Friday, August 17, 2012

Ric Flair Fridays: Boxers in Baltimore

Whether you like it, or you don't, learn to love it! Because it's the best thing going every Friday at the Coop. All the ability! All the looks! Sixteen times the World Champion! It's Ric Flair Fridays! WOOOOOOO!

 It's Friday, birds! But you better not be tryin' to grab your bowl, baby. Leave the cereal in the cupboard and reach for that sequined robe, because Friday belongs to the Nature Boy!

 We're going to switch things up a little here this week, and focus on another aspect of Flair that many would argue is his best. Of course, I'm referring to his excellent work behind the microphone. Whenever Ric spoke, the world of professional wrestling would always listen. From his days with Tully, Arn, Ole, and JJ in the NWA, to his tenures in the WCW and WWE, Ric was a natural at cutting a promo. When he spoke, the world stopped and listened. He could make you love him, and he could make you hate his guts. That's the kind of showman he is.

 One of my favorite examples of Ric's mic work was during an episode of WCW Monday Nitro back in December of 1998. Ric had just wrestled with WCW figurehead turned NWO sympathizer Eric Bischoff at that year's Starcade PPV the night before. Thanks to interference from Curt Hennig, Bischoff got the upper hand against Flair and pinned him for the 3 count. Seeming dejected, and ready to call it quits, Flair makes a surprise appearance in Baltimore to address his adoring public one last time. Or perhaps....? (props to KingsofKings92 over at Youtube for sharing the vid!)

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