Ric Flair's ESPN 30 for 30 documentary The Nature Boy was finally released this week after months of hype and it was well worth the wait. It was a great way for fans of all ages to get a detailed look at one of the greatest wrestling careers ever.
During the documentary, Flair said he always wanted to be the man and that by devoting his life to wrestling, he has paid the price.
The first interview that ESPN did with Flair for the 30 for 30 documentary took place in October of 2015. He said that he started loving wrestling when he was a kid and that he tuned in every Saturday night at 6pm.
Flair was adopted and his parents revealed the news to him when he was 10 years old. But he said that he didn't care that they weren't his biological parents and he had a typical, mischievious childhood. He said he got into so much trouble as a kid that he was sent away to a private school.
Flair was into sports as a kid, specifically football and wrestling. He was recruited by some big schools like Nebraska and Michigan but ended up going to the University of Minnesota to play football. After one year at Minnesota, Flair dropped out of college.
Flair's career started way back in 1972, when he started working with American Wrestling Association after deciding to give up semi-pro football. He actually ended up quitting wrestling, but the AWA promoter back-handed him and told him that he had too much talent to walk away.
Flair admitted that early on he wasn't in the shape required to be a wrestler. He also said that it bothered him when people would call wrestling fake as Flair would prefer the term "choreographed."
Flair's fledgling wrestling career nearly came to an end when he was in a plane crash in 1975. He ended up breaking his back in three places during the crash and also lost over 70 pounds during rehab.
While recovering from the crash, Flair said he was determined to be like famed wrestler Buddy Rogers, who had the nickname of the "Nature Boy." He adopted the nickname and it has stuck ever since.
As for where his famous "wooooo" comes from. He said he thought of it because of Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" song.
Many current and former wrestlers reacted to Flair's ESPN documentary.
Congrats to the man, the legend, the GOAT, the Nature Boy @ricflairnatureboy on the huge success of his @espn 30 for 30. Nobody tells a better story inside the ring and out than you. #ThankYou pic.twitter.com/QNl4U7b0jC— The Miz (@mikethemiz) November 8, 2017
“To be the man you got to beat the man”. Ric Flair!!! Wooooo. Brother HH— Hulk Hogan (@HulkHogan) November 8, 2017
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