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In this week’s Media Circus, SI’s Richard Deitsch examines the upcoming 30 for 30 documentary on the life of professional wrestler Ric Flair.
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Retired professional wrestler Ric Flair (proper) and former WCW supervisor Wendy Barlow stroll the crimson carpet previous to the 2017 Indy 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Sunday, May 28, 2017.(Photo: Michelle Pemberton/IndyStar)Buy Photo

“The Nature Boy” Ric Flair has lengthy transcended the world wrestling.

Love him or hate him, the person’s title and picture has turn into iconic, and in some instances, notorious.

His trademark “WOO!” has been used as a rallying cry for mainly each sports activities workforce, together with the Indianapolis Colts. He introduced an additional sprint of swagger to the 2017 Snake Pit when he served because the emcee.

He created a wave of badist and effectively needs on social media when he fell unwell in August, a near-death well being scare he that he was stated was the results of years of alcoholism. 

So even in case you’ve by no means seen a second of professional wrestling, you most likely know the title Ric Flair.

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That’s why his ESPN “30 for 30” documentary, set to air at 10 p.m. Tuesday, is among the station’s most anticipated episodes. It guarantees to offer a uncooked have a look at each the highs and the lows of dwelling life as The Nature Boy.

But earlier than tonight’s premiere, listed below are seven basic Ric Flair moments that everybody ought to take a look at, in no explicit order.

Ric Flair vs. Ricky Steamboat, WrestleWar, 1989

OK, I do know I stated no order. But if there was an order, this might be essentially the most must-see Ric Flair match I can advocate. This entire record might be made up of Flair vs. Steamboat matches as a result of the 2 guys have been magic collectively, however this was THE match that explains why Ric Flair is broadly thought to be the best of all time. 

Ric Flair vs. Shawn Michaels, Wrestlemania 24, 2008

Flair would proceed to wrestle after this match in TNA after leaving WWE, however this was billed as his retirement match, and I nonetheless contemplate it the final true Ric Flair match. It informed an excellent story, it was filled with emotion and Michaels, the opposite man typically referred to as the best in-ring performer, was the right opponent. I can affirm that grown males wept whereas watching this match.

Ric Flair vs. Jay Lethal on the microphone, TNA, 2010

That’s to not say that nothing Flair did throughout TNA was nice. This is not a match, however this microphone change between The Nature Boy and Jay Lethal shouldn’t be ignored. Flair was as filled with the identical type of hearth he had again within the NWA, and Lethal impression of him was cash.

Ric Flair vs. Harley Race, Starrcade, 1983

Much like how Flair helped Sting turn into a star, Harley Race did the identical for Flair. Their rivalry noticed Race go to excessive measure to attempt to finish Flair’s wrestling profession. It was one of many few occasions we actually noticed the percentages stacked towards Flair, and he and Race have wonderful chemistry. 

Ric Flair vs. Sting, Clash of the Champions, 1988

Like Steamboat and Dusty Rhodes, Sting has shared quite a lot of basic moments with Flair. But this was the one which made Sting a star, and represented the man with the painted face and the blonde buzz reduce changing into the brand new face of WCW. 

WWE Royal Rumble, 1992

Now THAT is the way you enter an organization! Fresh from WCW, Ric Flair made his debut within the previously recognized WWF by getting into because the third man within the 30-man Royal Rumble. It was the primary time that the winner of the Rumble can be topped world champ, and naturally, Flair was the one to do it.

Ric Flair vs. Dusty Rhodes, Great American Bash, 1986

Steamboat was Flair’s greatest in-ring adversary. however for my part, Dusty Rhodes will at all times be his best rival as a result of he was the whole lot Flair was not. Flair was the Rolex-wearing, jet-flying celebrity that the women liked. Dusty was the hard-working, blue collar, quirky son of a plumber. And this was the match the place the hard-working underdog acquired the higher of his opponent. 

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