Ric Flair is officially recognized by WWE and TNA as a sixteen times world champion: he has held the NWA World Heavyweight Championship eight times, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times and the WWF Championship twice, although the actual number of his reigns vary according to sources (from sixteen to twenty-five titles).
In 2012, he also became the first wrestler in history to be inducted twice into the WWE Hall of Fame, both individually and as a member of the Four Horsemen. Flair's style and hairstyle are inspired by those of Buddy Rogers, who before him had used the Nature Boy's gimmick in the fifties and sixties.
Coincidentally Flair emulated Rogers by becoming the second wrestler to win both the NWA World Heavyweight Championship and the WWF Championship. Flair was also the first wrestler to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, having obtained the title after the WCW secession from the NWA in 1991.
With this he also became the first wrestler to complete the Triple Crown in the WCW, having already held the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Tag Team Championship. In a recent interview with Metro UK, the WWE Hall of Famer discussed The Undertaker’s career.
Ric Flair on The Undertaker
“Whatever he elects to do – and I feel like he’s gonna wrestle again, I have no idea, I haven’t asked him. But I think he’s gonna want to go out one more time and tear it down.
This year, prior to the health issues and the COVID – when I saw he was gonna wrestle AJ I was like, ‘Man that is the guy!'” Ric Flair said. On AJ Styles facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania, he added: “[Styles is] the closest guy to Shawn [Michaels] in our business right now, and it’ll be everything and more because AJ gets it.
He wouldn’t be out there trying to have a wrestling match, he’d be out there to enhance this phenomenal character that’s a once in a lifetime entity in this business. I hope to have the rematch because that’s the match.
That to me – I wouldn’t miss it and I don’t think anyone else would. I just feel like it’s not done yet”. Undertaker was one of the most prominent figures of the Attitude Era, a boom period in the company's business in the latter 1990s.
His character transitioned into a biker in the early 2000s, before returning to a refined version of his previous gimmick in 2004. The Undertaker is heavily associated with WWE's flagship annual event, WrestleMania, where he became known for The Streak, a series of 21 straight victories, and he headlined the event on five occasions.