In 1989, the final countdown referred
to Ric Flair’s last chance at the world heavyweight title against
Ricky Steamboat at Wrestle War 1989. Today, the final countdown
appears to be ticking on the 58 year-old wrestler’s career.
Recently, Flair told The Fresno Bee, “I'd like to wrestle for
another year. I'd like to walk away with my head held high and know
that I had the most illustrious career of anybody alive, in the
history of our business. And I think I already have that."
Flair is the most accomplished
performer in the history of the industry. He has captured the world
heavyweight championship a record setting 16 times, while battling
the greatest competitors that have ever entered the sport. He first
rose to prominence in the Mid Atlantic territory feuding with the
likes of Wahoo McDaniel, Blackjack Mulligan, Greg Valentine, Ricky
Steamboat, and Roddy Piper. From there, he exploded onto the
international scene first capturing the NWA world title on September
17, 1981. In recent years, Flair has silenced critics calling for
his retirement by excelling in matches against many of today’s top
performers including Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Randy Orton, Edge,
and Kurt Angle.
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