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Richard Morgan Fliehr (born Fred Phillips; February 25, 1949), better known as Ric Flair, is an American professional wrestling manager and professional wrestler.

Background

Pre-WrestleMania

WrestleMania VIII (1992)

WWE Champion "Nature Boy" Ric Flair, looking to further cement his legacy, antagonized "Macho Man" Randy Savage for weeks leading up to their match at WrestleMania VIII. Flair targeted Savage's only real weakness, his love for Miss Elizabeth.

According to Flair, he and Elizabeth had a steamy love affair. Flair presented pictures of Elizabeth and Flair dining together as proof of their illicit behavior.

Week after week, Flair threatened to release even more incriminating photos of Miss Elizabeth. Savage remained silent, preserving his rage for the most opportune time-at WrestleMania VIII, with Flair's WWE Championship on the line.

WrestleMania XXIV (2008)

On the February 25 episode of Raw, 2008 WWE Hall of Fame Inductee Ric Flair challenged Shawn Michaels to a match at WrestleMania. Michaels accepted after some reluctance, knowing that due to a previous announcement from WWE chairman Mr. McMahon the next match Flair lost would result in his forced retirement. Flair said that "it would be an honor for [him] to retire at the hands of Shawn Michaels."

Match Record

Winner Loser Location WrestleMania Stipulatons Date
Randy Savage Ric Flair (with Mr. Perfect) Indianapolis, Indiana VIII Singles match for the WWE Championship April 5, 1992
Undertaker Ric Flair Toronto, Ontario X8 No Holds Barred match March 17, 2002
Ric Flair/Randy Orton/Batista The Rock/Mick Foley New York, New York XX Handicap match March 14, 2004
Rob Van Dam Ric Flair, Shelton Benjamin, Finlay, Matt Hardy, Bobby Lashley Rosemont, Illinois 22 Money in the Bank ladder match April 2, 2006
Shawn Michaels Ric Flair Orlando, Florida XXIV Career Threatening match March 30, 2008

In wrestling

  • Finishing moves
    • Diving knee drop – early career
    • Figure-four leglock
  • Signature moves
    • Back body drop
    • Chop block, usually as a setup for the figure-four leglock
    • Dropkick – early career
    • Elbow drop
    • Flop (Dropping face first to the mat, usually after a punch, with theatrics)
    • Knife-edged chop, usually followed by a "Woooo!" from the crowd
    • Low blow
    • Multiple suplex variations
      • Belly to back
      • Delayed vertical
      • Double arm
      • Gutwrench
    • Piledriver
    • Raking the opponent eyes
    • Running jumping knee drop
    • Shin breaker, usually as a setup for the figure-four leglock
    • Snapmare
    • Turnbuckle flip evasion, landing on the apron, with theatrics
    • Testicular claw
  • Wrestlers managed
    • Beer Money, Inc.
    • Big Show
    • Carlito
    • Charlotte Flair
    • David Flair
    • Desmond Wolfe
    • Evolution
    • Fortune
    • Gunner
    • Matt Hardy
    • The Miz
    • Reid Flair
    • Ricky Morton
    • Rob Terry
    • Snitsky
    • Steve Austin
  • Nicknames
    • "The Alimony Pony"
    • "The Dirtiest Player in the Game"
    • "The Golden Stallion"
    • "I Da! Ba-Loot!"
    • "Kyouran no Kikoushi (Japanese for the "Nobleman of Fury")
    • "Limousine Ridin', Jet Flyin', Kiss Stealin', Wheelin' Dealin', Son of a Gun"
    • "The Man"
    • "The Master of the Figure-Four"
    • "Naitch"
    • "Naitcha' Boy"
    • "The Nature Boy"
    • "The Original Party Animal"
    • "Rambling Ricky" Rhodes
    • "The Real World Champion"
    • "The Sixty-Minute Man"
    • "Slick Ric"
    • "Space Mountain"
    • "Wrestling God"
  • Entrance themes
    • "Dawn" section of the tone poem "Also sprach Zarathustra" by Richard Strauss (WCW/WWE; 1970s–June 2, 2009)
    • "Also Sprach Zaratustra" by Jim Johnston (Woo Quotes) (WWE; December 17, 2012–present)
    • "The Wanderer" by Dion
    • "Fortune 4" by Dale Oliver (TNA; used while a part of Fortune)
    • "Immortal" by Dale Oliver (TNA; used while a part of Immortal)
    • "Recognition" by CFO$ (WWE; September 21, 2015 – May 23, 2016; used while managing Charlotte)

Championship and accomplishments

  • Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling/Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling
    • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (8 times)
    • WCW International World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
    • NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (3 times)
    • NWA (Mid Atlantic)/NWA Television Championship (2 times)
    • NWA (Mid Atlantic)/WCW United States Heavyweight Championship (6 times)
    • NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship (3 times) – with Rip Hawk (1), Greg Valentine (1), and Big John Studd (1)
    • NWA World Tag Team Championship (Mid-Atlantic version) (3 times) – with Greg Valentine (2) and Blackjack Mulligan (1)
    • First WCW Triple Crown Champion


WWE Champions
Bruno SammartinoBob Backlund ● Iron Sheik ● Hulk HoganAndré the GiantUltimate WarriorSgt. SlaughterUndertakerRic FlairBret HartYokozunaDieselShawn MichaelsSycho SidStone Cold Steve AustinKaneThe RockMankindTriple HMr. McMahonBig ShowKurt AngleChris JerichoBrock LesnarEddie GuerreroJBLJohn CenaEdgeRob Van DamRandy OrtonJeff HardyBatista ● Sheamus ● The Miz ● CM Punk ● Alberto Del Rio ● Daniel Bryan
WWE Intercontinental Champions
Pat PattersonGreg ValentineRandy SavageRicky SteamboatThe Honky Tonk ManUltimate WarriorRick RudeMr. PerfectThe Texas TornadoBret HartRoddy PiperBritish BulldogShawn MichaelsRazor Ramon ● Diesel ● Hunter Hearst Helmsley/Triple HRocky Maivia/The RockStone Cold Steve AustinKen ShamrockRoad DoggThe GodfatherEdgeD'Lo BrownChris JerichoKurt AngleRikishiEddie GuerreroBilly GunnJeff HardyKaneAlbertChristianWilliam RegalRob Van DamBooker TRandy OrtonRic Flair ● CM Punk ● JBLBig ShowDaniel Bryan ● The Miz
Royal Rumble winners
Jim Duggan (1988) ● Big John Studd (1989) ● Hulk Hogan (1990 and 1991) ● Ric Flair (1992) ● Yokozuna (1993) ● Bret Hart and Lex Luger (1994) ● Shawn Michaels (1995 and 1996) ● Stone Cold Steve Austin (1997, 1998 and 2001) ● Mr. McMahon (1999) ● The Rock (2000) ● Triple H (2002 and 2016) ● Brock Lesnar (2003) ● Batista (2005 and 2014) ● Undertaker (2007) ● John Cena (2008 and 2013) ● Randy Orton (2009 and 2017) ● Edge (2010) ● Alberto Del Rio (2011) ● Sheamus (2012)
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