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 had started to enjoy nature and did not look back to the point of taking his insurance settlement just to buy a nice brand of a car, and wished if only the plane crash humbled his ways.
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. 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.
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.
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. Flair further added to his titles the Championship in the 1992 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. It is undeniable that Ric Flair is truly the most decorated World Champion in history, with his robe, trunks and boots that he wore at Wrestlemania XXIV being exhibited at a national museum in Washington DC.