Ric Flair has many titles to his belt, among them are being 16x world heavyweight champion, 2x hall of famer, WCW world heavyweight champion, WWE champion, United States champion, Intercontinental champion, WCW world tag team champion and WWE tag team champion.
A person who always knew who he was is Ric Flair with a description of himself as “a limousine-ridin, jet-flyin, kiss-stealin, wheelin-dealin, son of a gun”.
However, it may come as a surprise to you if you will be told that he almost did not make it to be on the list as the most celebrated champion in the history of sports entertainment. This is because, first, he was struck by lightning two times on October 4, 1975 and survived them, and second, he was among the five passengers of a twin engine plane that was improperly fueled and suffered a mechanical failure and crashed. The doctors at that time insisted that Flair will never wrestle again because he broke his back in three places. And you know what he did – he ignored the doctors, went on rehab, and become the legend of the ring with a so-called flair for championship gold. He had started to enjoy nature and did not look back to the point of taking his insurance settlement just to buy a nice brand of a car, and wished if only the plane crash humbled his ways.
An insurance company insured the body of Flair, while making his name doing wrestling at long hours of marathon matches. There are two influential and historical factions that Flair is a part of and of which known by him to be far from being ended, and among the young entertainers of sports, he is the one still idolized. You may not be familiar with his career, but his custom-tailored sequined ring robes, the way he strut, and the familiar shouts would tell you that you are in the crowd of Ric Flair.
When he was at the top of his career, he wrote an autobiography which became the best seller, and then he released three videos that featured his storied time in the wrestling industry.
His actual tally of world championship sometimes vary depending on the source by some could total to as high as 21, while Flair is recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment and Pro Wrestling Illustrated Champion as a 16 time champion. Flair further added to his titles the Championship in the 1992 Royal Rumble and the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
Flair ended his 36-year career on March 30, 2008 during the WrestleMania XXIV after the night he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as the only active wrestler. It is undeniable that Ric Flair is truly the most decorated World Champion in history, with his robe, trunks and boots that he wore at Wrestlemania XXIV being exhibited at a national museum in Washington DC.