Hump Day With Cam: The Nature Boy Isn’t Down For the Count Yet
I’d like everyone to join me in sending our collective thoughts and prayers to a great champion, who’s in the fight of his life. Others may have been bigger, faster, and stronger than the 16-time World Heavyweight Champion, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, but nobody in the history of the sport has ever had his charisma and showmanship.
You can take your Rock, Stone Cold, and Undertaker and put them all together, and they still wouldn’t equal one “Nature Boy”. In the golden age of wrestling, he was the greatest of the great.
This isn’t meant to be a eulogy, but a get well card, to a man who filled my youth with many, many happy times. He’s now 68 years old, which is a dinosaur for a wrestler. The other day he was brought into a medically induced coma, leading up to a major surgery. He is now resting comfortably, albeit still considered in critical condition.
The 1980s were a fantastic time for a young teen like me. It was the infancy of cable television. Before then, I was forced to watch local programming, which was always WWF, (now WWE). However, it was really when I was able to watch the “Superstation” WTBS, that my eyes started to open up.
Not only could I now watch the Atlanta Braves, but the NWA (National Wrestling Alliance) as well. I was introduced to the Von Erich Brothers, Dusty Rhodes, Arn Anderson, “The Four Horseman” and of course “The Nature Boy”. Nobody could ever “style and profile” like the original “Space Mountain”…”Woooooooooooooooo”. The WWF had The Iron Sheik”, “Sergeant Slaughter”, and their great champion, “Hulk Hogan”;
The WWE storyline was for Hogan to remain champion for years, never losing. Opponent after opponent would face him, only to fall victim to the boot to the face and subsequent leg drop. The script was different for Flair. He’d fight an hour long, bloody battle versus Kerry Von Erich, and lose his title, only to face him in a different town four days later to win it back. He was a barnstormer, traveling from small town to small town. He was a true showman.
So wrestling fans everywhere, can you join me in wishing “The Nature Boy” a full recovery, and hope that he’ll be “Stylin and Profilin “, in the not too distant future.
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