Richard Morgan Fliehr (age 72) was born on 25 February 1949 and is most famous by the name Ric Flair. He is an American retired wrestler and a wrestling manager.

According to several peers and journalists, Ric Flair is among the greatest wrestler in the history of the spot. His career in wrestling has crossed beyond 40 years. 

He is well known for his holdings with World Championship Wrestling, Jim Crockett Promotions, Total Nonstop Action Wrestling, and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, which was renamed as WWE).

He won several titles during his time in JCP and WWE.

Since the mid-70s, Ric used to fight under the name “The Nature Boy”. 

He was a major pay-per-view attraction during his career. Additionally, he also headlined the premier annual NWA/WCW event, Starrcade on ten occasions.

In the year of 1992, after co-headlining the WWF counterpart, WrestleMania, Ric won the Royal Rumble.

He has been awarded the ‘Wrestler of the Year’ title a record-breaking six times by PWI. 

Ric Flair weighs 110 kgs and is 6 ft 1 in tall.

Early life and early career

Ric was born on February 25, 1949, in Memphis, Tennessee, a city along the Mississippi River. His birth name is extensively believed to be Fred Phillips.

His parents are Luther and Olive Phillips but Ric was an adopted son.

His adoptive father was Richard Reid Fliehr (1918–2000) and his adoptive mother was Kathleen Kinsmiller Fliehr (1918–2003).

His mother worked for the Star Tribune and afterward, the Fliehr family settled in Edina, Minnesota.

After ninth grade, for four years, Ric attended the Wayland Academy in Wisconsin. In the academy, he participated in interscholastic wrestling and football.

Ric attended the University of Minnesota, after high school.

Ric’s first wrestling appearance was with International Wrestling Enterprise (IWE) in Japan. His appearance was part of a working agreement between the IWE and AWA.

He competed in IWE’s “Big Summer Series”. All through June and July, he faced several opponents such as Animal Hamaguchi, Great Kusatsu, and Rusher Kimura. 

While Ric had left for the WWF, he was still recognized as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion until September 8 after which the title was officially abandoned.

In November 1992, at the Survivor Series, Ric teamed with Razor Ramon to take on Savage and Perfect. In January 1993, Ric lost a Loser Leaves the WWF match to Mr. Perfect. 

Due to a lawsuit filed by Eric Bischoff, Ric Flair disappeared from WCW television. However, Flair made a surprise return after the case was settled. He solemnly reformed the Four Horsemen.

Ric argued with Bischoff for several months and the two of them faced each other in a match at Starrcade, which was won by Bischoff with the help of a former member of the Four Horsemen, Curt Hennig.

Ric came back the same night and threatened to leave WCW. He also demanded a rematch with Bischoff for the presidency of the company.

Eventually, Ric won the match and as was mentioned in the deal, the position of the president of WCW was given to him. 

In the year 2000, Ric won the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice. This was also the time when he won world titles for the last time in his career.

This was also the company’s last full year of operation.

Flair was also the leader of the wicked group called the Magnificent Seven.

Afterward, Ric announced that he is very happy that WCW finally closed down despite many people losing their jobs.

In October, during an episode of Raw, Triple H teamed up with Ric against Carlito and Chris Masters. Ric and Triple H won that tag team match. However, after the fight Triple H betrayed Ric by hitting him with a sledgehammer.

At Taboo Tuesday in a steel cage match, which he fought against Triple H, Flair won and retained the Intercontinental Championship. 

Personal life

On August 28, 1971, Ric and his wife, Leslie Goodman got married. They had two children together, a daughter, Megan, and a son, David.

However, after twelve years of marriage, Ric and Leslie got divorced.

Promoter Jim Crockett Jr. served as the best man for Ric’s second wedding with Elizabeth Harrell on August 27, 1983.

They had two children together – Ashley (daughter) and Reid (son)

Flair and Elizabeth got divorced in 2006 after nearly 23 years of marriage.

Tiffany VanDenmark, a fitness competitor, happened to be Ric’s third wife. But the two of them got divorced in 2009.

Then in North Carolina in 2012, Ric got married to Jacqueline “Jackie” Beems. However, after 2 years (in 2014), Ric and Jackie got divorced.

Wendy Barlow, who also appeared as Ric’s maid in WCW, got married to Ric and happened to be his fifth wife. 

Controversy

In Charlotte, North Carolina, Ric got involved in a major controversy after he got out of his car and grabbed a guy on the motorbike by the neck. Ric also damaged his vehicle.

As a result, an arrest warrant was issued against him by a judge. The wrestler Edge ridiculed this incident on the WWE program.

In another incident, a lawsuit was filed by Ric’s former employee at Total Nonstop Action Wrestling. The lawsuit claimed that Ric borrowed a large sum of money from him and not returned it.

Ric was then contractually obligated to return the money. 

NameRichard Morgan Fliehr
BornFebruary 25, 1949
Age72
OccupationProfessional wrestling manager
Professional wrestler
Years active1972–present
Billed height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Billed weight243 lb (110 kg)
RetiredDecember 3, 2012

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