Ric Flair is officially recognized by WWE as a 16-time world champion (eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and two-time WWF Champion), although the number of his world championship reigns varies by source, ranging from 16 to 25.
He has claimed to be a 21-time champion. He was the first holder of the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship (which he also held last). As the inaugural WCW World Heavyweight Champion, he became the first person to complete WCW's Triple Crown, having already held the United States Heavyweight and World Tag Team Championships.
He then completed WWE's version of the Triple Crown when he won the Intercontinental Championship, after already holding the WWF Championship and the World Tag Team Championship. In a long interview with WrestlingInc.com, Flair discussed the WWE product: “I think Vince leaves a lot of the creative up to other people now.
That’s my understanding. And where, at one time, you could say he was in total control of creative, I don’t think that’s the case anymore. And I see that they’re moving people in, and out, and around now; I think they’re trying to figure out exactly what’s going on.
This is one of those times in the business where they are looking for ‘The Guy’… ‘The Guy’ being Hulk Hogan – I’m going WWE – ‘The Guy’ being Roddy Piper, ‘The Guy’ being Shawn Michaels, ‘The Guy’ being Hunter [Triple H], ‘The Guy’ being Undertaker, ‘The Guy’ being The Rock, ‘The Guy’ being Stone Cold”.