Ric Flair is officially recognized by WWE and TNA as a sixteen-time 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 induced 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 had used the Nature Boy's gimmick before him in the 1950s and 1960s.
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. Speaking with TV Insider, Ric expressed his thoughts on WWE’s declining ratings.
Ric Flair on WWE’s declining ratings
“I’ve been watching wrestling for a long time. I don’t pay attention to the competition. So I’m not sure what RAW or the other shows are really up against.
I think it’s the whole thing right now. Believe it or not, I do think sitting at home watching, it is fun to watch in front of a large audience. That can affect it. But in terms of the kids working hard, come on. They’re busting their ass.
I can’t say enough about that. They are also missing some key players but keep marching on. That’s what successful people do. They don’t make excuses. They have that good work ethic that it will come back around.
I don’t think anyone is taking it personal. It’s what is going on right now. Vince McMahon, WWE, will bounce back bigger and better a year from now. The pandemic has stopped a lot of things. It has given a different perspective on a lot of things, but it’s not due to their attitudes or level of performance" - Ric Flair said.
“Some people are just happy to go home and sit on the sidelines. I love to always be doing something. I had a great time when I was on RAW a couple of times with Randy. To be 71 and even be on TV and be involved with WWE, that’s huge for me" - he added.