The man known as the nature boy is considered a legend in professional wrestling. His career spans over 40 years winning world titles in NWA, WWE, WCW etc. Ric Flair was adopted as a child by Dr. Richard Reid Fliehr and Kathleen Kinsmiller Fliehr. He was born in Memphis, Tennessee but was raised in Edina, Minnesota.
He was trained by Verne Gagne. He made his professional wrestling debut in Dec 10, 1972 for the AWA. His travels took him to Japan, where he perfected his craft competing against the likes of Genichiro Tenryu, Riki Choshu, Jumbo Tsuruta, Harley Race, and Kerry Von Erich.
Jim Crockett Promotions/WCW
In 1974, he would make his way to Jim Crockett Promotions which would eventually become World Championship Wrestling (WCW). It is at this promotion where Ric Flair would truly become the nature boy. It was also the place he would form one of the greatest pro-wrestling stables of all time, The Four Horsemen. Ric Flair spent most of the 1980s in WCW.
First WWE/WWF Run
In 1991, he left WCW for the WWF, due to a change in management as well as proposed changes to his character. One of the major reasons this was notable is that Ric Flair was still the NWA World Heavyweight Champion at the time. In Sept 1991, he debuted on WWF Television with the 'Big Gold Belt' promoting himself as the real world champion. While his first run with the WWF was notable with feuds with Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper and Bret Hart, it was still not even close to his WCW run.
In February 1993, Rick Flair returned to WCW as a face and once again became a top draw in the company. With the arrival of Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage in 1994, he would enter into multiple feuds with them. Once the NWO formed in 1996, Ric Flair reformed the four horsemen to feud with the competing faction. Besides Sting, Ric Flair defined WCW. It was fitting that the final Monday Nitro in 2001 was between Ric Flair and Sting.
Second WWE Run
After sitting out his AOL Time Warner Contract, Ric Flair returned to WWE in 2002, acting as the story line co-owner with Vince McMahon. He feuded with Vince McMahon which resulted in a brand split between WWE Monday Night Raw and WWE SmackDown. With Ric Flair on Raw, he formed a new group with HHH, Batista and Randy Orton called Evolution from 2003 to 2005. With Ric Flair's second run, he competed in matches against the likes of The Undertaker, Shawn Michaels, HHH and others. Ric Flair last official match was WrestleMania 24 losing to Shawn Michaels. Ric Flair was inducted into the WWE hall of fame in 2008 and in 2012 as part of the four horsemen.
Ric Flair Net Worth
Ric Flair has a reported net worth of 3 Million Dollars.
Ric Flair WOO
While Ric Flair has multiple catch phrases, the Woo deserves its own place in the WWE Hall of Fame. The WOO Chant is said to have been taken from Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis. In the song, Jerry Lee Lewis can be heard using 'Woo' extensively throughout the song. Ric Flair using that song as inspiration and ran with it. When he would perform chops in the ring, the crowd goes 'Woo.' His daughter uses it to great effect with her version of the 'Woo' chant.
Ric Flair Spouse
Ric Flair has been married a total of 5 times. Ric Flair's current spouse is Wendy Barlow, who he recently married in 2018.