NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - JULY 29: Ric Flair speaks onstage at The Roast of Ric Flair at Nashville Fairgrounds on July 29, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
Ric Flair's First Official Wrestling Match Kicked Off An Incredible 50-Year Career
On December 10, 2022, "Nature Boy" Ric Flair will celebrate the 50th anniversary of his first match in professional wrestling where he battled George Gadaski with simple moves and inexperience. He recounts the story, saying, "[AWA boss] Verne Gagne looked at me and said, 'Go out there and wrestle [Gadaski] for 10 minutes [...] show me what you got,'"
He continues, "I was the heel ... [Gadaski] treated me great. He knew that I absolutely knew nothing and we just did like a headlock, takeover, arm drag, stuff like that and at the end of 10 minutes, I was blown sky high." Flair is the only wrestler to win 16 World Championships and has been inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice for both his individual and team accomplishments.
As uneventful as Ric Flair's wrestling debut was, it set the stage for an amazing career that turned him into one of the most accomplished and famous wrestlers in history. Recently, Flair wrestled what was billed as his final match, teaming with Andrade El Idolo against Jeff Jarrett and Jay Lethal, but he has since hinted that even more matches may be yet to come.