Nature Boy\'s The Man again
TIM BAINES -- Ottawa Sun
Woooooooo! For a few wonderful moments, Ric Flair was once again the Nature Boy.
Stylin\' and profilin\'. Back in his old South Carolina stomping grounds -- Greenville on Monday night.
After the TV lights went out on RAW, the kiss stealin\', wheelin-dealin\', limousine-ridin\', jet- flyin\' son-of-a-gun rode to the dressing room on the shoulders of Buh Buh Dudley and Triple H -- hero and villain.
Flair had just wrestled a barn-burner against Triple H, losing only because of chicanery. Then the fun began.
With RAW off the air, Heartbreak Kid Shawn Michaels emerged from the back and signalled other wrestlers to join him. The McMahons -- Vince, Shane and Stephanie -- congratulated Flair. So did Triple H, who put his championship belt on Flair\'s shoulders. Others, good and bad, jumped into the ring. Stone Cold Steve Austin brought beer, plenty of it. It was a celebration of Flair\'s wonderful career, a moment to cherish for arguably wrestling\'s greatest superstar of all-time.
Richard Morgan Fliehr, who quietly began his sensational wrestling career in 1972 in the AWA with a forgettable match against Scrap Iron Gadaski, was once again The Man. And to be The Man, you\'ve got to beat The Man ... and so few have beaten Flair over the years.
With tears flowing down his face, Flair thanked the fans and the wrestlers for this, one of the most memorable moments in a memorable career.
WWE insiders are saying it was not meant as a retirement party for Flair. Geez, we hope not. After seeing his bout against Triple H, we can only hope Flair has another 20 years left in him.
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