Profile:
  • Name: Ric Flair
  • Real Name: Richard Fliehr
  • Date of Birth: February 25, 1949
  • Hometown: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America
  • Height: 6'1
  • Weight: 252 pounds
  • WCW Debut: May 13, 1974
  • Nickname: "Nature Boy"
  • Finisher: Figure Four Leglock
  • Career Highlights: 8-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, 7-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, 2-time WCW International World Heavyweight Champion, 3-time NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion, 6-time NWA Mid-Atlantic / WCW United States Heavyweight Champion, 2-time NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Champion, 3-time NWA World Tag Team Champion of Mid-Atlantic region (2-time with Greg Valentine & 1-time with Blackjack Mulligan), 3-time NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion (1-time with Rip Hawk, 1-time with Greg Valentine & 1-time with Big John Studd), 1st Triple Crown Champion, 1st Grand Slam Champion
  • Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) Wins: Rookie of the Year Award (1975), Most Hated Wrestler of the Year Award (1978), Wrestler of the Year Award (1981), Match of the Year Award vs. Harley Race (1983), Wrestler of the Year Award (1984), Wrestler of the Year Award (1985), Wrestler of the Year Award (1986), Match of the Year Award vs. Dusty Rhodes (1986), Feud of the Year Award vs. Super Powers and Road Warriors (1987), Most Hated Wrestler of the Year Award (1987), Feud of the Year Award vs. Lex Luger (1988), Wrestler of the Year Award (1989), Feud of the Year Award vs. Terry Funk (1989), Feud of the Year Award vs. Lex Luger (1990), Wrestler of the Year Award (1992)
Biography:
Ric Flair is known as one of the greatest professional wrestlers in the history of professional wrestling industry. He spent the majority of his career in WCW, where he debuted during the 1970s when it was known as JCP. Flair has headlined many of WCW events and has captured nearly ever championship in his reach. He became a multiple time world champion during his WCW career and earned credibility and notability for his devotion to the squared circle. He fought against the best competitors of his time to make a name for himself and became the best competitor himself during the 1980s. He toured the entire world and defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against wrestlers from all over the world. He dominated WCW scene with his dirty tactics as the leader of Four Horsemen and would do anything to keep the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. His rivalries and historic matches against Ricky Steamboat, Lex Luger, Dusty Rhodes, Harley Race, Terry Funk, Sting, Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage have established Flair as the best competitor in WCW history.

Jim Crockett Promotions / World Championship Wrestling (1974 - 1991)
After competing for two years in American Wrestling Association (AWA), the young Ric Flair signed a contract with National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) territory Jim Crockett Promotions (JCP) in 1974. On May 13, Flair debuted in JCP as a heel. He defeated Abe Jacobs in his first JCP match. On July 4, Flair won the first championship of his career. Rip Hawk and Flair defeated Paul Jones and Bob Bruggers to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship. On December 6, Hawk and Flair were scheduled to defend the championship against Paul Jones and Tiger Conway, Jr. but Brute Bernard substituted for Hawk. Flair and Bernard lost the championship to Jones and Conway. Hawk and Flair's reign ended at 155 days.

Entering 1975, Flair defeated Paul Jones on February 8 to win his first singles championship, the NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Championship. Flair became a successful and long term champion. On August 8, Flair lost the championship back to Paul Jones. Flair's reign ended at 117 days. The young Flair started rising as a top star of the company. On September 20, Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel for the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship.

Flair established himself as one of the top stars of JCP by winning JCP's top championship and his rivalry with Wahoo McDaniel for the championship started increasing Flair's stardom. However, he suffered a back injury during a plane crash on October 4 that included Flair's fellow wrestlers Johnny Valentine, Mr. Wrestling and Bob Bruggers as well as promoter David Crockett. The injury ended Flair's professional wrestling career which had begun only three years ago but he proved his doctors wrong by recovering quickly.

In February 1976, Flair returned to JCP to resume his professional wrestling career. Upon his comeback, Flair began to refer himself as "Nature Boy", a nickname that had been used by world champion Buddy Rogers. Flair also used Rogers' finisher Figure Four Leglock submission maneuver. On May 3, Flair lost the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship back to Wahoo McDaniel. Flair's reign ended at 226 days.

Later that month, Flair received his first opportunity for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship, as he unsuccessfully challenged Terry Funk for the championship. On May 24, Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel to win his second NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship. On September 11, Flair lost the championship back to McDaniel. Flair's reign ended at 110 days.

Flair formed a tag team with Greg Valentine and participated in a tournament for the vacated NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship. They defeated Red Bastien and Danny Miller in the first round and Tony Atlas and Johnny Eagle in the quarter-final round. They wrestled Paul Jones and Rufus R. Jones to a double disqualification in the semi-final round. As a result, Dino Bravo and Mr. Wrestling won the tournament with no opponents left in the final round.

On October 16, Flair defeated Wahoo McDaniel to win his third NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship, thus ending his rivalry with McDaniel. On December 26, Flair and Greg Valentine defeated Minnesota Wrecking Crew to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. As a result, Flair became a double champion and Flair and Valentine began a historic tag team rivalry against Minnesota Wrecking Crew. However, the following night, on December 27, Flair lost the NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship back to Wahoo McDaniel. Flair's reign ended at 72 days.

Entering 1977, Flair defeated Rufus R. Jones to win his second NWA Television Championship on April 4. As a result, Flair regained his glory as a double champion. However, on May 8, Flair and Greg Valentine lost the NWA World Tag Team Championship back to Minnesota Wrecking Crew in a Steel Cage match. Flair and Valentine's reign ended at 133 days. On June 15, Flair lost the NWA Television Championship to the young rising Ricky Steamboat. Flair's reign ended at 72 days. This championship loss began a rivalry between Steamboat and Flair.

On July 6, Flair and Greg Valentine were awarded the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship and they began establishing themselves as one of the top tag teams of JCP. On July 29, Flair defeated Bobo Brazil to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship. As a result, Flair became a double champion. On August 22, Flair and Greg Valentine lost the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship to Ricky Steamboat and Paul Jones in a tag team match. Flair and Valentine's reign ended at 46 days.

On October 21, Flair lost the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship to Ricky Steamboat. Flair's reign ended at 84 days. On October 30, Flair and Greg Valentine defeated Minnesota Wrecking Crew to win their second NWA World Tag Team Championship. Flair and Valentine began playing dirty as tag team champions. They would often retain their championship through intentional disqualification in matches. On April 1, 1978, NWA President Eddie Graham stripped Flair and Valentine off the championship because of getting disqualified in matches to retain the championship. Flair and Valentine's reign ended at 153 days.

On April 9, Flair defeated Mr. Wrestling to win his second NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship. On April 23, Flair and Greg Valentine participated in a tournament for the vacated NWA World Tag Team Championship. They lost to Wahoo McDaniel and Andre the Giant in the first round.

On October 30, Flair teamed with Big John Studd to defeat Paul Jones and Ricky Steamboat to win the NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Championship. As a result, Flair became a double champion. The following week, on November 5, Flair and Studd lost the championship back to Jones and Steamboat. Flair and Studd's reign ended at 7 days.

On December 30, Flair lost the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship to rival Ricky Steamboat. Flair's reign ended at 265 days. Entering 1979, Flair finally defeated Steamboat to win his third NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship on April 1. Flair was able to secure a win over his rival after a losing streak against Steamboat throughout two years. During his reign, the young Flair began a rivalry with Buddy Rogers the original "Nature Boy", which culminated in a match between the two for Flair's NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship at Battle of the Nature Boys, which Flair won, upsetting Rogers. During this rivalry, Flair's popularity and main event status increased which turned him babyface.

On August 8, Flair teamed with Blackjack Mulligan. Flair and Mulligan defeated Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship. As a result, Flair became a double champion. However, due to being the tag team champion, Flair was forced to vacate the NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship on August 12. Flair's reign ended at 133 days. On August 22, Flair and Blackjack Mulligan lost the NWA World Tag Team Championship back to Paul Jones and Baron Von Raschke. Flair and Mulligan's reign ended at 14 days.

On April 19, 1980, Flair defeated Jimmy Snuka to win his record setting fourth NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship. On July 26, Flair lost the championship to former tag team partner Greg Valentine. As a result, Flair began a rivalry with Valentine. Flair's reign ended at 98 days. On November 24, Flair defeated Valentine to win his record setting fifth NWA Mid-Atlantic United States Heavyweight Championship. In 1981, the championship was renamed the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. Flair lost the championship to Roddy Piper on January 27.

In September, Flair won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship for the first time in Central States Wrestling and established his legacy as a main eventer and realizing his dream of becoming a world heavyweight champion. As a world champion, Flair toured the entire world and defended the championship in many NWA territories.

After losing the championship to Harley Race in June 1983, Flair began feuding with Race in JCP while also competed in St. Louis Wrestling Club. At Starrcade, Flair defeated Race in a Steel Cage match to win his first NWA World Heavyweight Championship in JCP, with Gene Kiniski as the special guest referee. After regaining the championship, Flair continued to defend it in his home promotion JCP and other NWA territories. On March 21, 1984, Flair lost the championship back to Harley Race at a New Zealand tour. Flair's reign ended at 118 days.

Flair regained the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in a Singapore tour only to exchange it with Kerry Von Erich in May 1984. After winning his fifth championship in May 1984, Flair began defending it in JCP and other NWA territories. At Night of Champions, Flair cheated to defeat Ricky Steamboat to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. At Starrcade, Flair successfully defended the championship against Dusty Rhodes.

Entering 1985, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Nikita Koloff at The Great American Bash, with David Crockett as the special guest referee. Flair began a rivalry with Dusty Rhodes over the championship, which caused Flair to turn heel by injuring Rhodes' ankle with the help of Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson in September 1985. As a result, Flair formed an alliance with the two. At Starrcade, Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Rhodes after a replacement referee counted the pinfall as the original referee had been knocked out. However, Flair retained the championship through disqualification because the original referee regained consciousness and disqualified Flair because Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson attacked Rhodes.

In 1986, Flair formed a faction with Ole Anderson, Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard called Four Horsemen. They cheated and broke the rules in matches. At Superstars on the Superstation, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Ron Garvin by cheating. At Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament, Flair successfully defended the championship against Dusty Rhodes by disqualification. Flair feuded with challengers like Rhodes, Magnum TA and Garvin to retain the championship.

In the first show of The Great American Bash tour on July 1, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Road Warrior Hawk by disqualification. Flair successfully defended the championship against Dusty Rhodes on July 3, Nikita Koloff on July 4, Ricky Morton in a Steel Cage match on July 5 and Road Warrior Animal by disqualification on July 9. On July 10, Flair defeated Morton to retain the championship. On July 12, Flair retained the championship against Rhodes through intentional disqualification.

Flair continued to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Wahoo McDaniel on July 18, Robert Gibson on July 21 and Magnum TA by disqualification on July 25. On July 26, Flair lost the championship to Dusty Rhodes in a Steel Cage match. Flair's reign ended at 793 days. On August 2, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Rhodes for the championship, thus ending the tour.

At August 9 house show, Flair defeated Dusty Rhodes to win his second NWA World Heavyweight Championship in JCP. As a result, Four Horsemen began dominating JCP as all the four members held major championships. Flair was the leader of the group and his teammates made sure that Flair retained his championship. At Starrcade, Flair defended the championship against Nikita Koloff. The match ended in a double disqualification. As a result, Flair retained the championship.

Entering 1987, Flair defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Nikita Koloff in a No Disqualification match at Supertowns on the Superstation. The match ended in a double count-out when Tully Blanchard attacked Koloff. As a result, Flair retained the championship. During this time, Lex Luger replaced Ole Anderson as the fourth member of Four Horsemen. At Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Barry Windham by cheating.

In the first show of The Great American Bash tour on July 1, Flair defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Dusty Rhodes in a Two out of three falls match. Flair retained the championship through intentional disqualification when Tully Blanchard attacked Rhodes in the third fall. On July 2, Four Horsemen lost to Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes and Road Warriors in a Steel Cage match, with the match airing on July 11 edition of Worldwide.

On July 4, James J. Dillon and Four Horsemen lost to Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes, Paul Ellering and Road Warriors in the first-ever WarGames match. On July 18, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Road Warrior Hawk by disqualification, with the match airing on July 25 edition of Worldwide. On July 31, James J. Dillon and Four Horsemen were scheduled to compete against Nikita Koloff, Dusty Rhodes, Paul Ellering and Road Warriors in a WarGames match. However, Dillon was replaced by War Machine. Koloff, Rhodes, Ellering and Road Warriors won, thus ending the tour.

On September 26 (taped September 25) edition of Worldwide, Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Ron Garvin in a Steel Cage match. Flair's reign ended at 412 days. At JCP's first pay-per-view event Starrcade, Flair defeated Garvin in a Steel Cage match to win his third NWA World Heavyweight Championship in JCP. Entering 1988, Flair retained the championship against Road Warrior Hawk through intentional disqualification at Bunkhouse Stampede.

At Clash of the Champions I, Flair defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Sting. The match ended in a 45-minute time limit draw. As a result, Flair retained the championship. At Jim Crockett Sr. Memorial Cup Tournament, Flair retained the championship against Nikita Koloff through intentional disqualification. Shortly after, Barry Windham joined Four Horsemen by turning on Lex Luger, who had left the group and became its rival.

At Clash of the Champions II: Miami Mayhem, Flair and Barry Windham joined their Four Horsemen teammates Arn Anderson and Tully Blanchard in attacking Dusty Rhodes and Sting, right after Anderson and Blanchard's match against Rhodes and Sting had ended. At The Great American Bash, Flair successfully defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Lex Luger. In November 1988, JCP was sold to Ted Turner and renamed World Championship Wrestling (WCW).

At Clash of the Champions IV: Season's Beatings, Flair and Barry Windham defeated Midnight Express in a tag team match. At Starrcade, Flair defeated Lex Luger to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. In 1989, James J. Dillon left WCW and Hiro Matsuda became the manager of Four Horsemen. As a result, Four Horsemen renamed the group to Yamazaki Corporation, with Flair retaining his status as the leader of the faction and doing dirty deeds to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

At Chi-Town Rumble, Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Ricky Steamboat. Flair's reign ended at 452 days. At Clash of the Champions VI: Ragin' Cajun, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Steamboat for the championship in a Two out of three falls match. At WrestleWar, Flair defeated Steamboat to win his fourth NWA World Heavyweight Championship in WCW. After winning the championship, Flair turned babyface by showing respect to Steamboat and began a rivalry with Terry Funk, which culminated in a match between the two for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at The Great American Bash, which Flair won.

Flair reformed Four Horsemen with rival Sting, Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson. At Clash of the Champions VIII: Fall Brawl, Flair and Sting defeated The Great Muta and Dick Slater by disqualification in a tag team match. At Halloween Havoc, Flair and Sting defeated The Great Muta and Terry Funk in a Thunderdome match, with Bruno Sammartino as the special guest referee. At Clash of the Champions IX: New York Knockout, Flair defeated Terry Funk in an "I Quit" match.

At Starrcade, Flair participated in an Iron Man Tournament. He defeated The Great Muta in the first match after a distraction by Ole Anderson and Arn Anderson, to score a pinfall win and earn 20 points. In his next match, Flair competed against Lex Luger to a seventeen-minute time limit draw, earning Flair, 5 points. Flair lost to Sting in the final round of the tournament. As a result, Sting became the #1 contender for Flair's NWA World Heavyweight Championship.

In 1990, Flair ordered Sting to give up his championship match but Sting refused, which caused Flair to kick him out of Four Horsemen. As a result, Four Horsemen turned heels. At Clash of the Champions X: Texas Shootout, Flair and his Four Horsemen teammates Arn Anderson and Sting were scheduled to compete against Gary Hart International in a Steel Cage match but Sting was replaced by Ole Anderson. Four Horsemen defeated Gary Hart International.

At WrestleWar, Flair was scheduled to defend the NWA World Heavyweight Championship against Sting but Sting was injured and was replaced by Lex Luger. Flair successfully defended the championship against Luger by count-out after Ole Anderson distracted Luger by attacking Sting. At Capital Combat, Flair retained the championship against Luger in a Steel Cage match through intentional disqualification when Flair's Four Horsemen teammate Barry Windham attacked Luger. At Clash of the Champions XI: Coastal Crush, Flair retained the championship against Junkyard Dog through intentional disqualification when Four Horsemen interfered and attacked JYD.

At The Great American Bash, Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Sting. Flair's reign ended at 426 days. At Clash of the Champions XII: Mountain Madness / Fall Brawl, Flair lost to Lex Luger by disqualification when Stan Hansen attacked Luger with his cowbell.

Flair and his Four Horsemen partner Arn Anderson began a rivalry with Doom for the NWA World Tag Team Championship. At Halloween Havoc, Anderson and Flair competed against Doom for the championship in a tag team match. The match ended in a double count-out. As a result, Doom retained the championship. At Clash of the Champions XIII: Thanksgiving Thunder, Flair defeated Butch Reed to earn another championship match after Arn Anderson attacked Reed with a steel chair.

At Starrcade, Flair withdrew from his scheduled NWA World Tag Team Championship match against Doom. He was replaced by Barry Windham as Arn Anderson's partner. Later that night, Sting defeated the masked Black Scorpion to retain the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. After the match, Scorpion was forced to unmask. Sting unmasked him and Scorpion was revealed to be Flair.

At January 11, 1991 house show, Flair cheated to defeat Sting to win his fifth NWA World Heavyweight Championship in WCW. As a result, WCW also crowned Flair, the first-ever WCW World Heavyweight Champion, making him the first holder of the newly created WCW World Heavyweight Championship. At Clash of the Champions XIV: Dixie Dynamite, Flair defended the championship against Scott Steiner. The match ended in a twenty-five minute time limit draw. As a result, Flair retained the championship.

At WrestleWar, Four Horsemen was scheduled to compete against Sting, Brian Pillman and Steiner Brothers in a WarGames match. However, Arn Anderson suffered an injury and was replaced by Larry Zbyszko. Four Horsemen won when Pillman's replacement El Gigante submitted the match. At WCW/New Japan Supershow, Flair lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship to Tatsumi Fujinami. Flair's reign ended at 59 days. However, Flair kept the WCW World Heavyweight Championship because Fujinami had thrown Flair over the top rope and it was considered a disqualification in WCW.

At SuperBrawl, Flair cheated to defeat Tatsumi Fujinami in a match with Fujinami's NWA World Heavyweight Championship and Flair's WCW World Heavyweight Championship on the line. As a result, Flair retained the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and won his sixth NWA World Heavyweight Championship in WCW. At Clash of the Champions XV: Knocksville USA, Flair successfully defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Bobby Eaton in a Two out of three falls match.

On June 15 edition of Power Hour, Flair, Barry Windham, Nikita Koloff and One Man Gang competed against Brian Pillman, El Gigante, Tommy Rich and PN News in an eight-man tag team match. It turned out to be Flair's last televised appearance in WCW. On July 1, Flair was fired by WCW President Jim Herd over contractual dispute. As a result, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship was vacated. Flair's reign ended at 171 days.

This ended the Nature Boy's seventeen-year career in WCW but he left the company as one of the dirtiest and biggest stars of the company. However, he kept the championship belt and his NWA World Heavyweight Championship reign continued until he joined rival promotion World Wrestling Federation (WWF).

World Championship Wrestling (1993 - 2001)
After spending nearly two years in WWF, the Nature Boy returned to WCW in 1993, the company which established his status as a professional wrestling star. Flair returned to WCW at SuperBrawl III and turned babyface as he received a huge positive reaction by the WCW audiences. Flair got a valet named Fifi. On May 1 edition of Worldwide, Flair debuted a new talk show segment called A Flair for the Gold, in which he would interview various WCW wrestlers. At Slamboree, Flair reformed Four Horsemen with Arn Anderson, Paul Roma and Ole Anderson. However, Ole left WCW and the group was reduced to Three Horsemen.

Flair and Arn Anderson began a rivalry with Hollywood Blonds, which culminated in a Two out of three falls match for the NWA World Tag Team Championship and the WCW World Tag Team Championship at Clash of the Champions XXIII, which was Flair's first televised match in WCW in two years. Blonds were disqualified when Barry Windham attacked Flair during the second fall. As a result, Blonds retained the championship and Flair began a rivalry with Windham, which culminated in a match between the two for Windham's NWA World Heavyweight Championship at Beach Blast. Flair defeated Windham to win his seventh NWA World Heavyweight Championship in WCW.

At Clash of the Champions XXIV, Flair and Sting defeated Colossal Kongs in a tag team match. On September 1, WCW withdrew from NWA and Flair was stripped off the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Flair's reign ended at 45 days. However, Flair's reign continued as the championship was replaced by a new championship called the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship. At Fall Brawl, Flair lost the championship to Rude. Flair's reign ended at 63 days. At Halloween Havoc, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Rude for the championship in a rematch by disqualification, with Terry Taylor as the special enforcer.

At Clash of the Champions XXV, Flair competed against Vader for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Vader was disqualified for attacking the referee. As a result, Vader retained the championship. Flair began feuding with Vader. At Battlebowl, Flair was randomly paired with Steve Austin against 2 Cold Scorpio and Maxx Payne. Flair and Austin defeated Scorpio and Payne to qualify for Battlebowl. Later that night, Flair participated in the Battlebowl Battle Royal. He was attacked by Vader on the rampway, putting Flair out of the match. Vader won the Battle Royal.

At Starrcade, Flair defeated Vader in a Title vs. Career match to win his second WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Entering 1994, Flair and Sting defeated Rick Rude and Vader in an Elimination match at Clash of the Champions XXVI. At SuperBrawl IV, Flair successfully defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Vader in a Thundercage match when the special guest referee The Boss ended the match as Flair applied the Figure Four Leglock on Vader without Vader even submitting.

In March 1994, Flair participated in the European Cup Tournament. He defeated Johnny B. Badd in the first round and Lord Steven Regal in the quarter-final round but lost to Vader in the semi-final round. At Spring Stampede, Flair defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Ricky Steamboat. The match ended in a double pin. As a result, the championship was vacated. On May 14 (taped April 21) edition of Saturday Night, Flair defeated Steamboat in a rematch to win the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship. As a result, Flair won his third WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

At Slamboree, Flair successfully defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Barry Windham. At Clash of the Champions XXVII, Flair defended the championship against Sting in a Title Unification match, with Sting's WCW International World Heavyweight Championship also on the line. Flair cheated to defeat Sting to retain the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and win the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship after Sting tended to the injured Sensuous Sherri. As a result, both championships were unified and the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship was disbanded. Flair continued his WCW World Heavyweight Championship reign. After the match, Flair and Sherri hugged each other, revealing it as a set up to defeat Sting. Flair appointed Sherri as his manager. As a result, Flair turned heel.

At Bash at the Beach, Flair lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to Hulk Hogan in Hogan's first WCW match. At Clash of the Champions XXVIII, Flair competed against Hogan in a rematch for the championship. Flair won by count-out after Sensuous Sherri attacked Hogan with her high heel. As a result, Hogan retained the championship because a championship could not change hands on a count-out. At Halloween Havoc, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Hogan for the championship in a Career vs. Career Steel Cage match, with Mr. T as the special enforcer. As a result, Flair was forced to retire.

Flair disappeared from WCW television. In 1995, Flair returned to WCW television at Clash of the Champions XXX. Flair formed an alliance with Vader. At SuperBrawl V, Flair interfered in Hulk Hogan's WCW World Heavyweight Championship defense against Vader, which caused Vader to lose by disqualification. Flair began accompanying Vader during his matches and used his dirty tactics to help Vader in winning matches. He began campaigning against the WCW President Nick Bockwinkel to reinstate him. On April 15 edition of Saturday Night, Flair was reinstated back into the WCW roster to compete as an active wrestler.

At Slamboree, Flair and Vader competed against Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage in a losing effort in a tag team match. Flair participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. He defeated The Patriot after interference by Arn Anderson and Marcus Alexander Bagwell in the first round on May 14 edition of Main Event and Alex Wright by disqualification after Randy Savage attacked Flair, in the quarter-final round on May 27 edition of Saturday Night. Flair was scheduled to compete against Savage in the semi-final round but the match ended in a no contest. As a result, both men were eliminated from the tournament and the semi-final match between Sting and Meng became the final round.

Flair began a rivalry with Randy Savage as both men interfered in each others' matches. At The Great American Bash, Flair defeated Savage. At Bash at the Beach, Flair lost to Savage in a Lifeguard match. Later that night, Flair berated Vader for losing to Hulk Hogan, which caused a rivalry between Flair and Vader, thus ending their alliance. Flair reformed his alliance with Arn Anderson. At Clash of the Champions XXXI, Flair and Anderson lost to Vader in a Handicap match. After the match, Flair and Anderson ended their partnership, which lead to Flair turn babyface and begin a rivalry with Anderson. At Fall Brawl, Flair lost to Anderson after Brian Pillman attacked Flair.

Flair began persuading Sting to team with him against Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. Flair constantly begged Sting but Sting refused before reluctantly agreeing as he did not trust Flair. At Halloween Havoc, Sting and Flair competed against Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman in a tag team match. During the match, Flair turned on Sting by attacking him. As a result, Flair turned heel and formed the new version of Four Horsemen with Arn Anderson and Brian Pillman. Flair began a rivalry with Sting, which culminated in a match between the two at World War 3, which Sting won. Later that night, Flair participated in the first-ever World War 3 Battle Royal for the vacated WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He was eliminated by Arn Anderson. Randy Savage won the Battle Royal.

In the fall of 1995, Chris Benoit was added as the fourth member of Four Horsemen. At Starrcade, Flair defeated Sting and Lex Luger by count-out in a Triangle match to become the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, thus earning an immediate championship match. Flair defeated Randy Savage to win his record setting fourth WCW World Heavyweight Championship. On January 13, 1996 edition of Saturday Night, Flair retained the championship against Savage in a rematch through intentional disqualification.

On January 22 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship back to Randy Savage after Arn Anderson accidentally attacked Flair with the brass knuckles. Flair's reign ended at 26 days. The following night, at Clash of the Champions XXXII, Flair and The Giant defeated Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan in a tag team match after assistance by Jimmy Hart. Flair stole Woman from Savage as his valet. At SuperBrawl VI, Flair defeated Savage in a Steel Cage match to win his record setting fifth WCW World Heavyweight Championship after Savage's valet Elizabeth turned on Savage by handing Flair her shoe to hit Savage with it. As a result, Elizabeth became Flair's valet. On February 19 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair successfully defended the championship against Savage to end the rivalry.

On February 24 edition of Saturday Night, Four Horsemen formed a group with Dungeon of Doom called Alliance to End Hulkamania, with its object of removing Hulk Hogan from WCW. Alliance to End Hulkamania began a rivalry with Hulk Hogan and Randy Savage, which culminated in a Doomsday Cage match between the two sides at Uncensored, which Hogan and Savage won after misunderstanding within Alliance. On April 29 (taped April 22) edition of Monday Nitro, Flair lost the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to The Giant. Flair's reign ended at 71 days.

At Slamboree, Flair was randomly paired with Randy Savage against Arn Anderson and Eddie Guerrero in a Lethal Lottery match. Flair and Savage won when Anderson turned on Guerrero. Flair and Savage qualified to compete against Public Enemy in the second Lethal Lottery but Savage attacked Flair before the match and Public Enemy won by forfeit. At Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show, Flair lost to Savage.

Flair and Arn Anderson began a rivalry with footballers Kevin Greene and Steve McMichael, which culminated in a tag team match between the two teams at The Great American Bash, which Flair and Anderson won after McMichael turned on Greene by hitting him with a Halliburton steel briefcase. As a result, McMichael was added as the fourth member of Four Horsemen in place of Brian Pillman, who had left WCW earlier that year.

At Bash at the Beach, Flair defeated Konnan to win his record setting sixth WCW United States Heavyweight Championship after Elizabeth distracted the referee and Woman hit Konnan with her high heel. At Hog Wild, Flair successfully defended the championship against Eddie Guerrero by holding Woman for leverage. At Clash of the Champions XXXIII, Flair competed against Hollywood Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. Hogan retained the championship through intentional disqualification when The Outsiders attacked Flair.

Four Horsemen joined the good wrestlers of WCW lead by Sting, Randy Savage and Lex Luger in their war against New World Order (nWo), a group with the objective of taking over WCW. At Fall Brawl, Flair, as a part of Team WCW, consisting of Sting, Lex Luger and Arn Anderson, competed against Team nWo, consisting of Hollywood Hogan, nWo Sting and The Outsiders in a WarGames match. Team nWo won when Sting abandoned Team WCW as he had been suspected by WCW to have joined nWo but showed his loyalty towards WCW by attacking nWo members before leaving the match.

On October 7 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair was attacked by nWo members. As a result, Flair suffered a shoulder injury and was forced to vacate the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. Flair's reign ended at 92 days. Flair continued to appear on television but was unable to wrestle and mainly managed Jeff Jarrett, the newest member of Four Horsemen. With the passage of time, the Horsemen's hatred and atrocity towards nWo increased, turning Horsemen into babyfaces.

In 1997, Flair wrestled his first match in seven months at Slamboree. He teamed with Roddy Piper and Kevin Greene to defeat nWo members Syxx and The Outsiders in a six-man tag team match. Flair formed a tag team with Piper. At The Great American Bash, Flair and Piper unsuccessfully challenged The Outsiders for the WCW World Tag Team Championship after Flair chased Syxx to the backstage. Due to the misunderstanding, Flair began a rivalry with Piper, which culminated in a match between the two at Bash at the Beach, which Piper won.

Flair kicked Jeff Jarrett out of Four Horsemen and added Curt Hennig as the newest member of the group and the replacement for Jarrett. Flair began a rivalry with nWo member Syxx, which culminated in a match between the two at Road Wild, which Flair won by cheating. Later that night, Flair helped his teammate Curt Hennig in defeating Diamond Dallas Page. At Clash of the Champions XXXV, Flair and Curt Hennig defeated nWo members Konnan and Syxx in a tag team match.

At Fall Brawl, Flair captained Four Horsemen, consisting of Steve McMichael, Chris Benoit and Curt Hennig, against nWo, consisting of Konnan, Syxx, Kevin Nash and Buff Bagwell in a WarGames match. nWo won when Hennig turned on Horsemen by attacking Flair and joined nWo. As a result, Flair ended Four Horsemen and began a rivalry with Hennig for Hennig's WCW United States Heavyweight Championship. At Halloween Havoc, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Hennig for the championship by disqualification. At World War 3, Flair unsuccessfully challenged Hennig for the championship in a No Disqualification match.

Entering 1998, Flair competed against Bret Hart in a losing effort in Hart's first WCW match, at Souled Out. At Boston Brawl, Flair lost to Hart in a rematch. Flair was eventually fired by the WCW President Eric Bischoff and did not appear on WCW television for five months. On September 14 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair returned to WCW and reformed Four Horsemen with Dean Malenko, Steve McMichael and Chris Benoit and Arn Anderson became the manager of the group.

Flair began a rivalry with Eric Bischoff for firing him. At Starrcade, Flair lost to Bischoff after Curt Hennig handed a foreign object to Bischoff, which he used to attack Flair. The following night, on December 28 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair defeated Bischoff in a rematch to end the rivalry. As a result, Flair saved his career and became the new WCW President for 90 days.

Entering 1999, Flair introduced his son David Flair to WCW. At Souled Out, Ric Flair and his son David Flair defeated Barry Windham and Curt Hennig in a tag team match after Anderson hit Hennig with a tire iron. At SuperBrawl IX, Ric unsuccessfully challenged Hollywood Hogan for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship when David turned on Ric by using a Stun Gun. At Uncensored, Ric Flair defeated Hogan in a First Blood Steel Cage match to win his record setting sixth WCW World Heavyweight Championship, with the help of biased referee Charles Robinson, who made a fast count despite Flair bleeding first. As a result, Flair turned heel and became the permanent WCW President.

Flair began misusing his power and started making wrong decisions especially to favor himself. At Spring Stampede, Flair defended the WCW World Heavyweight Championship against Hollywood Hogan, Sting and Diamond Dallas Page in a Four Corners match with Randy Savage as the special guest referee. DDP won after Savage delivered a Flying Elbow Drop to Flair. Flair's reign ended at 28 days. After losing the championship, Flair began a rivalry with Roddy Piper At Slamboree, Flair defeated Piper by cheating to retain his control over WCW. However, the decision was reversed by Eric Bischoff as Flair had attacked Piper with a foreign object and Piper won by disqualification. As a result, Piper gained control over WCW and fired Flair.

Four Horsemen disbanded as Dean Malenko and Chris Benoit started growing irritated of Flair's behavior and favors towards his own son David Flair. At 4th Ilio DiPaolo Memorial Show, Flair lost to Randy Savage. At The Great American Bash, Flair defeated Roddy Piper by disqualification to regain his control over WCW when Buff Bagwell attacked Flair. After the match, Flair and Piper attacked Bagwell, thus ending their rivalry against each other and forming an alliance which also included Arn Anderson and Jersey Triad.

At Bash at the Beach, Flair helped his son David Flair in retaining the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship against Dean Malenko. Later that night, Ric Flair managed Roddy Piper in a Boxing match against Buff Bagwell. On July 19 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair lost his position of WCW President to Sting. Flair continued to compete as an active wrestler until he disappeared from WCW.

He returned to WCW on September 13 edition of Monday Nitro to give a promo but Sting and Lex Luger attacked him. Flair turned babyface as he received positive reaction from the audience upon his return. Flair began a rivalry with Diamond Dallas Page, which culminated in a match between the two at Halloween Havoc, which DDP won. After the match, DDP brutally attacked Flair and Filthy Animals sped up away with an ambulance in which Flair was stretchered because Flair had attacked Eddie Guerrero with a crowbar for stealing his Rolex watch earlier in the night. As a result, Flair was injured and was put out of action for three months.

On January 31, 2000 edition of Monday Nitro, Flair returned to WCW and competed in a six-man tag team match. Sid Vicious, Flair and Terry Funk lost to Jeff Jarrett and Creative Control. Flair turned heel by forming Team Package with Total Package. Flair began a rivalry with Terry Funk, which culminated in a Texas Death match between the two at SuperBrawl 2000, which Flair won. Later that night, Flair joined Total Package in assaulting Hulk Hogan and Jimmy Hart after Package had lost to Hogan. Sting made the rescue. As a result, Flair began a rivalry with Hulk Hogan, which culminated in a Yavapai Indian Strap match at Uncensored, which Hogan won.

In April 2000, WCW was re-booted. As a result, all the championships were vacated and the roster and the company was refreshed. Team Package turned babyfaces. At Spring Stampede, Team Package participated in a tournament for the vacated WCW World Tag Team Championship. They defeated Harris Brothers and Mamalukes in a Handicap match in the semi-final round. Later that night, Team Package lost to Shane Douglas and Buff Bagwell in the final round after KroniK delivered a Double Chokeslam to Lex Luger.

The WCW roster was divided into two factions. The babyface veteran wrestlers formed Millionaire's Club and the young heel wrestlers formed New Blood. The two groups feuded with each other. Team Package joined Millionaire's Club. Flair developed a hatred against WCW authority figure Vince Russo. On May 3 edition of Thunder, Flair participated in a Battle Royal to determine the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. He last eliminated Shane Douglas to win the Battle Royal. As a result, Flair began a rivalry with Douglas, which culminated in a match between the two at Slamboree, which Douglas won after a fake Sting hit Flair with a baseball bat. After the match, the fake Sting was unmasked to be Flair's own son David Flair.

On May 15 edition of Monday Nitro, Ric Flair defeated Jeff Jarrett to win his record setting seventh WCW World Heavyweight Championship, thus reclaiming his glory as a world heavyweight champion after having an unsuccessful path on the road for the last one year. The following week, on May 22 edition of Monday Nitro, Vince Russo stripped Flair off the championship. Flair's reign ended at 7 days.

The following week, on May 29 edition of Monday Nitro, Kevin Nash awarded the WCW World Heavyweight Championship to Ric Flair. As a result, Flair earned his record setting eighth WCW World Heavyweight Championship. However, Flair immediately lost the championship to Jeff Jarrett, with Flair's son David Flair as the special guest referee. As a result, Ric Flair began a rivalry with David, which culminated in a match between the two with Flair's career on the line, at The Great American Bash, which Ric won. The following night, on June 12 edition of Monday Nitro, Ric lost a Handicap match to David and Vince Russo. As a result of losing, Flair was forced to retire.

Ric Flair returned to WCW on October 30 edition of Monday Nitro. He was awarded the position of WCW Commissioner. Flair turned heel by forming a group called Magnificent Seven with Jeff Jarrett, Road Warrior Animal, Steiner Brothers and Totally Buff. Flair kicked Kevin Nash out of WCW at SuperBrawl Revenge by screwing him out of a WCW World Heavyweight Championship match.

Flair and Jeff Jarrett began a rivalry with Dusty Rhodes and Dustin Rhodes, which culminated in a "Kiss My Ass" match between the two teams at Greed, which Dusty and Dustin won. It turned out to be WCW's final pay-per-view event as WCW was purchased by rival promotion World Wrestling Federation on March 23. On March 26, the final edition of Monday Nitro took place as it was WCW's final event. Flair competed against longtime rival Sting in a losing effort in the show's main event. It was WCW's last match and marked the demise of the company.

WCW had been the top professional wrestling promotion in the 1990s and the Nature Boy was the company's biggest star throughout the 1980s and 1990s. He spent a career of cheating and screwing his opponents to keep the world heavyweight championship around his waist. He used dirty tactics to win his matches and had his Four Horsemen lackeys to support him. Although Flair is not the best but one of the greatest performers in the history of WCW. His eight-year tenure came to an end with WCW's demise.

Following the demise of WCW, Flair returned to WWF in November 2001.

Ric Flair's WCW Photo Gallery:

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Ric Flair in JCP
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NWA Mid-Atlantic Tag Team Champion
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Rip Hawk and Ric Flair
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NWA Mid-Atlantic Television Champion
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NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Champion
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Ric Flair and Greg Valentine
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NWA United States Heavyweight Champion
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Ric Flair and Blackjack Mulligan
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NWA World Heavyweight Champion
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Four Horsemen



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