Did you miss our last article about the humble beginning of Ric Flair? You can click this link to read it. Now let us dive to part two as promised of this juicy legendary chronicle!
The Tragic lightning
Lightning almost halted the Nature Boy's ascent to the top of the wrestling world.Lightning almost halted the Nature Boy's ascent to the top of the wrestling world.According to Flair, he was struck by lightning at one point in the late 1970s.He told the story to Dan Le Batard of ESPN in 2016, saying that he was almost killed after getting off a plane in Richmond, Virginia.“I was getting off a plane in Richmond, Virginia.
They didn’t have the jetways back then, back in the late 70s, and I was late for a match. I was World Champion then, I was wrestling [Ricky] Steamboat at the Richmond Coliseum. Finally… they let us all get off the plane. I got off, I was walking, and I didn’t go 10, maybe 15 feet and all of a sudden I felt this pressure boom, and man, my umbrella shot 50 feet in the air. I thought, 'What the hell?' Lightning hit the top of my umbrella, bounced off and hit the guy in the eye five feet behind me and killed him.
Right there. I just stood there looking at the guy and froze, it scared me to death. People were running out the door to get the guy.”He was slated to defend the WCW Title against one of his legendary rivals, Ricky 'the Dragon' Steamboat.
Although he wasn't killed or injured in the incident, someone else in close proximity to him was.It must have been terrifying to first have that happen and then think that it could have been you instead who died. Man, talk about feeling like a higher power (not Vince McMahon in storyline) has it out for you.It did have an impact on Flair, but he obviously kept going. And it was a good thing he left it in his rearview because he would become one of the greatest wrestlers of all time shortly after the incident.
How Many marriages ?
One could say that Flair's life was certainly a study in life imitating his character's art. The 'Nature Boy' persona was that of a man who dressed in the finest clothes, rode in the most expensive cars and limos and was a ladies' man.Before that persona was really associated with Flair, he married his first wife, Leslie Goodman, in 1971. They would have two children, David and Megan, but divorced 12 years later in 1983.He would marry his second wife, Elizabeth Harrell, in August of 1983. With Harrell, he would have children Reid and Ashley (Charlotte).
The couple was together until they divorced in 2006 after 23 years together.Later in 2006, he would marry his third wife, Tiffany VanDenmark, but the two would divorce in 2008. In 2009, he married his fourth wife, Jackie Beems but the two divorced in 2012.He later married his fifth wife, the former 'Fifi the Maid' in WCW, in September of 2018.
Who really knows why he was married and divorced so many times in his life. Maybe it was his persona taking control outside of the ring or maybe he jumped into the marriages too prematurely.Getting married again so soon after divorcing probably didn't help things, but a psychologist might think that those were the actions of someone who didn't like to be alone.He was either married in the same year he divorced a wife or a year later four times.
Since he was adopted, perhaps he understandably had some issues with abandonment. While we will never quite know for sure, he loves his kids and they obviously love him.David had a run in WCW in the late 1990s but was never above the midcard.
Charlotte is obviously much more talented than David, having already been a women's champion seven times in the WWE.And his son Reid was an amateur wrestler who had signed a WWE Developmental deal in 2007.
On our last epsiode of Ric Flair we tell you about the death of his son. There you have it folks and remember to own a championship belt, all you need to do is click here!!! Amazing offers I tell you!!!