion, as well as a four-time WWE Raw Women's Champion. Note (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.
** Scott [=McGhee=] is his brother in law brother-in-law and Bram, perhaps best known to USA viewers for his time in TNA, was his son-in-law, having been previously married to Charlotte.
7th Nov '17 12:45:23 PM Dragon101
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* IdenticalStranger: Charles Robinson, a referee currently signed with 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. 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.) 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: Charles Robinson, a referee currently signed with 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. 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.) 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]]''.NXT]]'', and appropriately enough was the referee for Flair's last WWE match at ''Wrestlemania''.
29th Oct '17 10:31:57 AM jakearmitage
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** The "Flair Flop", in which Flair would get hit a few times, stagger forward, then fall flat on his face while his legs went back and up in the air a bit. (Rick Flair and Shawn Michaels: [=GOATs=] at overselling.) The joke being, one minute he's the toughest son of a bitch in the room, and the next he's flopping around like a fish. As time went on his opponents would often back off to watch the inevitable flop. Some would even visibly geek out over the spectacle! He's even Flair Flopped onto a board covered in barbed wire.

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** The "Flair Flop", in which Flair would get hit a few times, stagger forward, then fall flat on his face while his legs went back and up in the air a bit. (Rick Flair and Shawn Michaels: [=GOATs=] at overselling.) The joke being, one minute he's the toughest son of a bitch in the room, and the next he's flopping around like a fish. As time went on his opponents would often back off to watch the inevitable flop. Some would even visibly geek out over the spectacle! Whenever you play as Ric Flair in the WWE games, one of your "taunts" is the flop which puts you at a disadvantage. He's even Flair Flopped onto a board covered in barbed wire.wire.



* LargeHam: Flair is a relic of a time when superstars would dive into a mountain of coke before promos.

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* LargeHam: LargeHam:
** Rick Flair and Shawn Michaels: [=GOATs=] at overselling.
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Flair is a relic of a time when superstars would dive into a mountain of coke before promos.promos:



* TuxedoAndMartini: Late-phase WCW Flair took a page from Jack Donaghy's book and started wearing tuxedos to the ring. This happened around 1998 when the Horseman re-united. This didn't oblige Ric to keep his jacket on, of course.

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* TuxedoAndMartini: Late-phase WCW Flair took a page from Jack Donaghy's book and started wearing wore tuxedos to the ring. This happened around 1998 when the Horseman re-united. This didn't oblige Ric to keep his jacket on, of course.
24th Oct '17 4:11:21 AM BlackTemplar
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: He debuted in 1972 as "Ramblin' Ricky Rhodes", a 300lb brawler. Even after he began bleaching his hair, he was noticeably bulkier than his leaner appearance as US and World champ.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: He debuted in 1972 as "Ramblin' Ricky Rhodes", a 300lb brawler.brawler billed as Dusty Rhodes' cousin. Even after he began bleaching his hair, he was noticeably bulkier than his leaner appearance as US and World champ.
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.
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