Wooooooooooooo! "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair! The Limousine ridin', jet flyin', kiss stealin', wheelin' dealin' son of a gun, 16-time World Heavyweight Champion.
"To be the man you've got to beat the man." And ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages at 60 years of age, Ric Flair is still the man!
At WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando, Florida, Ric Flair gave us a memorable final, retirement match against Shawn Michaels. We all watched with tears streaming down our face, with paused hearts in that one, brief moment in time where we saw Shawn Michaels mouth the words "I'm sorry; I love you" and with that came sweet chin music and Ric Flair's illustrious in ring wrestling career came to and end...or did it?
I've got to tell you that I have watched, cheered for and idolized Ric Flair for over 30 years. I remember when Ric Flair would cut promos in that little Atlanta Georgia television studio on Super station TBS before a live audience of a few hundred people and would have me on the edge of my seat as he has the ability to do over and over again.
Groomed by Jim Crockett Jr. as the future top star, Ric won the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship by defeating Bobo Brazil in July of 1977 and would go on to hold that title five times over the next three years while feuding with the likes of Ricky "The Dragon" Steamboat, Roddy Piper and Greg Valentine.
Sept. 17, 1981 is a day that will forever live in history, for it was on this day that Ric Flair defeated "The American Dream" Dusty Rhodes to capture his first world heavyweight championship.
Who knew what the next 27 years would hold for one of the greatest wrestlers who ever stepped foot in the squared circle.
Ric Flair, no doubt made millions and millions of dollars from over 30 years in professional wrestling. Credited with being a 16-time World Champion, when the number is at least 22 if not more, He is a WWE Hall of Famer and his name, gimmick and character are highly recognizable trademarks in professional wrestling.
Which brings me to my point that Ric Flair needs the WWE.
Not to keep his name out there; because obviously no one will ever forget the name of Ric Flair.
But Ric Flair needs the WWE to maintain a substantial paycheck because sadly Ric admitted in a recent interview with Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg that he is paying alimony to not one, but two wives.
Hello? Anybody Home? Ric have you ever heard of a prenuptial agreement?
It kills me that Flair is in a situation where doing his autograph sessions at local high schools and taking part in Ring of Honor is not enough to support his leeches of ex-wives who appear to be soaking Flair for all he has.
Ric knows by working with Vince McMahon and the WWE that he will have financial security. Obviously his appearance to induct Ricky Steamboat into the Hall of Fame and the next night at WrestleMania XXV will garner The Nature Boy a big payday but where does it end?
Will we see Flair back in the ring for one more match, then another, then another, then maybe one more match at WrestleMania 45 when the main event is the match we've all wanted to see for 20 years "The Nature Boy" Ric Flair one on one with "The Immortal" Hulk Hogan for the WWE Championship, best two of three falls, extreme rules street fight in a hell in a cell?
I love Ric Flair as much as any true fan can but at some point the insanity has to stop.
But you see this is where the rubber meets the road so to speak.
Not only does Ric Flair need the WWE to keep a decent pay check coming, but the WWE needs Ric Flair to boost ratings, to sell tickets and to get fans to tune in every Monday night on RAW.
The fans love Flair. We look for the strut and long to hear the "Wooooo" just one more time. We sit on the edge of our seats waiting to hear what the Nature Boy has to say and wondering if the proverbial smashing of his watch from HBK is a sign that Flair has one more match left for his loyal following?
Either way this is a WIN/WIN situation for Ric Flair, the WWE and the fans.