"The Nature Boy" Ric Flair: The Story of Professional Wrestling's Imperfect Man

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"The fact of storytelling hints at a fundamental human unease, hints at human imperfection. Where there is perfection, there is no story to tell.''—Ben Okri

There is so much ground to cover when it comes to Ric Flair.

He has been in the wrestling industry since 1972—getting his start in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), where he put on classics with names such as Dusty Rhodes, Andre The Giant, Larry Hennig and Wahoo McDaniel.

He holds the record for most reigns as a WWE/WCW World Champion with an astonishing 16, a number simply unheard of in his day and age.

He is about to become the only man to be inducted in the WWE Hall of Fame twice, once for his singles career and the second time for being a member of the legendary Four Horseman stable. He also was inducted into the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Hall of Fame in 2008.

This is just the tip of the iceberg as Ric Flair’s resume goes, as just a list of his accomplishments would provide enough material for a novel.

That, however, is not my intention here today.

I wanted to touch upon the essence of the man. I wanted to touch on his humbling beginnings, financial struggles, yet his ability to overcome all these things to become one of the most well-rounded professional wrestlers ever.

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