Ric Flair

Birth Day February 25th, 1949
Birth Place Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Age 72 Years Old
Zodiac Sign Pisces

Ric Flair Biography

Richard Morgan Flieh, an American professional wrestling manager and retired professional wrestler signed to WWE is professionally known as Ric Flair who is appearing on the Raw brand as the manager of Lacey Evans. He is widely considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time, he won 16 World Championships during his time competing in the NWA, WCW, and WWF. His professional career spanned from 1972 to 2012. He was introduced to the wrestling business when he met the Vachon brothers while working as a lifeguard as a teenager. He also became the first person to complete WCW's Triple Crown, having already held the United States Heavyweight and World Tag Team Championships and completed WWE's version of the Triple Crown when he won the Intercontinental Championship. Scroll down to read Ric's Full Biography, Interesting Facts, Wiki, Age, Family, Personal Life, Net Worth, & more.

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Famous For

  • Being an American professional wrestling manager and retired professional wrestler signed to WWE.
  • For appearing on the Raw brand as the manager of Lacey Evans.

Where is Ric Flair originally from?

Ric Flair was born on 25th February 1949 with the real name or full name of Richard Morgan Fliehr in Memphis, Tennessee, the U.S. whereas his current residence is in Lawrenceville, Georgia, U.S. His birth name is widely believed to be Fred Phillips, although on different documents he is also credited as Fred Demaree or Stewart. He holds an American nationality and his ethnicity is American-white. He is from the Christianity religion and his race is white. He happily celebrates his birthday on the 25th February of every year and he has celebrated his 71st birthday as of 2020. As per his birthdate, his star sign is Pisces. His biological parents were Luther and Olive Phillips. He was adopted. At the time of his adoption (arranged by the Tennessee Children's Home Society as part of Georgia Tann's baby-kidnapping operation), his adoptive father, Richard Reid Fliehr (1918-2000), was completing a residency in obstetrics and gynecology in Detroit, Michigan. His adoptive mother, Kathleen Kinsmiller Fliehr (1918-2003), worked for the Star Tribune. He was the youngest of two siblings; he has a half-sister, Megan, a half-brother, David, and a sister, Ashley. Additionally, he attended Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin for four years, during which time he participated in interscholastic wrestling, football, and track. After high school, Fliehr briefly attended the University of Minnesota.

Ric Flair WWE Career



Professional wrestling career

  • Ric Flair began his wrestling career by attending Gagne's first wrestling camp with Greg Gagne, "Jumpin'" Jim Brunzell where he made his debut in Rice Lake, Wisconsin, battling George "Scrap Iron" Gadaski to a 10-minute draw while adopting the ring name Ric Flair on 10th December 1972 and made his first appearances in Japan in 1973 with International Wrestling Enterprise (IWE) as part of a working agreement between the IWE and AWA promoter Verne Gagne. 
  • He then left the AWA for Jim Crockett's Mid-Atlantic region in the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and he soon captured his first singles title, when on 9th February 1975, he beat Paul Jones for the Mid-Atlantic TV Championship as he defeated Bobo Brazil on July 29, 1977, in Richmond, Virginia and won the NWA United States Heavyweight Championship. Harley Race won the NWA World Heavyweight Championship from Flair in 1983, but Flair regained the title at Starrcade in a steel cage match.
  • Later, he lost the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in Detroit to Ron Garvin on 25th September 1987 as Sting and Flair fought to a 45-minute time-limit draw at the first-ever "Clash of the Champions" in early 1988 however, he dropped the title to Sting at The Great American Bash on 7th July 1990. After being unmasked as The Black Scorpion at Starrcade in 1990, Flair regained the title from Sting on 11th January 1991.
  • As well, he was recognized by WCW as the first WCW World Heavyweight Champion as he had a contract dispute with WCW president Jim Herd in the spring of 1991, but Flair had resigned as a head booker in February 1990 and Herd wanted to reduce Flair's role in the promotion even further, despite the fact that Flair was still a top draw.
  • He then started working tours for All Japan Pro Wrestling (AJPW) where he challenged for the NWA United National Championship in a losing effort on 27th April 1978 however, he defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship in All Japan and also wrestled Rick Martel in a double title match where he defended the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and challenged for the AWA World Heavyweight Championship, but the match ended in a double count-out. 
  • All Japan announced on 2nd January 2013 that Flair would make his return to AJPW for the first time in five years on 26th January 2013, teaming with Keiji Mutoh to take on Tatsumi Fujinami and Seiya Sanada.
  • After that, he signed with the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in August 1991 and started starring on television with the Big Gold Belt as  Flair won the Rumble match to claim the vacant WWF Championship at the 1992 Royal Rumble.
  • On 15th September 1992, Flair defended the WWF Championship against Genichiro Tenryu at a Wrestle Association R event in Yokohama, Japan; the match ended in a draw whereas his second reign ended when he lost the title to Bret Hart on 12th October 1992.
  • Ric appeared in the Royal Rumble in January 1993, then lost a Loser Leaves the WWF match to Mr. Perfect on the next night's (25th January 1993) Monday Night Raw in a match taped six days earlier.
  • He later returned to WCW as a hero in February 1993 as he also began appearing as a part-time manager for Vader after attacking Hogan at Superbrawl V, but he soon afterward returned to wrestling.
  • Flair played a major role in the New World Order (nWo) invasion storyline in late 1996 and throughout 1997 however, he disappeared from WCW television in April 1988, due to a lawsuit filed by Eric Bischoff for no-showing a live episode of Thunder on 16th April 1998 in Tallahassee, Florida. Flair made a surprise return on 14th September 1998 to ceremoniously reform the Four Horsemen after the case was settled.
  • Flair's reign as president came to an end on the 19th July episode of "Nitro", when he faced and lost to Sting for the position as he on his last world titles in his career by winning the WCW World Heavyweight Championship twice during 2000.
  • He also participated in the G1 Climax tournament in New Japan Pro-Wrestling (NJPW) in August 1995, where he beat Shiro Koshinaka, drew Masahiro Chono, and lost to Keiji Mutoh though he challenged Shinya Hashimoto for the IWGP Heavyweight Championship in a losing effort in NJPW on 17th July 1978.
  • Then, he made a return to the WWF on 19th November 2001, and his new on-screen role was that of the co-owner of the WWF as well as wrestled The Undertaker at WrestleMania X8 in March 2002 where Flair lost.
  • Batista teamed with Flair to win the World Tag Team Championship from the Dudley Boyz as they successfully defended the World Tag Team Championship against the Dudley Boyz in a tables match, but they lost the World Tag Team Championship on February 16 edition of Raw to Booker T and Rob Van Dam.
  • Also, he had a feud with Edge at the end of 2005 that culminated in a WWE Championship Tables, Ladders, and Chairs match on Raw in early 2006, which Flair lost as well as he lost the Intercontinental Championship to Shelton Benjamin, thus ending his reign at 155 days on the 20th February episodes of "Raw".
  • Ric was drafted to the "SmackDown!" brand as part of the 2007 WWE draft on the 11th June episode of "Raw" whereas he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame as a part of the class of 2008 by Triple H on 29th March 2008.
  • He made his first post-retirement appearance on the 16th June 2008 episode of "Raw" to confront Chris Jericho about his actions during a rivalry with Shawn Michaels. 
  • Moreover, he signed with Ring of Honor (ROH) and appeared at the "Stylin' And Profilin'" event in March 2009 as he soon served as the company's ambassador, in an on-screen authority role, and appeared on the television show "Ring of Honor" Wrestling in May to cement his role.
  • Again, he returned to the ring as a villain on the "Hulkamania: Let The Battle Begin" tour of Australia on 21st November 2009 although he also on 4th January 2010 episode of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling's (TNA) "Impact!", Flair made his debut appearance for the company arriving via limo and later observing the main event between A.J. Styles and longtime rival Kurt Angle.
  • On the 17th June episode of "Impact!", Flair announced that he would reform the Four Horsemen under the new name Fortune, he made a return to the ring on 11th July at Victory Road, losing to Jay Lethal.
  • Later, he returned to the ring, competing in a match where he faced Matt Morgan on the 18th November episode of "Impact!" though it was reported on 25th January 2011 that he had pulled out of TNA's Maximum Wooo! tour of Europe mid-tour after monetary disputes.
  • He returned to television in a non-wrestling role on the 12th May 2011 episode of "Impact!" as he did not appear again for three months, until making his return on 9th August at the tapings of the 18th August episode of "Impact Wrestling".
  • Having been inactive since his September 2011 injury, Ric announced in a 3rd December 2012 interview that he would never wrestle again, owing chiefly to an on-air heart attack suffered by age peer Jerry Lawler following a Raw match three months earlier. 
  • He became the first person to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice on 31st March 2012, the second time as part of the class of 2012 with The Four Horsemen as he returned to WWE as a non-wrestling personality on the annual Slammy Awards shows to present the Superstar of the Year award to John Cena on 17th December 2012.
  • He also occasionally appeared on "NXT" in 2013 and 2014, accompanying his daughter Charlotte to the ring whereas he appeared on 28th April 2014 episode of Raw, alongside the reunited Evolution (minus Flair) and The Shield; Flair showed his endorsement for The Shield though he began making more frequent appearances with Charlotte after she won the Divas Championship.
  • Flair and Charlotte began displaying villainous traits in January 2016 which lasted until the 23rd May 2016 episode of Raw, when Charlotte turned on him. Ric then returned to congratulate the new Raw Women's Champion Sasha Banks, who had defeated Charlotte to win the title on the 28th November 2016 episode of "Raw".
  • He came back to WWE programming turning heel for the first time since 2005 in WWE during the summer of 2020, supporting Randy Orton for a few weeks until the 10th August episode of Raw, when Orton performed a punt kick on Flair's head.
  • He made an appearance at Survivor Series during The Undertaker's retirement ceremony on 22nd November 2020 as he appeared with numerous legends on Raw Legends Night on 4th January 2021.
  • Ric turned heel again by causing Charlotte to lose her match to Lacey Evans on the 11th January 2021 episode of Raw, aligning himself with Evans in the process.

Other media

  • Ric Flair, along with other WCW wrestlers, has starred in an episode of "Baywatch" as themselves in 1996 however, Ric made an appearance in "Stuff You Should Know", in the episode, "Bacteriopolis", as Dr. Roland Grayson.
  • He has also voiced himself in the animated series, "Uncle Grandpa" in 2014 as well as he voiced himself in the animated series, "The Cleveland Show", in the episode, "BFFs" in 2011.
  • Besides, he released his autobiography, "To Be the Man", on 6th July 2004, after then he voiced Commander Douglas Hill in the video game "Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 - Uprising" in 2009.
  • He made his feature film debut, appearing in "Magic Mike XXL" in 2015, and also he as host of a podcast titled "WOOOOO! Nation" from May 2015 to April 2016 as he returned to podcasting on MLW Radio with a new show called "The Ric Flair Show" in July 2016.
  • He can also be seen in a new commercial video entitled "No Extra Flair" on 2nd August 2018.

Politics

  • Ric has long supported Republican political candidates in North Carolina politics, whereas he declared his support for the Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee in the 2008 presidential election. He said of Huckabee, "Huckabee is a quality person, self-made, a great family man and he has a great vision for our country. And I'm here to excite the crowd".
  • He endorsed Ted Cruz during the 2016 presidential election however he announced in 2016 that he was running for president, with Waka Flocka Flame as his running mate. However, he did not file a Statement of Candidacy (FEC Form 2).

Real-life feuds and backstage problems

  • Ric Flair threatened legal action against WWE and filed a trademark for the term "The Man" in September 2019, which was being used as a nickname by heavily promoted wrestler Becky Lynch. The threats of legal action caused a rift between Flair and his daughter Charlotte, who was Lynch's onscreen nemesis at the time. Lynch responded to the actions by asserting that she still liked and respected Flair. Ric transferred the rights to "The Man" nickname and gimmick to WWE in May 2020. The terms of the transfer were undisclosed.

Ric Flair Awards and Achievements 

The Baltimore Sun

  • Match of the Year (2008) vs. Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania XXIV

International Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

  • Class of 2021

George Tragos/Lou Thesz Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame

  • Class of 2013

Mid-Atlantic Championship Wrestling/Jim Crockett Promotions/World Championship Wrestling

  • WCW World Heavyweight Championship (7 times) 
  • WCW International World Heavyweight Championship (2 times)
  • NWA Mid-Atlantic Heavyweight Championship (3 times)

National Wrestling Alliance

  • NWA World Heavyweight Championship (9 times)
  • NWA Hall of Fame (Class of 2008)

Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame and Museum

  • Class of 2006

St. Louis Wrestling Club

  • NWA Missouri Heavyweight Championship (1 time) 

St. Louis Wrestling Hall of Fame

  • Class of 2007

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Best Heel (1990)
  • Best Interviews (1991, 1992, 1994)
  • Hardest Worker (1982,1984-1988)
  • Feud of the Year (1989) vs. Terry Funk

Ric Flair Wife, Daughter, and Son


Reflecting on Ric Flair's personal life, he is a married guy. He tied a knot with his first wife, Leslie Goodman, on 28th August 1971. They had two children, daughter Megan and son David, before divorcing in 1983 after twelve years of marriage. After that, on 27th August 1983, he married his second wife, Elizabeth Harrell. Promoter Jim Crockett Jr. served as the best man for the wedding. The pair had two children, daughter Ashley, and son Reid. Beth and their children also made periodic appearances in WCW between 1998 and 2000. Again, Flair and Beth divorced in 2006 after nearly 23 years of marriage. He then married his third wife Tiffany VanDemark on 27th May 2006, a fitness competitor. In 2008, Tiffany filed for divorce from Flair, which was finalized in 2009. On 11th November 2009, Ric married his fourth wife, Jacqueline "Jackie" Beems, in Charlotte, North Carolina. In 2012, Ric again filed for divorce from Beems, which was finalized in 2014. Flair married his fifth wife, Wendy Barlow (known as Fifi, his "maid" in WCW), on 12th September 2018, at a resort in Florida. Additionally, Ric became a grandfather at the age of 55 in 2004, when his older daughter, Megan Fliehr Ketzner, gave birth to her first child, a daughter named Morgan Lee Ketzner on 9th May. On 17th May 2012, it was reported that Flair's daughter Ashley had signed with WWE adopting the ring name, Charlotte (which was later changed to include the Flair surname). Furthermore, talking about his sexual orientation, he is straight.

Ric Flair Net Worth 

Moving towards Ric Flair's net worth, he has a worth of around $3 million as of 2021 whereas he also earns a fine amount of salary too which is around $35000 per month. He has earned a handsome amount of money from his career as his major source of income is from his wrestling and professional wrestling manager career. He has not done any endorsement work yet.

Ric Flair Height and Weight 

The height of handsome and versatile wrestler as well as professional wrestling manager,  Ric Flair is around 6 ft 1 in however his body weight is around 110 kg. He has blonde hair and green eyes color as his body build type is athletic. Flair has a heart condition called alcoholic cardiomyopathy as he had surgery in Georgia to remove an obstructive piece of his bowel on 14th August 2017, which led to various complications, most seriously kidney failure, necessitating dialysis treatment and ongoing hospitalization. He was discharged from rehabilitation and allowed to return home on 21st September.

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