ESPN’s Ric Flair ’30 for 30′ Documentary Was Everything We Hoped It Would Be (Video + Tweets)
The Nature Boy, ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary about the legendary Ric Flair, aired for the first time Tuesday night. It was hilarious, depressing, bizarre, candid, unbelievable, fascinating—pretty much everything a documentary about one of the greatest, most batsh*t insane pro wrestlers of all time should be. You definitely need to watch it.
If we could, we’d embed the whole thing right here. But since that is not an option, let’s run through some of the highlights.
Here’s Ric Flair recounting a conversation with a psychiatrist about his drinking habits:
“(He asked) ‘How much do you drink a day?’ I said, ‘I’ll drink at least 10 beers, and probably five mixed drinks.’ He said, ‘Well, how many days a week do you do that?’ I said, ‘Every day.’ He said, ‘Well, how do you mean every day?’ I said, ‘I work every day. I drink a beer in the car, I get to the hotel and I drink vodka.’ He came out of his chair and (he said), ‘You drink every day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and you’ve been doing that for how long?’ I said, ‘Well, let me see. It’s 1989, I started in ’72, you do the math. Almost 20 years.’ He said, ‘That’s not possible.’ I said, ‘Oh yeah, it is.’ By the time I got through with that son of a b—-, he was laying on the couch and I was on the chair talking to him.”
Here’s fellow wrestling legend Hulk Hogan on how he stacks up to the Nature Boy:
“Ric Flair has had hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of one-hour matches. I’ve never had one. He’s 10 times better than I am. I mean … it’s a no-brainer. I’ve got a certain thing that works, and I’ve got different varieties of it. I used to joke, ‘I’ve got Plan A, B, C and D. Which match do you wanna do?’ And, you know, there’s millions of ways to have matches with millions of wrestlers. But Ric’s just so much better. Some people point to me and go, ‘Oh my God, you changed the business, you did this, you did that.’ But ‘No,’ I said, ‘You guys, you mean the guy next to me: Ric Flair.’”
Here’s Snoop Dogg on how Flair influenced hip-hop:
“As a kid growing up and watching Ric Flair, he was very inspirational to myself and a lot of other hip-hop artists, because he represented what we wanted to be. We wanted to be Ric Flair. We wanted to be flamboyant and, you know, the kiss-stealin’, wheelin’ and dealin’. We wanted to be all of that. He was a part of our culture and our life. That’s why we love him and we cherish him, and we’ve always held him high in the black community – because Ric is one of us.”
Here’s Ric Flair explaining how it is he came to sleep with an estimated 10,000 women over the years:
“Let me tell you something, if you’re wrestling and you’re in Hutchinson, Kansas, and you’re gonna spend the night there, I’m gonna find something to do. I’m not going through that night by myself.”
And, finally, here’s Flair on whether pro wrestling if fake:
“It’s not fake. It’s choreographed. … We started using the word ‘choreographed’ probably in the past 15 years.”
Oh, and by the way, in addition to averaging the equivalent of one new sex partner per day for 30 years, Ric Flair estimates that he also masturbated two times a day. So it’s basically a miracle this guy’s penis didn’t fall off.
Here’s what Twitter had to say about The Nature Boy:
*puts phone on airplane mode*
— A.J. Kirsch (@AJKirsch) November 8, 2017
“Its not fake, it’s choreographed” Exactly #NatureBoy
— Jeff J. (@JeffJSays) November 8, 2017
— Scott Fishman (@smFISHMAN) November 8, 2017
I tried to verify the 10,000 women claim but I stopped after number 1,417 #NatureBoy
— Rory Karpf (@RoryKarpf) November 8, 2017
Ric Flair regained consciousness after the plane crash long enough to tell a medic to get another woman’s phone number out of his shaving bag before his wife saw it. True story. #NatureBoy
— David Dennis Jr. (@DavidDTSS) November 8, 2017
— Ellis Mbeh (@EllisMbeh) November 8, 2017
The last 20 minutes of #Natureboy was an emotional rollercoaster. Not many people outside of wrestling’s little cornered market get to really see behind the glitz and glamor of it all. Great documentary.
— Andrew Everett (@_AndrewEverett) November 8, 2017
— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) November 8, 2017
— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) November 8, 2017
Like I said, you need to see this documentary.
Here’s the trailer: