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5 Times Ric Flair Was The Man (& 5 Times It Was Becky Lynch)

Ric Flair and Becky Lynch have had very different careers in WWE. Flair is a 16-time world champion and one of the biggest names in the wrestling industry. Lynch is a pioneer of the Women's Evolution who got herself over with fans by using sheer charisma.

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The recent dispute between the two regarding 'The Man' moniker has been an odd clash between two very opposing personalities representing different generations. Both Lynch and Flair are unique talents with incredible careers behind them. Here are five times Ric Flair truly was The Man and five times Becky Lynch rightfully took the title.

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10 Ric Flair: Ric vs. Randy, Taboo Tuesday 2004

Ric Flair's 2004 bout against Randy Orton inside a steel cage at Taboo Tuesday proved to the rest of the locker room and the WWE Universe that the Nature Boy had, in fact, still got it. Flair went toe-to-toe with the Apex Predator and put on an excellent match that highlights why he is a 16-time champion.

Not only did Naitch show the world that he is The Man, but The Viper showed Flair that he still respects him and holds him in high regard, as the two embraced after the match's finish.

9 Becky Lynch: SmackDown Invasion

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Becky Lynch standing bloodied but bold atop the stairs defying the Raw roster to come at her after SmackDown's invasion in 2018 has to be one of the Irish Lasskicker's most badass moments. If shaking off a nasty punch from Nia Jax to continually taunt her foes doesn't prove she is The Man, then nothing does.

This was Lynch at the peak incline of her popularity. It kickstarted the rivalry she shared with Ronda Rousey, a journey that led straight to WrestleMania and cemented Lynch as the biggest star in the women's division.

8 Ric Flair: Farewell Ceremony

The Nature Boy is a wrestling veteran who has dedicated his life to his craft. To see him awarded the respect he deserved by the rest of the roster following his retirement is a moment that remains a tearjerker.

Flair's retirement match against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXIV was an emotional rollercoaster that hooked fans and gave the Hall of Famer the send-off he was owed. It was voted Match Of The Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated in 2008 and remains a soulful encapsulation of what the wrestling industry truly means to Flair.

7 Becky Lynch: WrestleMania 35 Main Event

Who would have believed, particularly in the dark days of the WWE Diva, that a women's match would ever headline WWE's biggest PPV event one day? Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey, and Charlotte Flair did the impossible, elevating the Women's Evolution to impossible heights and changing the course of history.

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The Irish Lasskicker's bitter feud with the Baddest Woman On The Planet is the highest-profile rivalry of her career. Lynch standing victorious after pinning Rousey with both Women's Championships is another impressive image from her awe-inspiring WWE run.

6 Ric Flair: Slammy Awards Return

Ric Flair's time with TNA was disappointing. Impact Wrestling had no idea how best to book a legend such as Flair, and so his 2008 return to WWE was met with a raucous ovation from the crowd.

Naitch returned at the Slammy Awards to present John Cena with the Superstar of the Year award, though Cena refused to accept the award, giving it back to Flair instead. A fun segment involving CM Punk, The Shield and Team Hell No followed, with Naitch trapping Paul Heyman in a figure-four leglock to the fans' delight.

5 Becky Lynch: Royal Rumble Victory

Becky Lynch limped her way to the ring during 2019's Women's Royal Rumble match, taking the place of an injured Lana after a grueling battle with Asuka. The former SmackDown Women's Champion outlasted the competition to cash in her ticket to WrestleMania, a moment fans ate up.

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Despite the questionable booking that followed it (as WWE found a way to inject Charlotte Flair into the main event match), this was still a triumphant moment for Becky Lynch and an important moment in history for the Irish Superstar's career.

4 Ric Flair: His WCW Heel Turn

Ric Flair makes a brilliant heel. His detestable ways have earned him the moniker of Dirtiest Player in the Game. His betrayal of Sting at Halloween Havoc 1995 is an iconic moment that informed fans that Naitch didn't have to be a babyface to reach the top of the hierarchy.

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Flair and Sting faced Brian Pillman and Arn Anderson in a tag-team match, which they won following Naitch's turn to villainy.

3 Becky Lynch: Putting The Champ In His Place

Becky Lynch has proven that, when it comes to the microphone, she can hang with the very best. Her quick wit and fiery promos helped endear her to fans, and her confrontation with John Cena encapsulated this.

The Irish Lasskicker issued an open challenge to the Face That Runs The Place on a January episode of SmackDown. Fans were delighted, siding quickly with Lynch as even Cena looked impressed.

2 Ric Flair: Flair vs. Vader, Starrcade 1993

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Naith's Starrcade showdown with Vader is one of his most memorable world title wins. Flair faced Vader for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship with the added stipulation that, should he lose, Flair would retire from professional wrestling.

Flair overcame interference from Harley Race to pin Vader with a roll-up and win the match. Though his tenure with WCW wasn't all it could have been, his victory remains another of his career highlights.

1 Becky Lynch: Lynch vs. The McMahons

Becky Lynch has risen to the top as a Stone Cold Steve Austin-like figure. It makes sense that this anti-establishment attitude would put her in direct conflict with Triple H and Stephanie McMahon, and the Raw Women's Champion's collisions with the Authority did not disappoint.

After Triple H and Stephanie attempted to force Lynch out of the WrestleMania main event, The Man took matters into her own hands and laid out both Authority figures.  WWE need to book a match between Lynch and McMahon as soon as possible.

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