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  • Creator Backlash:
    • His most treasured memory from WCW? Watching it go out of business!
    • Ric has made it no secret that he regrets going to TNA, for several reasons. When Ric "Alimony" Flair wants nothing to do with your company, something has gone horribly wrong somewhere.
  • Doing It for the Art:
    Wrestle! Wrestle!: You need look no further than Randy Orton, who is a walking sleeping pill. That guy, he's going for "intense", but he's just so static. He's boring. he talks in a monotone. "josh matthews. at wrestlemania. i will be. the wee champion." Yawn. Fucking yawn! Ric Flair would get in front of that camera, he's like, "I'M GONNA WIN AT WRESTLEMANIA! I WILL BE THE WORLD CHAMPION WOOOOO!!" That's what that guy brings. You know, watching Ric Flair, that Ric Flair will die for your sins in that ring.
  • Irony as She Is Cast:
    • Nature Boy was always rollin' in dollas and hot women, whereas Ric has had problems with both money and women. (Also, if you caught the WWE edition of Celebrity Wife Swap, Wendy is clearly not used to doing housework.)
      WrestleCrap: I would point out the irony here about Fifi the maid being a terrible maid in real life, but she herself said that exact thing on the show, so I’m left with no joke for this panel.
    • There is no material difference to Dusty and Flair's upbringing. Ric didn't grow up rich; was part of a "black market" baby brokerage scheme based out of the infamous Tennessee Children's Home society and adopted by the Fliehr family. He doesn't definitively know his birth name or the names of his biological parents.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:The Mid-Atlantic stuff. While it is on YouTube, the quality isn't always there.
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  • Life Imitates Art: Probably not in a good way but Flair was notorious for basically living his gimmick out of the ring (such as walking around the infamous "Plane Ride from Hell" in the buff with only his entrance robes covering him and exposing himself to flight attendants). His not-so-stellar late career is the consequence of living too large when he had it made and ending up in some bad financial situations in his golden years.
  • Money, Dear Boy: He can't run a business and his attempts to invest money resulted in him getting swindled. So if he wants to live, he's gotta sing for his supper.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot
    • Happened a few times in Flair's career, notably his "Real World Champion" gimmick in his first WWF run and his firing/rehiring in WCW in 1998.
    • Also, the Horsemen's gimmick. According to Arn Anderson, it became a "full-blown shoot".
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    • We could eliminate the national debt tomorrow if we totaled up Ric Flair's alimony payments. To his credit, he's owned up to it and incorporated it into his schtick.
    • The plane crash that broke his back caused him to alter his style in-ring. To the end, he never took another bump directly on his back (he took them slightly to the side instead).
  • Real Song Theme Tune: Used Linkin Park's "Faint" in SHIMMER.
  • Romance on the Set: Flair’s current girlfriend and prospective fifth wife, Wendy. She used to play his valet, "Fifi the Maid", on those Flair For the Gold segments.
  • Throw It In!
    • At an NWA TV taping in 1986, Flair, Ole, and Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, and manager JJ Dillon were placed in an impromptu interview spot together due to time constraints. The four wrestlers had been working as something akin to a stable before this, but then Arn said "The only time this much havoc had been wreaked by this few a number of people, you need to go all the way back to the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse!" during the interview; just weeks later, fans were carrying "Four Horsemen" signs to NWA events. The name stuck, and the Four Horsemen went on to become arguably the most successful and powerful stable in pro wrestling (until the New World Order came along).
    • WWE would try and duplicate this with Evolution and the Authority but neither ever took off with the fans, so they had to start telling them what the groups were called.
    • The widespread "Woos" after using one of Flair's moves. It began as a form of mockery by Shane Douglas, who derided Flair and the other NWA alums (of which Shane was one) as dinosaurs. But it became an endearing Shout-Out, and is guaranteed to be heard whenever a wrestler chops an opponent in the corner.
  • Wag the Director: Flair was a member of NWA's booking committee in 1989, which resulted in the acclaimed Flair-Steamboat trilogy that year.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Flair vs. Luger. The duo would reunite in WCW during the eighties, again building toward a monumental Flair/Luger feud that would last until 1991: again Luger doggedly fought Flair for the title, and again the Horseman managed to interfere/cheat their way to victory. At long last, Jim Herd booked Flair to drop the strap, so Ric took his ball and went to WWF — but he would never fully recapture the glory of the decade he owned. As for Luger, somewhere along the line it started to go wrong for him, and despite chasing Flair from WCW to the WWF and back, he stayed a midcarder for the remainder of his career.
    • Vince was handed one of the greatest, already trimmed and manicured storylines of all time when Flair finally left the NWA. When Ric left Atlanta in 1991, he took the championship belt with him. He paraded it about the WWF ring to drum up even more heat. (WCW had the chutzpah to ask for the belt back, but possession's nine-tenths, donchaknow.) There was a build-up for a possible showdown at WrestlMania between the two "World Champions" — WWE's Hogan and WCW's Flair — but, for various reasons, that wasn't in the cards yet. Instead, Flair connived and cheated like his always does, enlisting The Undertaker to cripple Hogan and get him out of the way. Bear in mind that, at the time, both men were undefeated in their respective promotions; Flair left Atlanta before WCW could drop the belt to someone else. This could have been the nWo (the invader coming in to take over) five years prior to the nWo.
    • Reportedly, he and Hulk and had horrific house show matches, and is why they backed out of Hogan-Flair for WM 8.
    • Two years later, Flair played a major role in recruiting Hogan for WCW, again raising hopes for a clash of the titans. Instead, Bischoff sidelined Naitch and focused all of the company's attention on their new acquisition, replacing Flair, Ed Leslie.
      The Death of WCW: The fans, who had been so hot for the Hogan-Flair showdowns, seemed to suddenly lose interest in what Hogan was doing. And when the buy rates came in for Starrcade, the company was stunned...Obviously, Ed Leslie was no Ric Flair.
  • Written-In Infirmity:
    • He appeared on TV for a while in 2013, and there were rumors that they would pair him with the Miz. But the truth is his appearances weren't exactly great and the way he talked and generally handled himself seemed a bit off, so they decided to take him off TV but still have him around. Best guess is he knew he had some health issues and needed some extra money so he asked WWE for part-time work.
    • Ric Flair was set to appear at NXT Takeover 2, but was pulled from the show due to personal reasons. Flair was wildly speculated to be the man to introduce the NXT crowd to Kenta, now known as Hideo Itami.


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