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Ric Flair

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Richard Morgan Fliehr isn't what you'd expect from a professional wrestler. A medical student at Minnesota University (his father was a doctor, his mother an actress), Flair dropped out college to train for the mat wars under legendary former AWA World champ Verne Gagne. He made his professional wrestling debut on December 10, 1972, wrestling "Scrap Iron" George Gadaski (real name: John Kosti) to a ten minute draw in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. After spending the first few months of his career with Gagne's Minneapolis Boxing & Wrestling Club (which used the brand name "American Wrestling Association"), Flair moved on to Charlotte, North Carolina where he became a regular for Jim Crockett Promotions (a member of the worldwide sanctioning body known as the National Wrestling Alliance) under the direction of matchmaker (wrestling terminology for writer) George Scott. In 1981, he captured his first NWA World title (he would hold that belt officially nine other times). Later on, he would work for both World Championship Wrestling (a company formed by Ted Turner after buying the wrestling assets of JCP) and Vince McMahon's World Wrestling Entertainment. He has been officially recognized as a World champion (an honor which generally signifies that a wrestler is the top attraction in any given company) 21 times, garnering recognition from the NWA, WWE, and WCW (as well as the WCW spin-off group WCWI, or World Championship Wrestling International). He is the only man in wrestling history to hold all four versions of the title.  See full bio on IMDb »

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'Stone Cold' Steve Austin: I Spoke with Ric Flair, He's Laughing Again!

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I Spoke with Ric Flair ... He's Laughing Again!

Ric Flair is doing so well in his recovery, he's now taking phone calls from his famous wrestler friends ... including Stone Cold Steve Austin who says the two had a great convo earlier this… READ MORE >

Ric Flair: I'll Be Back! Starting Physical Therapy

Ric Flair
I'll Be Back! ... Starting Physical Therapy

Ric Flair has finally spoken out ... on Twitter ... vowing to recover from his medical emergency and be better than ever!  Flair (or someone from his account) just tweeted for the… READ MORE >

- 144 days ago
Kurt Angle: Ric Flair Saved Me from Signing with WCW

Kurt Angle
Ric Flair Saved Me from Signing with WCW

Kurt Angle owes his entire pro wrestling career to Ric Flair -- telling TMZ Sports it was the Nature Boy who talked him into signing with WWE instead of WCW.  Angle was at a WWE 2K18 party… READ MORE >

- 152 days ago
Ric Flair is 'Awake, Communicating and Progressing' According to Rep

Ric Flair
'Very Good Sign' Nature Boy's Getting Better!!!

We've got some great Nature Boy news -- Ric Flair is "awake, communicating and progressing" ... according to his rep. The legendary wrestler's been hospitalized in critical condition since… READ MORE >

- 154 days ago
Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair Doing Better, Thank God

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Ric Flair Doing Better Thank God

Hulk Hogan is thanking God Ric Flair seems to be doing better after his medical emergency. Hulk was at Newark Airport Friday when he told the photog his famous counterpart seems to be improving.… READ MORE >

- 154 days ago
Ric Flair's Fiancee: 'Multiple Organ Problems,' Condition Critical

Ric Flair
Multiple Organ Problems ... Condition Critical

Ric Flair is still in critical condition -- and suffering from "multiple organ problems," this according to the wrestler's fiancee.  "I have been unable to talk on the phone without… READ MORE >

- 157 days ago
Hulk Hogan Praying for Ric Flair, 'It's Time to Kick Out, Brother'

Hulk Hogan
I'm Praying for Ric Flair, Brother 'It's Time to Kick Out'

Hulk Hogan is sending prayers and positive thoughts to his fellow wrestling legend, Ric Flair -- saying, "It's time to kick out." Hogan and Flair had some of the greatest matches in wrestling… READ MORE >

- 158 days ago
Ric Flair Out of Surgery After Medically Induced Coma, Family By His Side

Ric Flair
Out of Surgery ... Family By His Side

1:47 PM PT -- Flair is out of surgery and resting, a rep for WWE tells TMZ Sports.  Unclear how the surgery went but we're told Ric's family is by his side and they're waiting to meet with… READ MORE >

- 159 days ago
Ric Flair Hospitalized, 'We Need Your Prayers'

Ric Flair
Hospitalized 'We Need Your Prayers'

Pro wrestling icon Ric Flair has been hospitalized -- and it sounds serious.  The Nature Boy's reps confirmed the 68-year-old was hospitalized over the weekend -- but Legacy Talent Agency… READ MORE >

- 159 days ago
Ric Flair: Kurt Angle Woulda Been a Dope UFC Fighter

Ric Flair
Kurt Angle Woulda Been a Dope UFC Fighter

With The Rock revealing that he considered a UFC career roughly 10 years ago, we wanted to know which WWE superstars have the chops to compete in a REAL mixed martial arts fight. For the answer… READ MORE >

- 176 days ago
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