#4: Buddy Rogers was the real Nature Boy
When you hear the name ‘Nature Boy’, you probably think of the incredible career of Ric Flair, who’s extravagant lifestyle and in-ring ability turned him into one of the greatest Superstars ever.
But before Flair was racking up World Championships and Hall of fame rings, it was Buddy Rogers who held the Nature Boy moniker, and rightly so.
A precursor to Flair, the original Nature Boy Buddy Rogers was an intensely charismatic performer, and perhaps one of the first wrestlers in history to value style over substance.
That’s not to say Rogers didn’t have the skills, as he became well known for his hard-fought main events against any and every opponent who dared to challenge him.
A huge star already in the NWA, Rogers made the jump to what would become the WWE, defeating Bruno Sammartino in just 48 seconds.
After hanging up his boots, the OG Nature Boy continued to give to the company, hosting talk show segments, and was rightly inducted posthumously into the WWE Hall of Fame in 1994
Whilst he may have lost the Nature Boy title to Flair, Rogers did cement his legacy in a way no-one else can match, becoming the first ever WWE Champion, an act that is proof that Buddy Rogers truly was, one of the greats.