Ric Flair® Nature Boy®
Career Highlights: 16 time World Heavyweight Champion, 2 time WWE Hall of Famer,
WCW World Heavyweight Champion, WWE Champion,
United States Champion, Intercontinental Champion,
WCW World Tag Team Champion, WWE Tag Team Champion
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Ric Flair has always known who he is – “a Limousine-ridin’, Jet-flyin’, Kiss-stealin’, Wheelin’-dealin’, Son-of-a-Gun™.” Yet incredibly, he almost didn’t become the most celebrated champion in sports-entertainment history. In addition to surviving being struck by lightening twice, on October 4, 1975, he was among five passengers injured after an improperly fueled Cessna 310Q twin-engine plane suffered mechanical failure and crashed down in Wilmington, North Carolina. Doctors insisted that Flair, who had broken his back in three places, would never wrestle again. So he did the only thing he could do: Ignore the doctors, rehab, and become a ring legend with a “flair” for championship gold. “I wish I could say that the plane crash humbled me,” he says, “but I just started living the life of the ‘Nature Boy’ and didn’t look back. I took my insurance settlement and bought my first new Cadillac.”
Flair, whose body has been insured by Lloyd’s of London, made his name on wrestling hour-long marathon matches. Taking part in two influential and historical factions, The Four Horsemen and Evolution; “Slick Ric” maintains that the party he started four decades ago is far from over. Flair has never strayed from being “The Man” who most young sports-entertainers – WWE Superstars included – idolize. Even those unfamiliar with his career, the “styling and profiling™” in custom-tailored sequined ring robes, or his “Nature Boy” strut, know one thing when they hear “WOOOOO!™” shouted at a live event, a craps table in a Las Vegas casino, or on the scoreboard at the RBC Center, home of the NHL’s Carolina Hurricanes: They’re in “Ric Flair Country.”
During his celebrated career “The Nature Boy” wrote an autobiography “To Be the Man”, a New York Times Best Seller, and released a 3 disc DVD set on his storied time in the wrestling business.
Flair is recognized by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) and Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) as a 17-time World Champion (WCW), he also had two stints as a Heavyweight Champion, although his actual tally of World Championship reigns varies by source – some totaling as high as 21. Flair also won the 1992 Royal Rumble and the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
On March 30, 2008, one night after he became the only active wrestler to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, Flair ended his 36-year career at WrestleMania XXIV. Ric Flair’s robe, trunks, and boots worn at WrestleMania XXIV are permanently exhibited at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington DC. Ric Flair became the only wrestler in history to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice when The Four Horsemen received the honor in March 2012.
Ric Flair is the most decorated World Champion in history.
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Arguably the most well-known meteorologist on television, Jim Cantore is the face of America’s weather authority, The Weather Channel.
Though he is best known for his live field coverage of major weather events (such as Hurricanes Ike, Gustav, Katrina, Isabel, Rita, Andrew, Floyd, Mitch, Bonnie, Irene and Sandy), his contributions span well beyond severe weather field reporting. He has reported from events such as the Space Shuttle Discovery launch, the “Winter X Games,” PGA tournaments, and NFL games. Cantore was in London hosting weather segments for NBC during the 2012 Summer Olympics and is a frequent contributor to NBC programs such as “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “TODAY,” and multiple MSNBC shows. Cantore also serves as host to many original productions on The Weather Channel, including the award-winning “Storm Stories,” the network’s first signature long-form series, as well as “Cantore Stories.”
A sought after speaker, Cantore serves as a celebrity ambassador for the American Red Cross, enabling him to further spread the message of preparedness, an issue of vital importance to him that carries over from his work. He has also appeared in a series of public service announcements for FEMA on the importance of preparing your home and family for severe weather. Through The Weather Channel, Cantore lends his famous face to L.L. Bean, as a celebrity endorser.
Cantore has been praised for his ability to “break down” complicated weather events into terms that the average viewer can understand, making him a household name and fan favorite. When not in the field, he covers the latest forecast and weather news on “Weather Center Live” weeknights, beginning at 4 p.m. ET.