Ric Flair is a retired professional wrestler most famous for his extravagant lifestyle with an addiction to alcohol and women.
This article will tell you about his bio, quick facts, childhood, early life, career, personal life, and net worth.
|Full Name||Richard Morgan Fliehr|
|Famous for||Professional Wrestler|
|Date of Birth||February 25, 1949 AD|
|Age||72 Years (as of 2021)|
|Father||Dr. Richard Reid Fliehr|
|Children||Charlotte Flair, Reid Flair, David Flair, Megan Fliehr|
|Net Worth||$4 million (estimated in 2021)|
Nicknamed “The Nature Boy,” Ric Flair is a retired professional wrestler known for his garish lifestyle with alcoholism and women. He was once the face of the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. Flair, the first WCW Champion, has held a world championship record 16 times. His troubled life includes a strained relationship with his adoptive parents, multiple injuries, four failed marriages, and the heartbreaking loss of a son. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he broke several records and set new records by winning numerous tournaments.
Ric Flair has seen the ups and downs of a wrestler career, but he’s not yet ready to “retire” from the sport as he considers wrestling his first love. It is his absolute passion for wrestling that propelled him to fight for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) even years after he officially retired from wrestling. However, he later admitted that fighting for TNA was the “first regret” for his career. Flair now appears a lot in WWE to support his daughter, Charlotte.
Childhood and Early Life:
Ric Flair was born Fred Phillips on February 25, 1949, in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of Luther and Olive Phillips. However, Richard Reid Fliehr and Kathleen Virginia Kinzmiller later adopted him from the Children’s House Association in Tennessee and named him Richard Morgan Fliehr. His adoptive father worked as a doctor while his adoptive mother was an actress. In school, he was an active athlete with a keen interest in football, track, and wrestling. He became an amateur wrestler even before enrolling at the University of Minnesota on a soccer scholarship and leaving college shortly after completing his first year. While working as a goalkeeper at a club, he met Olympic weightlifter Ken Patera, who introduced him to American Wrestling Association (AWA) promoter Fern Janie.
In 1971, Ric Flair joined Janie’s wrestling camp, which is set up in Janie’s Barn outside Minneapolis. He trained alongside Janie’s son Greg Janie, Jim Bronzel, The Iron Sheik, and Ken Patera. He took the ring name “Ric Flair” and made his debut match against George “Scrap Iron” Gadaski in December 1972 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. The match ended in a 10-minute draw. Flair resigned from AWA and joined the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) in 1974. He claimed his first singles title on February 8, 1975, after defeating Paul Jones in the NWA Mid-Atlantic TV Championship. Flair, 26, suffered a back injury and was told he would never be able to fight again. However, Flair decided not to give up and underwent a lot of physical therapy to recover. His efforts paid off and he was back in the ring a year after the accident.
Upon his return, he fought Wahoo McDaniel in February 1976. But the accident forced him to change his fighting style and he had to give up his fighting techniques. Over the next three years, Flair regained the championship five times against opponents such as Ricky Steamboat, Rudi Piper, Mister Wrestling, Jimmy Snuka, and Greg Valentine. In 1978, Buddy Rodgers took over the original “Nature Boy” character. To fuel his rivalry with Rodgers, Flair began calling himself “the nature boy” and the title stuck with him thereafter. He became the NWA face with blond hair, jeweled robes, expensive jewelry, and tailored suits. In early 1985 Ric Flair, along with Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson’s team, launched attacks on Rhodes. A few weeks later, they were joined by Takeover of Blanchard, and together they formed a group called the “Four Horsemen”.
From 1985 to 2001:
This alliance of villains was created to become a formidable force by destroying NWA audiences’ favorites and capturing all major titles. Over the years, Four Horsemen have undergone various changes as different members of the group join and leave. Flair and Arn Anderson were the only permanent members of the group to witness the addition of wrestlers such as Lex Luger, Barry Windham, Sting, Sid Fishus, Paul Roma, Brian Pillman, Chris Benoit, Jeff Jarrett, Steve McMichael, Curt Hennig, and Brigadier General Malenko. In early 1991, WCW President Jim Heard suggested that Flair undergo a process of renewal and approval of the new name “Spartacus”. Flair refused to follow the suggestion that led to Heard expelling him and stripping him of the NCW Championship. He then joined WWF and Flair won his first WWF Championship on January 19, 1992, by defeating 29 other wrestlers in a Royal Rumble match.
After his short stint in WWF, Flair returned to WCW in February 1993 as the new face of the brand. However, he remained on the belt for a very short time when he left WCW NWA in September 1993. In June 1994, Flair became WCW World Heavyweight Unified and WCW World Champion by defeating Sting. Flair also became the “New World Order” brigade holder in late 1996 and remained so throughout 1997. He and his fellow Raiders encountered great fighters such as Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, and Hulk Hogan. Ric Flair won the WCW World Championship twice during the year 2000 until WWF took over the company in 2001. According to the story, Flair was the co-owner of WWF after Shane and Stephanie sold their stakes in The Company to him. He eventually lost ownership of the camera to Vince McMachon.
In 2003, Flair joined “Evolution” made up of WWE Superstars Triple H, Randy Orton, and Dave Batista. Along with Batista, Flair won the World Tag Team Championships twice, in 2003 and 2004. Flair was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame on March 29, 2008, and was the first active wrestler to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. He retired from wrestling on March 30, 2008, after losing a match to Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando, Florida. However, he does appear occasionally in WWE, especially to support his daughter Ashley, who goes by the name “Charlotte”.
Ric Flair married Leslie Goodman for the first time on August 28, 1971. The couple has two children, Megan and David. They separated in 1983 after being together for 12 years. He then moved on and in the same year, Flair tied his knot with Elizabeth Harrell. The couple had blessed with two children namely Reid and Ashley. Elizabeth has even appeared in WCW on several occasions. However, they divorced in 2006. Flair then married Tiffany Vandemark on May 27, 2006. But their marriage was short-lived and their divorce ended in 2009. Following the same trend, Flair married his fourth wife the same year he divorced Vandemark. Jacqueline “Jackie” Beams married on November 11th. However, this marriage did not last long either and the couple officially separated in 2014. Flair became engaged to his girlfriend, Wendy Barlow, in July 2016.
Ric Flair has an estimated net worth of almost $4 million (estimated in 2021).