Ric Flair has been a world champon an astounding 16 times, with two WWE reigns and 14 WCW/NWA reigns.
He faced the likes of Sting, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, and a host full of other surging superstars who were willing to make their mark in the business. Flair was not seen as a typical wrestler to many of the fans, back then he lacked muscle, size, and power. However, Flair had great character and personality to go with it. When you have these two things and an opportunity, then anyone can become great.
During his time as the WCW Champion, Flair created the stable the Four Horseman, and he also gained the nickname as the "dirtiest player in the game." From this point on the legacy of the nature boy became synonymous with wrestling.
In 2009 Flair squared of against HBK in a match where the stipulations dictated that if Flair was to loose he has to retire from the Wrestling altogether. While wrestling is all scripted in actual fact Flair was considering to retire before the match anyway as he felt that the needed to spend more time with his family as age was catching up to him.
After the match, Flair said his farewells to the sport in which he gave over 30yrs of his life to. It was an emotional time for many of his supporters, however it would only last several months as Ric Flair decided to come out of retirement and sign with rival company TNA as a part time wrestler. He has already wrestled Hogan and other famous stars in the company.