Ric Flair has shared a recent photo he took with his friend and former member of the Four Horsemen, Steve McMichael, better known to wrestling fans as Mongo.
Before entering the world of pro wrestling in the mid-1990s, McMichael had a hugely successful pro football career that lasted 14 years. During his time as a defensive tackle, he became a Super Bowl champion, and a Chicago bears legend before hanging up his helmet in 1994.
McMichael’s first foray into pro wrestling came in 1995 when he appeared at ringside to support fellow football star Lawrence Taylor at WrestleMania 11. Taylor was in the main event of the show where he took on and defeated WWE star Bam Bam Bigelow.
Later that year, McMichael signed with WCW, initially working as Colour Commentator alongside Bobby Heenan and Eric Bischoff.
In 1996, McMichael became embroiled in a feud with Flair after the Nature Boy began hitting on his then-wife Debra. McMichael challenged Flair and fellow Horseman Arn Anderson to a Tag Team match where he would be joined by Kevin Greene. However, the Four Horsemen offered McMichael a place in the Four Horsemen and a briefcase full of money during the bout. Mongo accepted by hitting Greene over the head with the briefcase.
McMichael spent the next year as a Horseman, joining the team in their feud with the Dungeon of Doom. He also had a rivalry with Jeff Jarrett during this time which culminated in him becoming the WCW United States Champion. After an injury caused Arn Anderson to leave the Four Horsemen late in 1997, Flair took the decision to disband the group. McMichael later retired from wrestling in 1999.
In 2021, Steve McMichael announced that he had been diagnosed with ALS, a degenerative condition which has left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.
Ric Flair visits Steve McMichael in hospital
“Watching The Queen @MsCharlotteWWE with Mongo & Misty!”
— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) January 21, 2023