The heart-breaking story of former wrestling champion Ric Flair makes for a brilliantly compelling ESPN Films 30 for 30 documentary, “Nature Boy.”
The stylin’, profilin’ Flair, whose real name is Richard Fliehr, was the ultimate showman during the pro wrestling boom of the 1980s. Even Hulk Hogan admits he couldn’t hold a candle to Flair as a pure wrestler, ring tactician and entertainer. But as ESPN director Rory Karpf asks through his new documentary: “What if I told you his life wasn’t an act?”
Outside the ring, The Nature Boy really did live the life of the “Rolex wearin’, diamond ring wearin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ dealin’, limousine ridin’, jet flyin’ son of a gun.”
In the doc, Flair credits Buddy Rogers, the original Nature Boy, and mentor Dusty Rhodes for inspiring his look and style. We learn about the origins of the “Woo!” scream, the in-ring strut, the cars, robes and fancy threads.
ESPN’s first and only doc about a pro wrestler ranks right up there with the best in the 30 for 30 canon.
The lesson here is: You reap what you sow.
Over a four-decade career, no wrestler touched more fans, or had more of an impact on pop culture, than The Nature Boy.
This enthralling but painful documentary is must-see TV. Diamonds are forever, and so is Ric Flair.
Ric Flair 30 for 30: “Nature Boy” trailer
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