Ric Flair’s last few months have been an absolute roller coaster ride.
The former WWE World Champion has simultaneously been as visible as ever. Recently, Flair overcame a tough health battle. After pulling through life-saving surgery, Naitch went to the Atlanta premiere of his “30 for 30” ESPN documentary.
He loved it.
The documentary was filmed over the course of several years, with most of the interviews with Flair coming in 2015 and 2017. Director Rory Karpf conducted interviews with the champ, as well as various people from his life and some of his lifelong fans.
Flair discussed his excitement during a Q&A at the premiere:
“It really depicts how hard we work as wrestlers. There’s no other sport or any other physical activity in the world like us. It’s just been in the last 15 years where they got contracts. For years we worked before that if you didn’t show up, you didn’t work and you didn’t get paid. We would drive 3,000 miles per week. I loved being a World Champion, which to my dismay didn’t always work for me … but I had a lot of fun.
The runtime of the film is about 75 minutes, and it’s titled Nature Boy, taking after the nickname Flair has kept for so many years.
For years, Flair was one of the biggest personalities in the world of professional wrestling and one of the best known wrestlers of his time.
The documentary is full of anecdotes from a wild career at the top of the world of wrestling, but also touches on some of the personal demons that Flair combated.
The film is sure to become an instant “30 for 30” classic, continuing the series’ tradition of excellence in sports documentaries.
Be sure to catch it when it premieres on ESPN on Nov. 7 at 10 p.m. ET.