"If wrestling can be considered an art form, then [Ric Flair] is using oils, and the many others merely water colors.""The Nature Boy" Ric Flair: the sixteen-time World Heavyweight Champion — and a limousine-riding, jet-flying, wheelin' dealin' kiss-stealin' - WOOOOO! - son - of - a - gun!In the "sport" of Professional Wrestling, there are wrestlers, there are superstars, there are legends... and then there's Ric Flair (real name Richard Morgan Fliehr, born in 1949). With a career spanning four decades (starting in 1972), 22 World Heavyweight Title reigns (10 NWA, 8 WCW, 2 WWE and 2 "WCW International" World Heavyweight), legendary matches and feuds with some of the biggest names in the business, and a retirement sendoff that will likely never be duplicated in either scope or emotional impact on the fans, Flair is one of the most famous professional wrestlers who has ever lived, and is arguably one of the three biggest performers in the history of the industry (the other two being Hulk Hogan and "Stone Cold" Steve Austin).For an in-depth look at his career, go check the article on him at That Other Wiki.
— Jim Ross, Starrcade 1988
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