By Ric Flair
With that effective cry, "Nature Boy" Ric aptitude passed his predecessors and his friends to turn into one of many maximum specialist wrestlers in background.
To wrestling lovers, the character Boy is a platinum-blond deity. A sixteen-time global Champion, "Slick Ric" may possibly persuade tv audience momentous lifestyles adventure could move them through in the event that they neglected an upcoming fit. His rivals have been challenged with this easy taunt: "To be the fellow, you might want to beat the man."
From the instant he used to be born, Richard Morgan Fliehr used to be enmeshed in controversy. Like some of the different youngsters followed throughout the Tennessee kid's domestic Society, he had it sounds as if been stolen from his beginning mom and dad. Raised simply outdoors Minneapolis, Ric was once a distracted scholar, an excellent athlete, and a wild occasion boy. Then, an opportunity assembly with Olympic weightlifter Ken Patera, directed aptitude to the realm wrestling.
In 1974, aptitude relocated to Charlotte, North Carolina, igniting the Mid-Atlantic Wrestling advertising. He was once nearly pressured to retire a 12 months later while his again was once damaged in a airplane crash. aptitude recuperated, and in 1981 he may win his first nationwide Wrestling Alliance championship. because the so much traveled champion ever, he as soon as wrestled eighteen hour-long playing cards in the course of a fourteen-day stretch.
sooner than buying global Championship Wrestling in 1988, Ted Turner used to be given coverage that the character Boy would include the package deal. yet Flair's clashes with WCW administration could force him to global Wrestling leisure. whilst he later again to WCW, aptitude collided out and in of the hoop with Hulk Hogan and -- because the corporation disintegrated -- all started wasting his vanity.
Arriving again at WWE in 2001, aptitude was once a damaged guy. What he did not detect was once that wrestlers who'd grown up idolizing him now inhabited the locker room. With their help, he was once eventually capable of declare his legacy and obtain the credits he so well-merited.
To Be the Man lines the increase of 1 of wrestling's such a lot enduring superstars to the top of the activities leisure universe, and is a must-read for each wrestling fan.
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He used to be relocating in the course of the behind the curtain zone with that unmistakable strut—Buddy by no means walked; he simply strutted 24/7—tanned, healthy, and chic. Even from a distance, i spotted an important diamond glowing on his hand. I went over and brought myself, and as we shook palms, he truly stated, “Kid, there’s just one diamond during this enterprise, and you’re him. ” He received no argument from me. in reality, lovely quickly i started doing a edition of his comment in my interviews: “Diamonds are without end, and so is the character Boy! Wooooo! ” On tv, Rogers started belittling me: “You recognize, i locate you good balanced. You’re gentle within the toes, and lightweight within the head. ” He claimed that he’d invented the identify “Nature Boy”—it really got here from a Nat King Cole song—the strut, and the figure-four leglock in the course of a fit I had with Len Denton, Rogers critiqued my functionality to announcer wealthy Landrum. while I locked Denton within the figure-four, Rogers sneered, “You don’t also have his leg at the correct aspect. ” Then he got here into the hoop and started stomping me. Rogers used to be fifty-eight years previous and nowhere close to the quality of athlete he’d been at his top. He couldn’t take loads of photographs or demanding falls. but if we wrestled, he desired to be the hoop normal. He needed to name the photographs in our fit. Like Johnny Valentine, Rogers wasn’t held within the optimum regard through a number of the old-timers—not due to his ring paintings, yet as a result of his angle. He had a background of double-crossing humans within the ring and refusing to lose to rivals after agreeing previously. over and over, i used to be warned to not lose to Rogers. “Ric, no matter what you do with him,” i used to be advised, “you’ll by no means get it again. ” It was once type of unhappy. Rogers had crushed Pat O’Connor in immediately falls for the NWA identify in Chicago’s Comiskey Park in 1961. years later, he’d been selected through Vince McMahon Sr. and his accomplice Toots Mondt to turn into the 1st WWWF champion. yet to lots of Buddy’s friends, it rarely mattered. To them, Rogers was once a self-serving prick who wouldn’t bring up necessary rivals. i presumed approximately myself at Rogers’s age, and the way I by no means desired to be perceived as a man who used to be uncooperative. I don’t imagine Rogers himself learned what an lousy legacy he had. Regardless, he saved his be aware to George Scott. On July 21, 1979, he submitted to my figure-four after a three-minute fit. not just did he do the honors for me, he did it with blood. occasionally a man may have a bad identify with everybody else, yet act great to you. you recognize what, then? It’s now not your challenge. If I listened to what humans stated approximately Vince McMahon, i'd have notion that he was once the largest asshole on the planet. as a substitute, he grew to become out to be a superb man to paintings for, and instantly, he’s my mentor. I’m definite many of the tales approximately blood brother Rogers are precise. yet I’m happy to assert that that Nature Boy did the best factor for this Nature Boy. the only factor I discovered from the adventure was once to pass judgement on humans incidentally they deal with you. IN 1980, DON Owen referred to as Crockett from Oregon. “I obtained a man the following who’s a good talker,” Don acknowledged.