A new documentary about the life of pro wrestler Ric Flair is the portrait of a drunken womanizer. “Nature Boy” a “30 for 30” documentary aired Tuesday on ESPN. In the film, Flair recalls drinking up to 15 alcoholic drinks per day and estimates he’s had sex with 10,000 women.
Nearly 50 wrestling personalities, family members and friends are featured in the film discussing the celebrity, whose real name is Richard Fliehr.
The documentary shines a light on Flair’s notorious inability to stay monogamous. He’s had four wives and admits in the film that monogamy made him “miserable.”
“Let me tell you something, if you’re wrestling and you’re in Hutchinson, Kansas, and you’re gonna spend the night there, I’m gonna find something to do. I’m not going through that night by myself,” he says in the special.
Flair also admits on-screen that alcohol was an ongoing problem in his relationships.
He details a meeting with a psychologist who marveled at the extent of his alcoholism:
“(He asked) ‘How much do you drink a day?’ I said, ‘I’ll drink at least 10 beers, and probably five mixed drinks.’ He said, ‘Well, how many days a week do you do that?’ I said, ‘Every day.’ He said, ‘Well, how do you mean every day?’ I said, ‘I work every day. I drink a beer in the car, I get to the hotel and I drink vodka.’ He came out of his chair and (he said), ‘You drink every day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, and you’ve been doing that for how long?’ I said, ‘Well, let me see. It’s 1989, I started in ’72, you do the math. Almost 20 years.’ He said, ‘That’s not possible.’ I said, ‘Oh yeah, it is.’ By the time I got through with that son of a b—h, he was laying on the couch and I was on the chair talking to him.”
Flair, 68, was hospitalized in August and had to undergo emergency surgery. At the time, doctors gave him a 20 percent chance to live.
“People say it’s a miracle,” Flair said in a recent interview with The Associated Press in which he claimed to have quit drinking.
“I wouldn’t even begin to think about drinking,” Flair admitted. “If you ever hear that I’m out drinking again, say, ‘Ric, you (dummy), you deserve whatever you get.'”
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