WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair has reflected on his monumental WWE Championship win at the 19992 Royal Rumble and says that night changed his life.
It’s hard to imagine a time during Ric Flair’s wrestling career when The Nature Boy was down on his luck and extremely short on confidence. However, back in 1991 Flair was on the outs with WCW as new boss Jim Herd wanted to completely overhaul Flair’s character.
Rather than go along with changes that he didn’t agree with, Ric Flair did the unthinkable and headed north to the then-WWF. Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan proudly boasted that he was bringing “the real world champion” to the company and before long Flair was by his side.
Just a few months after the defection Ric Flair could call himself world champion once again as he captured the WWE Title by memorably winning the 1992 Royal Rumble match, last eliminating Sid Justice with more than a little help from Hulk Hogan.
Speaking to Sky Sports, Flair reiterated how important that day and win was in the life and career of The Nature Boy:
“What made it special was, number one – I didn’t know I was going to win it, and number two I had just left Atlanta (WCW) with no self-confidence, I just couldn’t figure out how Jim Herd couldn’t see who I was, he didn’t understand.”
“I went from Atlanta to Albany, New York, and my life changed in one day. Literally one day, that’s the truth. One day I was just trying to figure out what I was going to do and the next day I was the champion.”
After his historic win, Flair cut a promo that is repeated to this day as he proclaimed “with a tear in my eye, this is the greatest moment of my life.” Ric Flair explained he only found out about the interview on his way to the back and he directed every word to his former employer:
“When I was walking back down the aisle, Pat Patterson came to me and said ‘you’ve got a promo’. That was it. He said ‘talk about how happy you are’ and I said ‘no problem’. What I said was directed right at Jim Herd and anyone who had anything to do with WCW.”