When you're in the business of speaking loudly and proudly for as long as pro wrestling legend Ric Flair has been, it's sometimes not so easy to keep quiet about certain things, such as a decades-spanning sex life that would cause night terrors for prudish fans. For the upcoming 30 for 30 mini-documentary that's focused on Flair, titled "Nature Boy," the athlete made the on-camera admission that over the course of his life and career, he's slept with around 10,000 women, Wilt Chamberlain-style. But here's why he regrets 'fessing up about that side of his past.
What I said was the truth, but I feel bad now that I said some of it. Ten thousand women. I wish I hadn't said that because of my grandkids.
Having been married at four different points in his life, Ric Flair has fathered four different children (not with all four ex-wives), with three of them having followed in his pro wrestling boot-steps. And so he's got some grandchildren that likely know quite a bit about how one side of business works, if not exactly how things go outside of the squared circle and in the bedroom. (I'd be more jealous than surprised if Flair or other WWE greats didn't have a big plush bed designed to look like a wrestling ring.)
For what it's worth, though, Ric Flair probably doesn't need to regret his comments too much. I have a feeling that as soon as any of his grandchildren watch that special and hear him talk about the staggering number of women he's slept with, they will immediately banish that thought from their heads with the suppressive force of a black hole. So perhaps they will be affected in that they'll just forever have a blank spot in their minds during that specific portion of the 30 for 30 installment.
Ric Flair recently went through a major health scare, as he was put into a medically induced coma for a surgery, and complications occurred, causing kidney failure. Everything is on the up-and-up now though, thankfully, and he's very glad to be by the side of his fiancée Wendy Barlow, who is one big reason why he isn't doing all the styling and profiling that he was known for during his sexified heyday. Not that the spark isn't still there in him somewhere. Here's what else he told People during their interview.
It's going to be a hard sell overnight to say that 'Hey, Ric Flair has changed.' It's going to take time, it's going to take proof. . . . But it's still hard for me not to be me. But I'm really focused on getting well and just enjoying my life with Wendy.
ESPN has found itself consistently in the hot-seat in the recent past, whether it's dealing with major layoffs, drooping ratings (that don't quite affect its financial bottom line), or people getting pissed off about the channel's advertising and on-air coverage. And, of course, there was all that stuff going on with the also outspoken Jemele Hill. But hey, whenever the Nature Boy is coming -- pun not intended -- there's only one possible way to react. Like this:
Fans of both Ric Flair and ESPN's award-winning documentary series should be sure to tune into the channel on November 7, when the 30 for 30 installment "Nature Boy" will air at 10:00 p.m. ET. Let's all put our collective thoughts together in the hope that a similar story about Vince McMahon's sex life never arrives, and head to our fall premiere schedule to see when all the rest of the season's most gripping shows will put us all in a mental figure-four.