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WWE News: Ric Flair reveals the secret behind his realistic punches 

Riju Dasgupta
2.67K   //    02 Nov 2017, 16:29 IST

The Nature Boy's story is very interesting indeed
The Nature Boy's story is very interesting indeed

What's the story?

'The Nature Boy' Ric Flair, to many, is the personification of professional wrestling. He is, quite naturally, the subject of the soon to air '30 for 30' Nature Boy documentary on ESPN.

In one of the trailers for the documentary, Ric Flair mentions how he perfected the art of throwing realistic looking punches. Check out the story in the Tweet linked below.

In case you didn't know...

2-time WWE Hall of Famer and 16-time World Heavyweight Champion Flair is a man who has entertained millions over many decades of his tenure in the world of wrestling.

He has been a massive influence to those who followed him, including legends such as The Undertaker, Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin.

What made him the greatest sports entertainer in history? Here it from the man himself!

The heart of the matter

Ric Flair detailed the qualities that made a professional wrestler special. These are technique, skill, agility and the ability to think on one's feet. He then narrated the story of how he made his strikes seem realistic:

I hung a string in a doorway. And I hit the string as hard as I could for three years. Until it didn't move.

Thus, Flair perfected the ability to make his punches seem absolutely realistic, without connecting with his opponent. What a genius. The man also commented on selling inside the ring.


He said that it was one's job to make sure that the audience knew that the strikes and submission moves hurt. They wouldn't care if one just lay on the mat, without moving.

What's next?

Ric Flair's 30 for 30 Documentary airs on November 07 at 10 pm ET only on ESPN.

Author's take

Flair was an artist in the ring, even if all of his matches seemed similar. This documentary just proves how much effort he put into his offence. There will never be another quite like him.

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Riju Dasgupta
Riju Dasgupta is the bassist of heavy metal bands Albatross and Primitiv. He's also a former guest columnist for Rolling Stone India. His primary passion remains watching and reviewing the art of professional wrestling for Sportskeeda. In the world of heavy metal, he goes by the moniker- Dr. Hex.
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