Considered as one man being able to put so many titles to his name is Ric Flair, and to enumerate some are as 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”.
But you might be surprised that he almost did not make it to be the most celebrated champion in the history of sports entertainment. And this is for two reasons, first he was among the five passengers who were injured when an improperly fueled twin engine plane had a mechanical failure and crashed, and then he survived after being struck two times by lightning on October 4, 1975. The back of Flair broke in three areas and so the doctors at that time concluded that he will never wrestle again. 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 wished to say that the plane crash humbled him, but having started enjoying nature that he took his insurance settlement and bought himself a new branded car.
An insurance company insured the body of Flair, while making his name doing wrestling at long hours of marathon matches. Flair became a part of two influential and historical groups that according to him are far from over, and the fact is that he is still idolized by every young sports entertainer. 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.
During his decorated wrestling career, he wrote his autobiography of which turned to be a best seller, and made three videos on his most talked about times in the business of wrestling.
Flair has two stints as Heavyweight champion, although his actual tally of world championship varies depending on the source that could sometimes go to as high as 21. In 1992, Flair also won the 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. The robe, trunks and boots that he wore at Wrestlemania XXIV are being permanently exhibited at a national museum in Washington DC, signifying that Ric Flair is truly the most decorated World Champion in history.