Last year I started the Wrestling View Hall of Fame, and inducted 3 people, which you can see here. I said back then that I would continue the HOF with just ONE inductee every year to keep it as special and elite as possible, and that is exactly what I’m doing!
WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! With Vince, Hogan and Piper already in the HOF, it made perfect sense that The Nature Boy Ric Flair would be the next inductee! His career has spanned over 40 years, where he has wrestled in almost every territory available to him in the US, as well as various promotions around the world including Europe and Japan! He was one of the major players in the NWA throughout the 1980’s, helping Jim Crockett Promotions in particular become one of the largest wrestling promotions in the world as he toured the country as NWA Champion on numerous occasions. Flair also spent time in the WWF in the early 90’s, winning the WWF Championship on 2 occasions before returning to WCW (formally JCP) and going on to increase his world title wins to a record 16 (though this is often disputed, sometimes being referred to as high as 20 times). Following the demise of WCW, Flair made his way back to the WWF (soon to be renamed to WWE) in a non wrestling role, but it wouldn’t be long before he got back into the ring and squared off against the likes of Vince McMahon, Undertaker, Steve Austin, Triple H, The Rock, Hulk Hogan, Brock Lesnar and many more!!! Over the years he has been apart of some of the biggest factions in wrestling, the first being The Four Horsemen who dominated JCP and WCW for many years, and then WWE’s version (in a way) known as Evolution. His WWE in ring career ended at the hands of Shawn Michaels in an emotional WrestleMania match in 2008, however Flair still wanted to compete inside the ring, and joined with TNA to do just that! Since then he has again returned to WWE, but strictly in a non wrestling role, making the odd appearance when asked. The 16 time World Heavyweight Champion has left a legacy that few people in the business can even come close to. Often considered to be the greatest wrestler of all time, his catalogue of great matches is perhaps unmatched, featuring unforgettable bouts against Ricky Steamboat, Terry Funk, Barry Windham, Dusty Rhodes, Wahoo McDaniel, Hulk Hogan, The Undertaker, Vince McMahon, Sting, Vader, and a long list of “whose who” in the wrestling business over the last 4 decades. But his in ring talent was only part of what made him great, as his incredible charisma and promos made him a larger than life superstar. His trademark robes, entrance music, and the fact he truly lived the life of a rock star when the cameras were off made him one of the most likeable heels in the business. He could still get booed out of the building, but at the same time always had his fans, and people would always pay to see the Nature Boy in action. Ric’s ability to go 60 minutes every night and give the performance of a lifetime in every match earned him the respect of so many people, and helped him maintain a main event status for almost his entire career. He truly is one of the all time greats. A legend. An Icon. He is The Nature Boy Ric Flair, and he is now apart of the Wrestling View Hall of Fame!!!