Ric 'The Nature Boy' Flair will go down as arguably the greatest entertainer and talker in the history of wrestling, thanks to his legendary promos that energized the crowd more than anything else.
The limousine ridin', jet flyin', kiss stealin', wheelin' dealin' son of a gun was full of adrenaline and energy as he cut the most epic of promos backstage. On a side note, just how did backstage reporters like Tony Schiavone try to stay focused and relax while interviewing The Nature Boy?
In a recent interview with CBS DC (h/t WrestlingInc.com), Schiavone detailed how hard it was to maintain his composure during backstage promos with Flair.
"Yeah, the one that I remember was one that we did on the set of World Championship Wrestling back in the 80s. He was doing the angle against Gorgeous Jimmy Garvin and Precious, and he was trying to woo Precious, and he brought out a mannequin.
He kissed and made love to the mannequin, while I was holding the microphone. If you go back and watch it, I think you catch me laughing. He and I talk about that often, when I talk to him and I talk to him about how nutty he was. I say, 'Yeah but, I was there when you kissed a mannequin.'
We can't blame Schiavone for laughing a little bit, because Flair really was over the top charismatic and colorful during his promos. There have been many instances of announcers and wrestlers making mistakes during promos, so Schiavone's chuckling is easy to condone.
Flair's career began to take off with NWA during the '70s and '80s, just as Schiavone was working his way up of being the voice of WCW. The two men worked on any promos together, and they remain iconic to this day.
When it came to talking on the microphone, nobody was able to work up a crowd and get them into it more than The Nature Boy. Schiavone was calm and composed during these promos, so the working relationship with Flair was excellent.