Did anyone out there at all watch the Ric Flair documentary film on ESPN last night called, “Nature Boy: 30 For 30”??? I sure as hell did! The documentary blew me away too as I thought it was freakin’ amazing! It’s not only the best wrestling documentary, it’s also one of the best movie documentaries I’ve seen in a long time! It really was that good. The director of that movie did a great job.
I think the whole goal with the movie was that it wanted to show you who the real Ric Flair is. In the ring, Ric maybe this stylin’, profilin’, limo ridin’, jet flyin’, kiss stealin’, wheelin’ and dealin’ son of a gun but that’s just his in-ring character and gimmick. In reality, Ric is just a normal human being with a lot of problems in his life. Out of the ring, he’s just a devoted family man. That’s what the film pretty much showed. Other than that, the film also showed his legacy through professional wrestling, of course. The film showed how he’s the greatest of all time.
I’m a really huge Ric Flair fan. He has always been one of my favorites. I’ll never forget the night when he won the Royal Rumble 1992, and he won the WWE championship for the first time that night. I was there live when I saw that. I was glad to witness that Royal Rumble live in person. It was a historic moment to witness Flair win the title that night.
Seriously, Ric Flair was very courageous to go on TV to talk about all of his personal problems. He wasn’t afraid to talk about going through alcoholism for most of his life, dealing with the death of his son Reid Flair and talking about his health scare that he just had. Makes me respect Flair even more. The documentary was similar to his book that he wrote with Ashley Flair (aka Charlotte in WWE)… the book Second Nature which is in stores now. That book is recommended reading too. Both the documentary on ESPN and the Ric Flair/Charlotte book are both pretty similar.
Another interesting part of the film was that it explained how Charlotte got into the WWE. Initially, Charlotte never wanted to become a WWE star, but she decided to get into wrestling in honor of her brother Reid Fliehr. Before Reid’s death, he was getting himself trained to be a WWE superstar but sadly it never happened. Charlotte got into wrestling in his honor. In other words, she wants to make his dream come true for him.
The film had all kinds of emotions. It can get enjoyable and sad at the same time. A lot of it’s positive and a lot of it isn’t. Ric maybe a WWE legend and all but he had some pretty dark times in his life too. Even though Ric had a lot of problems, he never gave up his love for professional wrestling. Ric always had wrestling in his blood — it was his passion. He worked through pretty much every wrestling company including WCW and TNA Impact. He loves the business and he shows it.
I thought it was a really good documentary last night and I’m probably gonna watch it again this week ’cause I DVR’d it. Even if you aren’t a wrestling fan at all, you may even enjoy it yourself. I would suggest everyone to check it out if ESPN re-runs it this week ’cause I’m sure they will!