Is there anyone in the world who can bring all walks of life together in one place quite like The Nature Boy?
Ric Flair walked into the 1818 Club in Duluth, Georgia expecting a quiet dinner with his wife for his 70th birthday. When he walked through the doors, he was greeted with a barrage of “Woos!” and a room full of stars eager to attach themselves to the Hall of Famer.
Via The Los Angles Times:
The Hall of Fame pro wrestler will turn 70 on Monday but his family and friends gathered in Atlanta on Friday for a birthday party that attracted Todd Gurley, Charles Barkley, Dennis Rodman, Evander Holyfield, Brad Nessler and several past and present wrestling legends including Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat, Triple H, Shane McMahon, Chris Jericho, Booker T, Michael Hayes, The Nasty Boys, A.J. Styles, Charlotte Flair and Jeff Hardy.
I could watch this clip of Ric Flair walking through the doors to his 70th birthday party, failing to fight back tears. Mind you, the 70th birthday milestone comes just a year after Flair was hospitalized for serious health issues and at one point, given just a 20 percent chance of surviving.
Arash Markazi of the LA Times attended the event and reported that Flair “seemingly had a drinking story with every athlete at the party.” He reminded Charles Barkley that the two closed down a bar in New Orleans during NBA All-Star weekend. He recalled a night at the Renaissance Hotel bar in Atlanta with Holyfield when they were both world champions. He admitted to making some bad decisions with Dennis Rodman in South Beach.
Markazi also captured some awesome photos and videos from the event.
Flair ended his toast by thanking all of the people in attendance:
“I can’t even begin to tell you what it means to see everybody here tonight,” Flair said. “To end up with so many friends at this age. … I’m supposed to be long gone. I remember being out with Angelo Mosca, a Canadian wrestler, one night when I was younger and he told me, ‘If you live to be 30, you’ll be overstaying your welcome.’ True story and here I am.”
Long live the king.
[h/t LA Times]