Ric Flair has many titles to his belt, among them are being 16x world heavyweight champion, 2x hall of famer, WCW world heavyweight champion, WWE champion, United States champion, Intercontinental champion, WCW world tag team champion and WWE tag team champion.
A person who always knew who he was is Ric Flair with a description of himself as “a limousine-ridin, jet-flyin, kiss-stealin, wheelin-dealin, son of a gun”.
But you might be surprised that he almost did not make it to be the most celebrated champion in the history of sports entertainment. This was said for two reasons, one is that he survived two lightning strikes on the 4th of October 1975, and secondly, he was one of the five passengers of a twin engine plane that was not properly fueled leading to a mechanical failure and crashed. Flair broke his back in three places and so the doctors then insisted that he can never go back to wrestling again. And you know what he did – he ignored the doctors, went on rehab, and become the legend of the ring with a so-called flair for championship gold. He wished the plane crash incident had humbled his ways but he had started loving the nature life, and for this bought a nice new car using the insurance settlement he got.
Flair made his name by wrestling matches with long hours of marathon matches, while his body is being insured by an insurance company. Flair is a member of two influential and historical factions which he said is far from over, and he is the man who most young sports entertainers idolize. Even if you are not familiar with his career, you would know that you are in the ring with Ric Flair when you see his custom-tailored sequined ring robes, his famous nature strut, and the familiar shouts.
When he was at the top of his career, he wrote an autobiography which became the best seller, and then he released three videos that featured his storied time in the wrestling industry.
His actual tally of world championship sometimes vary depending on the source by some could total to as high as 21, while Flair is recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment and Pro Wrestling Illustrated Champion as a 16 time champion. Flair further added to his titles the Championship in the 1992 Royal Rumble and the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
It was on March 30, 2008 Wrestlemania XXIV, that Flair ended his 36-year career, after the night he became the only active wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. It is undeniable that Ric Flair is truly the most decorated World Champion in history, with his robe, trunks and boots that he wore at Wrestlemania XXIV being exhibited at a national museum in Washington DC.