American professional wrestler Richard Morgan Fliehr (born February 25, 1949), better known as Ric Flair. Flair has been a professional wrestler for over 50 years, and he is widely considered the best of all time by fans, peers, and media members alike.
His time with Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA) are all highlights of his career (TNA).
He spent the bulk of his career in JCP and WCW, where he amassed a number of championships. He’s been known as “the Nature Boy” since the mid-1970s. Flair was a major draw at PPVs throughout his career, headlining the premier annual NWA/WCW event, Starrcade, on ten separate occasions and also co-headlining the WWF’s WrestleMania that year after winning the Royal Rumble.
Wrestling Observer Newsletter named him Wrestler of the Year (an award shared with Lou Thesz) an unprecedented eight times, and PWI named him Wrestler of the Year a record six times.
He is the first person to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice, he was first honoured in 2008 for his solo career and again in 2012 as a member of The Four Horsemen. He is also a legend in the NWA Hall of Fame and the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Ric Flair’s Net Worth
With a net worth of $500,000, Ric Flair is a retired American professional wrestler and wrestling manager. Ric Flair has been a professional wrestler since 1972, and he is widely regarded as one of, if not THE, greatest of all time. His work life lasted for four decades. He competes in the WWE Legends league and was inducted into the Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2008.
Ric Flair Early Life
Ric’s birthday is February 25th, and he was born Richard Morgan Fliehr in Memphis, Tennessee. It is widely believed that Flair’s birth name is Fred Phillips, but he was adopted at birth. His name appears variously as Fred Demaree and Fred Stewart in published sources.
His adoptive father was a medical student at the University of Michigan Medical Center in Detroit when he decided to adopt him. Kathleen, his adoptive mother, was a journalist for the Star Tribune. He and his new family moved to Edina, Minnesota, not long after his adoption.
For high school, Flair enrolled at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin. He also participated in football and track and field in addition to wrestling. Intending to follow in his adoptive father’s footsteps as a doctor, he enrolled at the University of Minnesota for a short time. Unfortunately, he ditched school to pursue a career as a professional wrestler.
Ric Flair Career
The legendary Vachon brothers were the first to introduce Flair, aka “The Nature Boy,” to the world of professional wrestling. On December 10, 1972, Flair made his wrestling debut against “Scrap Iron” George Gadaski.
After a few months training at Gagne’s Minneapolis Boxing & Wrestling Club, he moved to Charlotte, North Carolina and began fighting regularly for Jim Crockett Promotions. Ric first became NWA World champion in 1981.
Since then, his career in wrestling has been very successful. In his later years, he was employed by both WWE and Vince McMahon‘s TNA Wrestling (World Wrestling Entertainment).
Throughout his career, Flair was a major draw at PPVs. He has appeared as a featured performer at Starrcade ten times. In 1992, he was the main attraction at WrestleMania, the WWF’s equivalent. He won the Royal Rumble that year, too. Eight times he was named PWI Wrestler of the Year.
When he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame for the second time, he made history as the first person to ever achieve this feat. He was nominated twice; once in 2008 for his solo work and again in 2012 for his contribution to The Four Horsemen.
In addition to the WWE Hall of Fame, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter Hall of Fame, and the NWA Hall of Fame, Flair is a member of a number of other prestigious wrestling halls of fame.
Flair has won 16 world titles (8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and two-time WWF Champion). He held the inaugural titles of World Championship Wrestling (WCW) World Heavyweight Champion and World Championship Wrestling (WCW) International Heavyweight Champion.
After becoming WCW’s first World Heavyweight Champion, he went on to become the promotion’s first Triple Crown winner. With the WWF Title and the World Tag Team Title already in his possession, he went on to capture the Intercontinental Title as well. Flair is the only man in the history of professional wrestling to have won all four championships.
Ric Flair Personal Life
Ric Flair wed Leslie Goodman on August 28th, 1971. Megan, their daughter, and David, their son, were born to them. Their separation was finalised in 1983. On August 27th, 1983, Flair wed Elizabeth Harrell. Ashley, their daughter, and Reid, their son, completed their family.
After 11 years of marriage, Flair and Harrell split up in 2006. In a wedding ceremony on May 27, 2006, Flair wed Tiffany VanDemark. She competes in fitness events. She began divorce proceedings in 2008. In 2009, they finalised their divorce.
Flair wed Jackie Beems in North Carolina on November 11, 2009. They must enjoy being married. Flair and Jackie’s divorce was finalised in 2014, after Flair filed for divorce in 2012. To Wendy Barlow, better known as Fifi the Maid on WCW, Flair tied the knot for the fifth time on September 12, 2018, in Florida.
David Flair followed in his father’s footsteps as a professional wrestler. Between the years 1999 and 2001, David toiled away at WCW. Reid Flair, Flair’s other son, signed a developmental deal with WWE in 2007 after excelling as a wrestler in high school.
Ric Flair’s first grandchild, a daughter named Morgan Lee Ketzner, was born to his daughter Megan in 2004. Another of Flair’s daughters, Ashley, joined WWE in 2012 as a performer going by the name Charlotte Flair.
The combination of heroin, Xanax, and a muscle relaxer led to Reid Flair’s overdose and death in March of 2013. Flair has, throughout the years, made a number of outrageous claims, including that he slept with 15,000 women and drank 15 drinks a day.
In June of 2020, Flair addressed fan concerns that his daughter Charlotte was being overexposed in the wrestling industry. As he explained it in an interview: “I can’t believe how many times I’ve heard, “We’re tired of seeing her.”
That’s great, I’ll have to keep an eye out for her in future TV appearances. Now that she’s a multimillionaire, she can do whatever she pleases. And the company has made her a millionaire, so there you have it.”
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