Let us mention these titles as 16x world heavyweight champion, 2x hall of famer, WCW world heavyweight champion, WWE champion, United States champion, WCW world tag team champion, and WWE tag team champion, and the only person we are referring to is Ric Flair.
Ric Flair always describe himself as “a limousine-ridin, jet-flyin, kiss-stealin, wheelin-dealin, son of a gun” person.
But you might be surprised that he almost did not make it to be the most celebrated champion in the history of sports entertainment. This is because, first, he was struck by lightning two times on October 4, 1975 and survived them, and second, he was among the five passengers of a twin engine plane that was improperly fueled and suffered a mechanical failure and crashed. Flair broke his back in three places and so the doctors then insisted that he can never go back to wrestling 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.
Flair made his name by wrestling matches with long hours of marathon matches, while his body is being insured by an insurance company. 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. Even if you are not familiar with his career, you would know that you are in the ring with Ric Flair when you see his custom-tailored sequined ring robes, his famous nature strut, and the familiar shouts.
He wrote during his celebrated career an autobiography which became a best seller, and he released three videos of the most talked about times in the wrestling business.
His actual tally of world championship sometimes vary depending on the source by some could total to as high as 21, while Flair is recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment and Pro Wrestling Illustrated Champion as a 16 time champion. Flair added to his cap the 1992 Royal Rumble and WWE Intercontinental Championship.
It was on March 30, 2008 Wrestlemania XXIV, that Flair ended his 36-year career, after the night he became the only active wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. Ric Flair is truly the most decorated World Champion in history, with his robe, trunks and boots worn at Wrestlemania XXIV being permanently exhibited at a national museum in Washington DC.