Last night the world was privy to see into the life of the Nature Boy Ric Flair and man it was really fantastic. Espn has their problems but they really know how to put together a documentary about anything that hits all the feels that even for guys like myself who know a good deal amount about Ric Flair. So for anyone who watched it who doesn’t really know much about Ric Flair or the wrestling business, you came away with an image of a guy who lived one of the hardest lives, though self inflicted, who was one person and then transformed into a completely different person; the Nature Boy.
I’ve seen many of his matches and I’ve seen all the promos and quote many of them. So I knew the documentary was going to be full of them. Great for folks who were unsure who Ric was. The stories of Ric on the road are nothing short of legendary. The plane ride where he had his robe on where he took it out to the story that I never heard before where he was with Jim Ross after a show. Instead of just relaxing and jut buying a few rounds for each other Ric decided to buy 137 Kamikazes and served to everybody at the bar.
We knew Ric lived the gimmick outside of the ring. We knew about all the women he was with throughout all his marriages and we knew about all the drinking he’s done, which nearly took his life this summer. But when he went to the therapist and told the guy that he drinks 10 beers and 5 mixed drinks a day, I nearly marked out. That’s just insane to think about.
It was interesting to see The Undertaker out of character or perhaps he reverted back to the American Bad Bad Ass gimmick for the interview. He spoke very highly of Ric. Same with Road Warrior Animal who apparently couldn’t do the interview without his face paint. That made no sense to me because Sting did it without the paint. The most interesting former wrestler who they had on there was Hulk Hogan. Hogan said as plain as he could that Ric was 10 times better than he was. Hogan couldn’t be any more complimentary.
The middle of the documentary gets into how much of a terrible father and husband Ric was and Ric didn’t shy away from saying he was a terrible husband and father. He said he tried monogamy for 24 hours and hated it. He said that when he would go home, he hated it and would go out to Greg Valentine’s house and get nuts there. The guy couldn’t turn it off and chill. Just doesn’t have that in him to just hangout and watch movies and sports like the rest of us. He needs to be out at a bar where the possibility of something crazy can happen. He lives for it, literally. But that’s what made the character Ric Flair the greatest ever. When you watch the old clips of it you can tell this guy was genuine with what he was saying.
The last half hour of the documentary got very dark because it delved into the death of Ric’s youngest son Reid. I remember when that happened and it was a big deal. Naturally Ric responded to Reid’s death by turning to the substance that he was involved with for majority of his life, alcohol. Things got real bad for him and thankfully Triple H helped him get his head on straight.
It was also nice to see Ashleigh(Charlotte) Flair say that she took Reid’s dream of wrestling and honors him by doing as much as she could in the business and currently she’s on her way of being the greatest women’s wrestler of all time.
The whole thing ended with Ric talking about how he hopes he gets remembered
“It’s easy to say you want to be thought of as the best father that ever lived, but I wasn’t. And I certainly wasn’t the best husband. So I guess I’ll just have to settle for wanting to be thought of as the greatest wrestler and the most entertaining wrestler that ever lived.”
Sort of shocking to hear someone say they were awful at parenting and marriage but I don’t think anyone is that blown away by this admission by Ric.
I’m writing this and I know there is a ton I left out. This is the cliff notes of the documentary. My advice is to DVR 30 for 30 and watch it immediately or find it on-line. It’s important that you view this.
The reaction from the internet has been amazing as well