WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair has named an oft-overlooked inductee into that exclusive club as one of the greatest wrestling stars of all time.
Ric Flair built a career like no other that saw him capture recognised world championships on sixteen different occasions. For much of his run on top of NWA and WCW Flair surrounded himself by The Four Horseman to ensure his gold stayed around his waist.
The original incarnation of The Horsemen made its mark in Jim Crockett Promotions in the mid-eighties and was comprised of Flair, Tully Blanchard, The Minnesota Wrecking Crew of Ole and Arn Anderson, and their manager James J. Dillon.
However, when the group was inducted into the WWE Hall Of Fame in 2012, it was not the original faction that went in with Ole Anderson replaced by later Horsemen and former NWA World Heavyweight Champion, Barry Windham.
Speaking on his Wooooo Nation Uncensored podcast Ric Flair discussed his rivalry with Windham that saw the two men compete in two hour-long bouts in 1987. According to Ric Flair, Barry Windham is one of the greatest to ever lace up a pair of boots:
“He was so natural, so good. We never talked about anything, we had great chemistry. I wish his name was remembered in more high regard because Barry Windham was one of the greatest of all time. ‘One of the greatest’ – I’ll use that word for Barry Windham all day long.”
“He had a knee injury and a couple of different things. When Barry wanted to and when he was healthy, he was as good as anybody, especially considering he’s 6’6″ and 255-260 pounds.”
Latterly in his career, Barry Windham competed in the World Wrestling Federation as The Stalker before teaming up with a young Bradshaw to form The New Blackjacks.