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Richard Morgan "Ric" Fliehr (born February 25, 1949) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to the WWE under a legends appearance contract. He is better known by his ring name Ric Flair. Also known as "The Nature Boy," Flair is considered to be one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time with a career that spans over 40 years. He is noted for his lengthy and highly decorated tenures with the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA), World Championship Wrestling (WCW), the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE), and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).
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Ric Flair was born on February 25, 1949. Various places have been given for his birthplace; in his autobiography Flair claims he was born in Memphis, Tennessee. His birth name is not known due to a scandal at the Tennessee Children`s Home Society in Memphis. His adopted parents named him Richard Fliehr.
As a teen, Fliehr took a job as a lifeguard at a local pool, where he received his first exposure to the wrestling business when he met the legendary Vachon brothers. In both 1966 and 1968, Fliehr won the state private school wrestling championship; and he was then recruited to the University of Minnesota on a football scholarship, where he played alongside Greg Gagne, the son of AWA kingpin Verne Gagne. Fliehr dropped out of college before receiving his degree, and he then worked as a bouncer at a nearby club, where he met Olympic weightlifter Ken Patera, who was preparing for a ring career at Verne Gagne’s wrestling school. Patera introduced Fliehr to Verne Gagne, who agreed to take him on as a member of what would be perhaps the single greatest training class in wrestling history (in addition to Ric Flair and Ken Patera, the group also included Greg Gagne, the Iron Sheik and Jim Brunzell).
In 2004, Flair engaged in an off-screen rivalry with Bret Hart, in which both claimed to be the best wrestler of all time and accused each other of performing the same routines in most of their matches. In Flair`s autobiography, Flair criticizes Hart over exploiting the death of his brother, Owen Hart, and the controversy surrounding the Montreal Screwjob. Flair also makes mention in his biography that he personally "never saw dollar signs" on Bret Hart in reference to what he claims as Bret being a poor draw in the United States.
Flair has had a long running feud with Shane Douglas. Douglas accused Flair of sabotaging his push in the NWA/WCW after getting a solid push and a rub from his tag team partner Ricky Steamboat. Flair, in turn, would respond that Douglas was always the guy that would blame his shortcomings on others. He called Douglas out as well as accused him of steroid abuse during a broadcast of the Internet radio show WCW Live! in which he said that he would meet him anytime and anywhere if he "took the needle out of his ass." They were able to come to a working relationship during Douglas` last stint with WCW.
Flair has also had issues with Mick Foley. In his 1999 autobiography Have a Nice Day!, Foley said that "Flair was every bit as bad on the booking side of things as he was great on the wrestling side of it." This was in reference to how poorly Foley thought he was booked during his WCW career when Flair was on the booking committee.
Flair responded in his autobiography, writing, "I do not care how many thumbtacks Mick Foley has fallen on, how many ladders he`s fallen off, how many continents he`s supposedly bled on, he will always be known as a glorified stuntman."
In 2006, the two men got involved in an on-screen feud on WWE television regarding their past, despite Foley`s statement on his blog on WWE.com that the two have come to an understanding in real life and are on good terms with each other now.
Flair does not know his full birth name. In the opening chapter of his autobiography To Be the Man, titled "Black Market Baby," he notes that his birth name is given on different documents as Fred Phillips, Fred Demaree, and Fred Stewart. The chapter title is a reference to the fact that the Tennessee Children`s Home Society, the agency with which he was placed for adoption, was revealed in 1950 to have fraudulently induced thousands of mothers to give up their children for adoption. The future Ric Flair was adopted when he was six weeks old by a physician (father), Richard Reid Fliehr, and a theater writer (mother), Kathleen Virginia Kinsmiller. At the time of his adoption, his father was completing a residency in gynecology in Detroit. Shortly afterwards, the family settled in Edina, Minnesota, where the young Richard Fliehr lived throughout his childhood. He later attended Wayland Academy, a coeducational boarding school in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.
Flair`s son David is a semi-retired professional wrestler. Flair`s younger son Reid, who signed a developmental contract with WWE near the end of 2007, is an accomplished high school wrestler and made several appearances on WCW television along with his sister Ashley and half-sister Megan. Flair is not related to the Andersons, though he was billed as their cousin in the various NWA territories and WCW.
In December 2005, a magistrate issued arrest warrants for Flair after a road rage incident that took place in Charlotte, North Carolina, in which Flair allegedly got out of his car, grabbed a motorist by the neck, and kicked the door of the motorist`s sport utility vehicle
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Ashley Fliehr (daughter) (wresler), David Fliehr (son) (wrestler), Reid Fliehr (son) (wrestler)
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Ric Flair is in a long-term relationship with Wendy Barlow.
He was married to Jacqueline Beems from 2009 to 2002, Tiffany VanDemark from 2006 to 2008, Elizabeth Flair from 1983 to 2006 and Leslie Goodman from 1971 to 0000.
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