But one guy I just didn't understand was Ric Flair.
I guess for most humble, small-town kids he simply wasn't a wrestler you'd gravitate toward, what with his braggadocio and expensive clothing and elaborate robes and all.
But over the past year or so I've added the first two cards to my wrestling card collection—Hulk Hogan and Macho Man Randy Savage—and it's caused me to take a look back at 1980s and 1990s wrestling as a whole. Seeing the entire picture now, as an adult, makes me think that Ric Flair was absolutely hilarious. And brilliant.
I mean, take a typical wrestler's persona and then multiply it to the nth power. What do you get?
You get Ric Flair.
|1991 Impel WCW #45, Ric Flair|
You get exactly Ric Flair.
From his trademark "Woooo!" to his wheelin' and dealin' to this pre-match discourse of supreme confidence:
I know, I know. It's goofy. And ridiculous. But it's also perfect. So I had to add the Ric Flair card you see above to my wrestling collection.
Here's to the man. I hope all of you add a "Woooo!" to your comments.