Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Ric Flair: Pro Wrestling Legend

If you are a pro wrestling fan love him or hate him Ric Flair is a legend in the industry. He resides in Charlotte North Carolina. Ric, 'Da Ol Hillbilly is very proud of what you have accomplished in the ring. GarysWorld 'Appalachia' salutes Ric Flair, a living legend.
WikiPedia Information
Richard Morgan Fliehr (born February 25, 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota better known by his ring name, Ric Flair, is a retired American professional wrestler. Also known as "The Nature Boy," Flair is among the most well known wrestlers in the world and has been one of wrestling's biggest stars since the early 1980s. Flair is recognized by WWE as a 16-time world champion, although his actual tally of world championship reigns varies by source. In World Championship Wrestling (WCW), he also had two stints as a booker—from 1989-1990 and again in 1994.
According to WWE, Flair is an eight-time National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) Champion, six-time WCW Champion and two-time WWE Champion. He was also the winner of the 1992 Royal Rumble.

Personal life:
Flair does not know his full birth name. In the opening chapter of his autobiography To Be the Man, titled "Black Market Baby," he notes that his birth name is given on different documents as Fred Phillips, Fred Demaree, and Fred Stewart. The chapter title is a reference to the fact that the Tennessee Children's Home Society, the agency with which he was placed for adoption, was revealed in 1950 to have fraudulently induced thousands of mothers to give up their children for adoption. The future Ric Flair was adopted when he was six weeks old by a physician (father), Richard Reid Fliehr, and a theater writer (mother), Kathleen Virginia Kinsmiller. At the time of his adoption, his father was completing a residency in gynecology in Detroit. Shortly afterwards, the family settled in Edina, Minnesota, where the young Richard Fliehr lived throughout his childhood. He later attended Wayland Academy, a coeducational boarding school in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

Flair's son David is a semi-retired professional wrestler. Flair's younger son Reid, who signed a developmental contract with WWE near the end of 2007, is an accomplished high school wrestler and made several appearances on WCW television along with his sister Ashley and half-sister Megan.

In December 2005, a magistrate issued arrest warrants for Flair after a road rage incident that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina, in which Flair allegedly got out of his car, grabbed a motorist by the neck, and kicked the door of the motorist's sport utility vehicle. Flair was charged with injury to personal property and simple assault and battery, both misdemeanors. This incident was ridiculed on WWE programming, most notably by the wrestler Edge. The charges were dropped after the witnesses failed to show for a scheduled court appearance.
Flair is sometimes seen attending the Carolina Hurricanes NHL ice hockey games at the RBC Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. When the Hurricanes score, one of a couple of videos appears on the scoreboard. One shows Flair in a Hurricanes jersey saying, "That's another Carolina Hurricanes goal! Woooooo!" Flair is also seen in the open segments of every Carolina Panthers home game. He ends his segment with his trademark "Woooooo" in which the crowd usually imitates. Flair is also a big fan of the South Carolina Gamecocks, and has appeared in the pregame video for the Gamecocks.

Flair has appeared in several motion pictures including: The Wrestler (1974) and Sting: Moment of Truth (2004).

Flair became a grandfather in 2004 when his eldest daughter, Megan Fliehr-Ketzner, gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Morgan Lee Ketzner on May 9.

On May 27, 2006, Ric married his third wife, fitness competitor Tiffany VanDemark.

In September 2007, Flair opened a financial business called Ric Flair Finance.

On March 30th, 2008 Ric Flair retired from Pro Wrestling at WrestleMania.

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tipper said...

Neat. I remember watching Rick Flair after church on Sundays as a child.

Gary said...

Ric is for sure one of my all time favorites. Remarkable to me that he was still wrestling at age 59.

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