Richard Morgan Fliehr was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 25th, 1949. On that day in The Volunteer State, the future greatest professional wrestler was brought into the world.
Fliehr was actually an adopted child and did not grow up in Memphis but rather Edina, Minnesota. During his high school years at Wayland Academy, the young Fliehr would compete on the track and football teams as well as experience his first taste of wrestling as a member of the amateur squad.
Fliehr would prove to be a standout athlete and upon his completion of high school would attend the University of Minnesota on a football scholarship. Upon dropping out of college, Fliehr would attend a wrestling school operated by Verne Gagne – and the wheels were officially set into motion.
Richard Fliehr would soon become Ric Flair – altering his name to make it more presentable when billed and promoted. In 1972, Flair would join the American Wrestling Association. While part of the AWA, Flair weighed close to three-hundred pounds and wore shot brown hair – a far stretch from his later look.
In 1974, Ric Flair joined the National Wrestling Alliance but the following year his career and life was almost cut short when Flair was involved in a plane crash that led doctors to believe that Flair would never wrestle again. However, his perseverance and will had Flair back in the ring just three short months following his near-fatal accident.
The crash caused Flair to change his in-ring technique and it was because of this circumstance that Flair would adopt his signature “Nature Boy” style. This was the beginning of The Natch and for the decades that followed, the name Ric Flair was echoed all throughout the wrestling world. Ric Flair became “The Man,” the sixteen-time World Champion, and the greatest in-ring performer in the business.
The former leader of The Four Horsemen became known for his flamboyant, over-the-top, and often times crazy promos. Ric Flair exudes charisma as he styles and profiles the way no one else can. In the following article, we will show you some of those classic Ric Flair promos that have made The Nature Boy just who he is today.
These are the top 15 craziest Ric Flair promos:
Honorable Mention: Ric Flair and Australia
This one is pure insanity. The promo makes very little sense, as he continues to change the amount of times he won the Heavyweight Championship and shout nonsense. However, despite all that, it’s still an incredibly entertaining promo as Ric Flair’s energy and magnetism draws you in. He even calls out the entire country of Australia, which is hilarious and awesome at the same time, before getting personal with Hulk Hogan.
As soon as you watch it, you’re going to want to share it with all your friends.
15. Whoo-Off with Kurt Angle
During the 2005 WWE Draft Lottery, a new member from Raw or SmackDown would be assigned to his or her new show on a weekly basis. The concept saw superstars jumping brands and refreshing their current roles in the company.
With Triple H and Ric Flair in the ring on Monday Night, The Game would call out the next draft pick. Much to the shock of everyone in attendance, it was none other than Kurt Angle. The Olympic Hero made his way down to the ring to confront Triple H. Flair who had remained silent throughout would jump into the conversation when Angle let out a signature Ric Flair “whoo.”
What ensued is what can only be called a “whoo-off” between Ric Flair and Kurt Angle. While this promo starred Triple H and Kurt Angle and featured appearances from both Shawn Michaels and Batista, the supporting role of Ric Flair was too good not to include on our list.
If you want to see the “whoo-off,” skip to the five minute mark in the video above.
14. Flair Returns with a Partner
When Harley Race placed a $25,000 bounty on the head of Ric Flair, it was collected by the tag team of Bob Orton and Dick Slater, who used a piledriver to try and take out The Nature Boy for good.
However, a piledriver is certainly not enough to keep down Ric Flair. With neck brace wrapped firmly around his neck and a gleam of retribution in his eye. Flair would seek his revenge on Orton and Slater with a friend of his own: a baseball bat.
After chasing the two men out of the arena, Flair would then cut an intense promo on his adversaries.
13. WWE Return in 2001
Following Survivor Series 2001, the “Invasion” angle was officially laid to rest and the WWE needed to head in a new direction. That direction came in the form of Ric Flair, who was making his first WWE appearance since 1993.
The new storyline would see Flair as the person Stephanie and Shane McMahon sold their company stock to, making Ric Flair and Vince McMahon partners. Much to the dismay of McMahon, Flair was strutting around the ring and going off the handle.
McMahon had been out to award Kurt Angle the WWE Championship but that was cut short thanks to the arrival of Flair, who would then allow “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to take the title from his shoulder in what was a great moment.
12. Do Not Tell Ric Flair How to Wrestle
With Ric Flair back in WWE, the possibilities were endless. Flair could work a program with anybody on the roster and turn it into something special.
The rivalry between Ric Flair and Vince McMahon turned out to be heated – especially when opening old wounds, which is what happened when Flair took McMahon on a little trip to the past – expressing something that McMahon once said to him about his wrestling ability.
McMahon claimed not to recall his criticism but quickly learned that you just do not tell Ric Flair how to wrestle.
11. Do Not Parody Ric Flair
Parody has been done a number of times over the years in professional wrestling. It is a go-to promo that usually gets a solid reaction from the live crowd (side note: best parody ever was DX doing The Nation).
Well, here we go again with Ric Flair and Vince McMahon. Following a touching video tribute of The Nature Boy, McMahon would proceed to dress as Flair with a ridiculous blond wig and Flair’s signature robe.
Another lesson that McMahon learned: you do not parody Ric Flair – and you especially don’t wear his robe. The sight of McMahon dressed in his image would cause Flair to snap.
Skip to the six minute mark to see Vince get dressed up as The Nature Boy.
10. The Champ
Ric Flair is great, every wrestling fan is well aware of this. In fact, the first person that would tell you that Ric Flair is great is Ric Flair.
In 1988, in preparation for a World Title defense against Lex Luger, Flair would cut a backstage promo that we can title: “I’m the Champ.” Flair was in his usual form – talking up his greatness while placing everyone else below.
In this promo, Flair even made a controversial remark about all the “black folks out there” while continuously informing everyone that he was the champ, which we obviously don’t condone.
9. Beating up a Book
There is something oddly satisfying for a writer watching Ric Flair beat the hell out of a hardcover book. In 2006, during the build up towards SummerSlam, Ric Flair came down to the ring with a copy of Mick Foley’s best-selling book: Foley is Good and did just that.
The storyline which used real life heat between Foley and Flair lead to The Nature Boy actually taking out his frustrations on Foley’s literary work. Foley and Flair have of course placed their heat behind them but in 2006; the dose reality made for a great program between the two legends.
Cut to 2:45 in the video to see the insanity.
8. The Golden Spoon
The main event of Starrcade 1987 would place Ric Flair inside of a steel cage against Ron Garvin for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.
In an interview prior to the bout, Flair would discuss the “golden spoon” which he apparently inherited at birth. This lead to The Natch tossing around his clothes, listing off the prices of his wardrobe, insulting the fans, and taking a subtle shot at other wrestling promotions – all of this made capable because of the golden spoon.
7. Marriott 806
Ric Flair is probably the only wrestler around who could mention Bruce Springsteen, Dusty Rhodes, and the Boston Celtics in the same promo and still have your attention.
The “Marriott 806” promo consisted of Ric Flair responding to Nikita Koloff, who said The Nature Boy’s days as champion were numbered. While sexuality in wrestling would become popular years later, Flair definitely helped set the trend. Once again proving that he was ahead of his time, Flair discussed the girls that The Four Horsemen were coming to find in Minneapolis.
6. Final Nitro
March 26th, 2001 marked the final edition of Monday Nitro. The final match that night was set to be Ric Flair vs. Sting, sending WCW off with the two men who helped build the promotion more than any other wrestlers.
Earlier in the evening, prior to the match, Ric Flair made his way down to the ring to address everything that was going on with the WWE purchase of WCW. The message was heartfelt, but far from humble, as The Nature Boy would delivery one last monumental promo for the WCW faithful.
5. Flair Gives Himself Some Color
While cutting a promo that included Sting, Lex Luger, and Dusty Rhodes; Ric Flair once again flew over the cuckoo’s nest when he began to bash his own forehead with his fist – causing himself to bleed on national television.
It is reported that following this incident, WCW faced a heavy fine and TBS threatened to remove Ric Flair from all future broadcasting – which was quite probably just a standard saying to appease the censors. Who would have removed Ric Flair from their programming while he was at the top of his game?
4. Flair Challenges Hogan
When Ric Flair was the active on-screen WCW President, he would book himself in a match with Hollywood Hogan at Uncensored 1999 in a First Blood Barbed Wire Steel Cage match.
Flair would emerge from the barbaric match as the new WCW World Heavyweight Champion. When announcing that the match between himself and Hogan would take place, Flair made the announcement in true Ric Flair form – with electric energy sprinkled with a touch of insanity.
3. Old Yeller
Ric Flair’s final storyline in WWE as an active competitor saw him unable to lose a match because if he did, then his career would be over. After fending off many challengers, men who were unable to retire The Nature Boy, Ric Flair challenged Shawn Michaels to a match at WrestleMania XXIV.
That night in Orlando, The Show Stopper would be the man to beat the man and end his active in-ring career in WWE. The match itself was full of emotional moments but perhaps one the most emotional Ric Flair promos came on the Monday Night Raw prior to the big event.
Ric Flair would come to the ring with the NWA World Championship Belt and explain to Shawn Michaels that if he were twenty years older, he too would have been competing for said title. Flair made it a point to let Michaels know that he wanted him to bring his best to their match.
Michaels in turn told Flair that he would be putting him out of his misery – comparing The Nature Boy to Old Yeller.
2. No Fear for Flair
On the October 3rd, 20o5 edition of Monday Night Raw – which was billed as “WWE Homecoming,” Triple H made his return to company following a four month hiatus to team with his longtime friend and mentor, Ric Flair.
The duo were successful in defeating Chris Masters and Carlito. Following the match and amid their victory celebration, Triple H would turn on Ric Flair – hitting The Nature Boy with a sledgehammer. This would bring about two awesome Pay-Per-View matches – one of which was won by each man – but more than that, it also brought out some great promo work.
Ric Flair would prove that he did not fear Triple H when he cut an absolutely intense promo about the hardships of his past while busting himself open and chasing the game with a baseball bat.
1. Stripping and Strutting
Starrcade 1998 would prove to be one of the lesser Ric Flair/Starrcade moments when The Nature Boy was defeated by Eric Bischoff.
The following night on Monday Nitro, with speculation circulating that Flair would be calling it quits, The Nature Boy made his way down to the ring for an interview with “Mean Gene” Okerlund. Flair made it crystal clear that he was not going anywhere – literally when he handcuffed himself the ring ropes, refusing to leave until Bischoff accepted his challenge to a match later that night, where if Ric Flair would be victorious, he would control WCW for ninety days.
Flair was at his finest, stripping down to his boxers and strutting around the ring like a mad man. Eventually, Bischoff would come out to the ring and accept the challenge. Later that night, Ric Flair defeated Eric Bischoff and assume the role of WCW President for the next three months.
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