Ric Flair, the WWE legend known to millionS as The Nature Boy, was the subject of his very own 30 For 30 ESPN documentary this week and it didn’t disappoint.
The 30 For 30 documentary series has garnered a reputation for delivering fascinating films on some of sport’s most notable players, teams and individuals.
This focus on the life and times of Flair, a hellraiser during his younger days as a wrestler, offered a similarly fascinating glimpse into the story of how his cocky wrestling persona began to bleed into his personal life with dire consequences.
At one point during the documentary, Flair admits “there’s no way I should be alive after some of the stuff I’ve done” and he’s not wrong. Here are just five of the biggest revelations to emerge from the documentary.
Ric Flair drank a crazy amount everyday
In the film, recalls the following exchange with a sports psychologist and it’s something of an eye-opener:
“[He asked] ‘How much do you drink a day?’ I said, ‘I’ll drink at least 10 beers, and probably five mixed drinks.’ He said, ‘Well, how many days a week do you do that?’ I said, ‘Every day.’ He said, ‘Well, how do you mean every day?’ I said, ‘I work every day. I drink a beer in the car, I get to the hotel and I drink vodka.’ He came out of his chair and [said], ‘You drink every day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and you’ve been doing that for how long?’ I said, ‘Well, let me see. It’s 1989, I started in ’72, you do the math. Almost 20 years.’ He said, ‘That’s not possible.’ I said, ‘Oh yeah, it is.’ By the time I got through with that son of a bitch, he was laying on the couch and I was on the chair talking to him.”
He Insists He Slept With 10,000 Women
The WWE legend’s promiscuity is already well-documented but Flair claims he’s slept with a total of 10,000 women during the course of his career. Some people are skeptical of course, claiming his brag sounds a little too similar to the one offered up by the late NBA legend Wilt Chamberlain.
But Flair has this to say on the subject: “Let me tell you something, if you’re wrestling and you’re in Hutchinson, Kansas, and you’re gonna spend the night there, I’m gonna find something to do. I’m not going through that night by myself.”
Flair Stole His Nature Boy Moniker
Ric Flair actually stole his “Nature Boy” persona from fellow wrestler Buddy Rogers in a move that sparked a feud between the pair.
“I had a really cool gimmick—the robes and everything. I was the modern-day Buddy Rogers, but I took Buddy Rogers stuff to a whole different level,” Flair said on the film.
His Trademark “Woo” Has A Weird Origin
According to Flair, his habit of shouting “woo!” was inspired by a member of the original Rat Pack themselves – but it wasn’t Dean Martin or Frank Sinatra.
In the documentary, Flair explains: “I loved Jerry Lee Lewis…in ‘Great Balls of Fire’ [he sings] ‘woo.’ I give them the ‘WOO’ or the ‘woo, woo’ or the ‘woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, woo, WOO.'”
Why He Wasn’t As Big A Star As Hulk Hogan
According to ESPN’s Phil Mackey, Flair described the key difference between himself and WWE rival Hulk Hogan as this: “He was selling vitamins and milk. I was selling sex and booze.”
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