Wrestling By The Numbers: Ric ‘Flair’ Fliehr
World Wrestling Entertainment has announced that joining the 2012 WWE Hall Of Fame Class will be the legendary ‘Nature Boy’ Ric Flair as apart of The Four Horsemen stable. The 62-year-old Charlotte North Carolina native becomes the first person in history to be inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame on two separate occasions. Flair’s iconic 40-year career first began in 1972 after he was trained by Verne Gagne. After his training was completed under the tutelage of Billy Robinson and Josh Klemme, he competed in the American Wrestling Association for two years from 1972-1974. He then left the organization and spent the next 20-years competing under the umbrella of Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling, the NWA and World Championship Wrestling.
In October of 1975 Flair’s career changed dramatically after a serious plane crash over North Carolina where he broke his back in three places. After being told by doctors his career was over, Flair returned to action six months later but had changed his style dramatically from a power brawling style to ‘The Nature Boy’ persona that gained him worldwide fame. From 1976-1991 Flair had multiple world title reigns and memorable feuds with the likes of Harley Race, Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, among others. During this time he was also apart of the legendary stable The Four Horsemen and spent time behind the scenes as the Head Of Creative Writing for the organization. In 1991 while the reigning World Champion, Flair had a dispute with then WCW President Jim Herd and was fired by the company and stripped of his championship.
Flair then took his world title belt with him to the World Wrestling Federation where he competed for two years and became a 2-Time WWF Champion. While there he battled in the main event picture with the likes of Randy Savage, Bret Hart and Mr. Perfect. He then returned to WCW where he would compete off and on for the next 8-years until the demise of the organization. In total Flair became a 7-Time NWA Champion and a 7-Time WCW Champion. From 2001-2009 he returned to the WWE and again was apart of another major stable in wrestling’s history known as Evolution. In 2008 Flair’s in-ring retirement send-off at Wrestlemania XXIV against Shawn Michaels along with his Hall Of Fame induction appeared to be one of the best retirements in the history of the sport.
After parting ways with the WWE Flair was brought into Ring Of Honor Wrestling in the early part of 2009 to be the company’s ambassador. He then left ROH to join Hulk Hogan’s Hulkamania Tour where he returned to squared circle competition. Early in the year 2010 he then signed a deal with TNA Impact Wrestling and has been with the company for the past two years as a part time wrestler and manager. ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair joins fellow Four Horsemen members Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham and manager J.J. Dillon representing the stable in the WWE Hall Of Fame.
Below we look at the legendary double Hall Of Fame inductee career of ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair by the numbers…
World Wrestling Entertainment:
* 39 Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 5 Main Event Matches on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 17 Matches Managed on WWE Pay-Per-View.
* 131 Matches on WWE Raw Supershow.
* 51 Main Event Matches on WWE Raw Supershow.
* 10 Matches on WWE Smackdown Supershow.
* 6 Main Event Matches on WWE Smackdown Supershow.
* 1 Match on WWE Tribute To The Troops.
* 9 Matches on WWE Superstars.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Superstars.
* 1 Match on WWE Saturday Night’s Main Event.
* 14 Matches on WWE Prime Time Wrestling.
* 2 Matches on WWE ECW On Syfy / TNN.
* 2 Main Event Matches on WWE ECW On Syfy / TNN.
* 1 Match on WWE Heat.
* 1 Main Event Match on WWE Heat.
NWA: Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling:
* 79 Matches (2nd Most All-Time) on WCW Pay-Per-View. (First Match: 1983 Starrcade Vs Harley Race Last Match: 2000 Greed With Jeff Jarrett Vs Dusty Rhodes & Dustin Rhodes)
* 38 Main Event Matches (Most All-Time) on WCW Pay-Per-View. (First Main Event Match: 1983 Starrcade Vs Harley Race Last Main Event Match: 2000 Uncensored Vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan)
* 5 Matches Managed on WCW Pay-Per-View.
* 21 Matches (2nd Most All-Time) on WCW Clash Of The Champions. (First Match: March 27th 1988 Vs Sting Last Match: August 21st 1997 With Curt Hennig Vs Konnan & Syxx)
* 18 Main Event Matches (Most All-Time) on WCW Class Of The Champions. (First Main Event Match: March 27th 1988 Vs Sting Last Main Event Match: August 15th 1996 Vs Hollywood Hulk Hogan)
* 92 Matches (17th Most All-Time) on WCW Nitro. (First Match: September 4th 1995 Vs Sting Last Match: March 26th 2001 Vs Sting)
* 46 Main Event Matches (5th Most All-Time) on WCW Nitro. (First Main Event Match: September 18th 1995 Vs Brian Pillman Last Main Event Match: March 26th 2001 Vs Sting)
* 16 Matches on WCW Thunder.
* 10 Main Event Matches on WCW Thunder.
TNA Impact Wrestling:
* 2 Matches on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 1 Main Event Match on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 12 Matches Managed on TNA Pay-Per-View.
* 7 Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.
* 4 Main Event Matches on TNA Impact Wrestling.
In addition to matches listed above ‘The Nature Boy’ Ric Flair also competed on the following television shows…
* World Wrestling Federation All-American Wrestling.
* World Wrestling Federation Wrestling Challenge.
* NWA: Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling Saturday Night.
* NWA: Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling Worldwide.
* NWA: Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling Pro Wrestling U.S.A.
* NWA: Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling The Main Event.
* NWA: Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling Power Hour.