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WCW Thunder (January 8, 1998)

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In 1997 the WCW had done gangbusters. Nitro was one of the highest rated shows on TV or maybe just on cable. They were so successful and making so much money that they decided to add a another show to their TV schedule in addition to Nitro and Saturday Night and Worldwide and Main Event and whatever else they already had. That show would air on Thursday nights and be known as Thunder. This is that show.

This is the premiere episode so we get a pretty stacked card with something like three different title matches signed plus the Larry Zbyszko vs. Eric Bischoff match from Starrcade ’97 in its entirety, which I sure the fans in the arena are going to love. So let’s take it away!

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Evolution vs. The Dudley Boyz (WWE Royal Rumble 2004 January 25, 2004)

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Ric Flair and Batista defend their World Tag Team Championships against the Dudley Boyz in a tables match. Who deserves the belts?!

Antonio Inoki & Ric Flair (WCW/NJPW Collision in Korea April 29, 1995)

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In an industry where weird occurrences are the norm, perhaps one of the strangest events of all took place in April of 1995, when WCW and NJPW went to North Korea to hold two days of grappling in Pyongyang headlined by Japanese wrestling legend, Antonio Inoki, taking on the dirtiest player in the game, Ric Flair.

Sports Illustration had a pretty decent oral history of the entire thing a while back that you can read here.

Bob Backlund vs. Ric Flair (Georgia Championship Wrestling July 4, 1982)

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This title vs title match saw NWA Champion Ric Flair face off against the WWF Champion, Bob Backlund, at The Omni in Atlanta, Georgia. As was par for the course with bouts of this sort during the territories period, after 20 minutes the match ended in a double count out.

Norman Smiley & Ric Flair (WCW 2000)

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Norman Smiley, dressed as the Kiss Demon, shaking hands with Ric Flair backstage…because circa 2000 WCW.

Shawn Michaels vs. Ric Flair (WWF Prime Time Wrestling December 16, 1991)

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During the match Shawn Michaels gets knocked out due to hitting the guardrail on the outside.  Fellow Rocker, Marty Jannetty (wearing an awesome Overkill t-shirt) comes out to help his friend and does so by rolling an unconscious Shawn Michaels into the ring to avoid being counted out.  Ric Flair promptly pins the unconscious Shawn Michaels.  Roughly three weeks later Shawn Michaels would kick Jannetty’s head through a window in Brutus the Barber Beefcake’s Barber Shop.

Val Venis vs. Ric Flair (WWE Sunday Night Heat January 2, 2005)

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I have always been somewhat fond of the B and C-shows when it comes to wrestling.  Sure your Nirtos and Raws had all the surprising plot twists and shocking debuts, but things like Jakked or WCW Worldwide had really insane bouts between people you would never expect to have wrestled.  Case in point?  This 2005 match between the Nature Boy, Ric Flair and the Big Valboski, Val Venis.

Hulk Hogan vs. Ric Flair (WCW Uncensored March 19, 2000)

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When we look back upon Hulk Hogan’s long and storied career it is quite obvious that the man has been involved in some classic bouts, perhaps none quite as grand as this 2000 battle between Hogan and Flair at WCW’s Uncensored pay per-view.

“DOUBLE STRAPACACTION, JACK!”

Hulk Hogan & Ric Flair vs. Sting & Lex Luger (WCW Monday Nitro October 4, 1999)

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I guess Sting and Luger are the heels in this match.  There’s a stupid run-in at the end where DDP comes in to attack Flair and Hogan but for some reason Luger blindly puts DDP in the torture rack thinking it’s either Hogan or Flair or something, regardless of the fact that DDP was wearing long pants (which Luger’s hand would have touched when putting DDP up in the torture rack) while Flair and Hogan both had bare legs. WCW ’99!