Ric Flair, also known by his nickname Nature Boy, is considered one of the greatest wrestlers of all time, with a career spanning forty years. He is primarily remembered for his long and decorated stints in the National Wrestling Alliance, World Championship Wrestling, World Wrestling Federation / Entertainment and Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
Flair is officially recognized as a sixteen-time world champion. He has in fact held the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship eight times, the WCW World Heavyweight Championship six times, and the WWF Championship twice, although his actual number of reigns varies depending on the sources (from sixteen to twenty-three titles). In 2012, he also became the first wrestler in history to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice, both individually and as a member of the Four Horsemen.
Flair's style and hairstyle are inspired by those of Buddy Rogers, who previously used the Nature Boy gimmick in the 1950s and 1960s. He was also the first wrestler to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship, having held the title after WCW split from the NWA in 1991.
With this he also became the first wrestler to complete the Triple Crown in WCW, having already held the WCW United States Heavyweight Championship and the WCW World Tag Team Championship. In 2005 he completed the WWE version of the Triple Crown when he won the Intercontinental Championship, having previously held the WWF Championship, as well as the World Tag Team Championship, becoming the third to complete the Triple Crown in both WCW and WWE.