Oct 17th 2017 10:47pm

Sign Up / Sign In|Help

 

Recovering Ric Flair unafraid to talk thorny wrestling issues, from sex to drugs

Recovering Ric Flair unafraid to talk thorny wrestling issues, from sex to drugs

Posted: Oct 7th 2017 By: Mark Price

Wrestling icon Ric Flair’s recent brush with death has emboldened him to talk freely about hot button issues in professional wrestling, including time spent from family and the drug abuse that killed his son, professional wrestler Reid Flair.

“The drug problem...You never see it coming,” he said this week in an interview with NBC Sports Radio. “You are in denial. My kid smoking dope? Not a chance, no chance in hell. All of a sudden, it’s reality...I couldn’t fathom it. He was fighting a disease. Trust me, drugs are not an addiction. Drugs, at a high level, are a disease. That’s all there is to it.”

Reid Flair, 25, died of a toxic combination of heroin and prescription drugs in 2013. He was found dead by his father in a SouthPark hotel suite.

Ric Flair also admits in the NBC Sports Radio interview that too much time away from home hurt his family, including his other son, David Flair.

“I know my son is still very upset with me and that’s something I have to live with,” Flair said. “He’ll never get over the fact that I wasn’t around enough...A lot of fathers aren’t around for different reasons...I’m willing to take the blame for it. I was very selfish. I wanted to be the best.”

As for his recent health scare, it has been blamed largely on years of heavy drinking. Flair says he is getting better, but is trying to regain 40 pounds lost over three weeks in an Atlanta hospital. That was in August and he says he spent 10 days on life support.

His daughter, professional wrestler Charlotte Flair, said in a recent interview that things were so bad at one point that her father didn’t even recognize her.

People magazine recently reported that Flair had the early stages of kidney failure and congestive heart failure.

Another of the topics Flair has been unafraid to discuss since recovering is his love life. He bragged in a recent interview of having been intimate with 10,000 women in his
life.

Men’s Health magazine did some math and suggests that was impossible.

Flair is not backing down, however.

“I started when I was in the 7th grade,” he told NBC. “I’m not far off on that number. That doesn’t mean everybody was, like, Marilyn Monroe, by any means. But I’m not far off. I was good at three things: Drinking, wrestling and saying ‘Good night’.”

Flair, who now lives in Atlanta, added in the interview that he is now completely faithful to his fiancée of five years, Wendy Barlow

 

Printable version Email to a friend

Supplemental Information

Latest News

1
JR's Blog:  SlobberKnocker on 3rd Printing. More Book Signings, Ted DiBiase to Ross Report, @CMPunk

JR's Blog: SlobberKnocker on 3rd Printing. More Book Signings, Ted DiBiase to Ross Report, @CMPunk

Greetings everyone and thanks for stopping by our site. Remember t... Read More

All Columns

GFW's Gail Kim On The Twilight Of Her Career, Sparking The Women's Wrestling Revolution

GFW's Gail Kim On The Twilight Of Her Career, Sparking The Women's Wrestling Revolution

Long before the term “women’s revolution” became fashionable, Gail Kim wa... Read More

All Interviews

1

Spotlight in History

  • 1988 The Samoan SWAT Team (Samu & Fatu) def. Michael Hayes & Steve Cox for the WCCW World Tag Team Champion
  • 2009 Drake Gallows def. Bobby Star for the BYEW Entertainment Champion
  • 2009 Maniac Mike def. Larry the Cowboy Guy for the BYEW Caution Champion
  • 2009 Chris Chaos def. Maniac Mike for the BYEW Caution Champion
  • 2009 Maniac Mike def. Chris Chaos for the BYEW Caution Champion
  • 2009 Chris Chaos def. Maniac Mike for the BYEW Caution Champion
  • 2015 Terry Montana & Mighty Mouse def. La Famiglia (Thomas Knight & Wade Argento) for the ComPro Tag Team Champions
  • 2015 Double D def. Damon Windsor for the IZW Impact Division Champion

Week of Sun 10-15 to Sat: 10-21

  • 10-15 1981 Junkyard Dog & Mike George def. The Wild Samoans (Afa & Sika) for the MSW Mid-South Tag Team Champion
  • 10-15 1988 Michael Hayes & Steve Cox def. The Samoan SWAT Team (Fatu & Samu) for the WCCW World Tag Team Champion
  • 10-15 1988 Jeff Jarrett def. Eric Embry for the WCCW World Light Heavyweight Champion
  • 10-15 2002 Brandon Bishop def. Se7en for the ACW Heavyweight Champion
  • 10-15 2002 The Professionals (John Zorthos & Julian Wolfenbarger) def. Pimpology (Jeffrey Parker & Kool Ade) for the ACW Tag Team Champions
  • 10-15 2002 Li'l Joe def. Jef Tiger for the ACW Hardcore Champion
  • 10-15 2005 A. J. Styles became the CWE Heavyweight Champion
  • 10-15 2017 Drake Gallows def. Dean Lambert for the MSWA Oklahoma Champion
  • 10-15 2017 Erica def. Phoebe for the MSWA Ladies Champion
  • 10-16 1961 Red McKim def. Corsica Joe for the TSW Oklahoma Junior Heavyweight Champion
  • 10-16 1965 Jack Brisco def. Don Kent for the TSW Missouri Junior Heavyweight Champion
  • 10-16 1987 The Sheepherders (Luke Williams & Butch Miller) def. The Lightning Express (Brad Armstrong & Tim Horner) for the UWF Tag Team Champions
  • 10-17 1988 The Samoan SWAT Team (Samu & Fatu) def. Michael Hayes & Steve Cox for the WCCW World Tag Team Champion
  • 10-17 2009 Drake Gallows def. Bobby Star for the BYEW Entertainment Champion
  • 10-17 2009 Maniac Mike def. Larry the Cowboy Guy for the BYEW Caution Champion
  • 10-17 2009 Chris Chaos def. Maniac Mike for the BYEW Caution Champion
  • 10-17 2009 Maniac Mike def. Chris Chaos for the BYEW Caution Champion
  • 10-17 2009 Chris Chaos def. Maniac Mike for the BYEW Caution Champion
  • 10-17 2015 Terry Montana & Mighty Mouse def. La Famiglia (Thomas Knight & Wade Argento) for the ComPro Tag Team Champions
  • 10-17 2015 Double D def. Damon Windsor for the IZW Impact Division Champion
  • 10-18 2009 Carnage def. Spoiler 2000 for the NWA-OK Oklahoma Heavyweight Champion
  • 10-19 1976 Karl Kox & Ken Patera became the TSW United States Tag Team Champion
  • 10-19 2013 Tyson Jaymes def. Brock Landers for the SWCW All-American Champion
  • 10-19 2013 The K. C. Wolves (Graham Bell & Luke Langley) def. Nasty Swag (Ace Archuleta & Robert Lee) for the UWE Tag Team Champions
  • 10-19 2013 Jon Cross def. Anarchy 2nd for the UWE Heavyweight Champion
  • 10-19 2014 Jon Cross def. Robert Lee for the WFC Hometown Heroes Champion
  • 10-20 1986 Crusher Yurkof def. Steve Simpson for the WCCW Television Champion
  • 10-20 2001 The Texas Outlaws (Beau Dalton & Butch Dalton) def. The VIP Crew (Rocco Valentino & Vinnie Valentino) for the OPW Oklahoma Tag Team Champion
  • 10-20 2001 Amanda St. George became the OPW Oklahoma Womens Champion
  • 10-20 2001 Big Daddy Moore became the OPW Oklahoma Hardcore Champion
  • 10-20 2007 Chris Fury became the SECW Light Heavyweight Champion
  • 10-20 2007 Impact, Inc. (John Zorthos & Bernie Donderwitz) def. Team Shenanigans (Tyler Bateman & Kenny Campbell) for the IZW Tag Team Champions
  • 10-20 2007 Tyson Armstrong became the SECW Heavyweight Champion
  • 10-20 2007 The Texas Outlaws (Bobby Burns & Dan Wilder) became the SECW Tag Team Champions
  • 10-20 2012 Kevin James Sanchez def. Austin Tacious for the SWCW All-American Champion
  • 10-20 2012 The Static Knights (Keith Knight & X-Statik) def. Dynamic Storm (Justin Dynamic & Daemon Storm) for the UWE Tag Team Champions
  • 10-21 1969 Fritz Von Erich became the WCCW American Heavyweight Champion
  • 10-21 1969 Danny Hodge def. Chuck Karbo for the TSW North American Champion
  • 10-21 1985 King Parsons def. John Tatum for the WCCW Television Champion
  • 10-21 2005 Mitch Carter def. Kenny Campbell for the SRPW X Division Champion
  • 10-21 2006 J. T. LaMotta became the IZW Cruiserweight Champion
10-17
  • Jenna Love Oct 17th Today!
  • Aaron Helms Oct 17th Today!
  • Jessy 2nd Oct 17th Today!
  • Moses Manson Oct 17th Today!
  • Russ Rogers Oct 18th
  • Carrion Arcane Oct 18th
  • Jack Hull Oct 18th
  • Johnny Walker 2nd Oct 18th
  • John Nord Oct 18th
  • Robbie Awesome Oct 19th
  • Dimitri Alexandrov Oct 19th
  • Kendall Hayes Oct 19th
  • Chavo Guerrero, Jr. Oct 20th
  • Bushwacker Butch Oct 21st
  • John Tatum Oct 21st
  • Devan Scott Oct 21st
  • Tom Jones Oct 22nd
  • Porkchop Cash Oct 22nd
  • George Knight Oct 22nd
  • Red Eagle Oct 23rd
  • Bill Dundee Oct 23rd
  • Bobby Lambert Oct 24th
  • Daniel Powers Oct 24th
  • Double D Oct 25th
  • Paige Turner Oct 25th
  • Anthony Wayne Oct 26th
  • Halo Oct 26th
  • Miss Linda Oct 27th
  • AWOL Oct 27th
  • Chris Smith Oct 28th
  • MVP Oct 28th
  • Jake Boulder Oct 28th
  • Mike Sharpe, Jr Oct 28th
  • Mischief Oct 29th
  • Paul Orndorff Oct 29th
  • Brandon Bishop Oct 30th
  • George Wells Oct 30th
  • Jesse Beeler Oct 30th

More Look Back In History

Oklafan Quiz

Junkyard Dog was Mid South Tag Team Champion 10 times.

  

  

4

Take the OklaQuiz!