Ric Flair has enjoyed the kind of career that many can only dream of. He was World Champion 16-times (at least) and headlined arenas all over the world. While in the ring he faced some of the biggest and best names the industry had to offer including Dusty Rhodes, Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels and many more.
However, even the Nature Boy has gimmicks that he regrets.
Ric Flair Names “Most Humiliating Thing” He’s Been Through
Back in the late 1980s Ric Flair became wrapped up in a feud with Sting. The idea being that their rivalry would establish the Stinger as a main event-level star and someone who could carry the mantle for Jim Crockett Promotions/WCW as Flair had done.
This led to the acclaimed meeting between the pair at the first-ever Clash of the Champions in 1988 where they battled to a 45-minute draw. However, fast forward to 1990, and Sting needed a fresh opponent. This led to the creation of the mysterious Black Scorpion supposedly from Sting’s past. The only issue being that there was no plan for who the character would be played by.
The persona was played by Ole Anderson in vignettes using voice distortion before being portrayed on television by Al Perez. However, Perez later quit in a dispute over pay, leaving WCW management with a huge problem.
In a desperate bid to rescue the failing angle which was already being heavily criticised for having the Black Scorpion performing magic tricks at shows, WCW bosses turned to Flair. At Starrcade Sting defeated the mysterious figure, who was forced to unmask, revealing themselves to be Ric Flair. The big reveal completely undermining the whole premise of the storyline.
Speaking on his podcast, To Be The Man, Flair said that while he had the opportunity to turn down the angle, he “took one for the team.” Something he quickly regretted.
“I did have the ability to make the call. I took one for the team. Do you think I like laying underneath that ring in St. Louis? A building that I sold out no less than 30 times as the NWA Champion?
That was the most humiliating thing I’ve ever been through in my life, and with how I conducted myself afterward. But I’m never the sh*ts.”
As it transpired Flair’s problems in WCW were only just beginning and the star left the company less than a year later after clashing with President Jim Herd.
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