On the heels of the announcement that Ric Flair will be getting his own 30 for 30 — I know, deep breaths, deep breaths — what better way to celebrate such delightful news than with a shower of crowd-pleasing GIFs featuring the legend himself?
This collection of glory that spans over the course of the Nature Boy’s 3,000-year career is pretty much a lock to make your day brighter and, assuming you have a pulse, should put some newfound pep in your Flair strut technique.
These aren’t arranged in any particular order. Mostly because Ric Flair remains at odds with “order” and because the story of this man’s greatness is still being written. Now please enjoy these 35 Ric Flair GIFs.
Ric Flair liked to set the tone, and this GIF certainly serves as the proper tone-setter. It’s probably one of the most exuberant in-match “woooos” ever witnessed on live television. This is signature Flair reaching the peak of self-admiration. The old “look what I just did” move. And while it hasn’t been confirmed, the ligaments in Ric Flair’s neck have allegedly been replaced roughly 106 times due to moments like this.
So much of what Ric Flair said and did propelled him to become the popular figure he remains today. But don’t underestimate the role Flair’s hair played in his rise to fame. Just look at that mane. It would’ve looked beautiful on a unicorn. #4Horsemen4Life
Remember when Ric Flair spent some time in a mental hospital on Monday Nitro? This might be one of the Nature Boy’s most unheralded segments of all time. The fact he was permitted to wear his custom made, bedazzled robe and not the standard hospital scrubs like everyone else tells you everything you need to know about Flair’s first class status.
A thunderous “interview woooooooo” always entailed a full body, fluid motion that begin with a healthy deep breath and ended by throwing both feet to the floor while belting out said “woooooo” with great vigor. For reasons unknown, Flair always seemed to take it up a notch whenever he was wearing sunglasses.
FACT: Ric Flair was insane, is insane, and will always be insane. But he’s the good kind of insane, which is why he’s so beloved to this very day.
Ric Flair boozing and yucking it up — possibly in someone’s basement — with Lawrence Taylor, Roddy Piper, Kevin Sullivan, Mike Rotunda, and god knows who else. Amazing.
The rare, but quite memorable, “pump fake woo.” One of the greatest things to happen in the history of sports. It would take LeBron James years upon years to master something this spectacular. Again, the shades.
Ric Flair’s turnbuckle gymnastics were a signature move, and one that perfectly encapsulates his over-the-top persona. The guy was always willing to sell it, and sell it hard.
Ric Flair could dance and strut like no other. Anyone who says otherwise should seek professional help immediately.
Believe it or not, there was a time when Flair was actually in great shape. He didn’t always sport a pair of haunting breasts as saggy as Frank Costanza’s.
Ric Flair in a pair of satellite dish-sized aviators and a Lakers jacket that a diehard fan would absolutely sell their soul for? No, it does not get much better than this.
Throw Paul Bearer into Flair’s life and we’ve reached such a high level of cartoonish greatness that it’s nearly impossible to look away. Seriously, look at this man’s face exploding from a sea of feathers. Unbelievable.
More dancing and strutting. However, the bigger story would be what happened after this crew left the building and how many hotels bars fell victim.
It’s no exaggeration to say that pairing Flair and Mr. Perfect was a match made in heel heaven.
Ric Flair running stairs in a Gold’s Gym shirt and what look like Zubaz shorts because he’s Ric Flair, and he has a personal set of keys to nearly every arena in the country.
Ric Flair’s “woo-off” with Jay Lethal is probably the only thing TNA should ever be known for. Downright hilarious. It was perhaps the most cartoonish we’ve ever seen Flair, and that’s saying A LOT.
Flair has always reflected on the 1992 Royal Rumble as was one of his finest moments. Nothing to say but Woooooo!
Flair’s battles with Ricky Steamboat were some of the most entertaining matches in wrestling history, as exhibited by this hypnotizing GIF.
Yup. He was willing to do pretty much anything. And he did.
Yes, it’s true. The majority of Ric Flair’s robes were once worn by snooty, self-absorbed pterodactyls.
This was reportedly the alternate opening to Reservoir Dogs.
It would be rather foolish not to include his memorable spot on Baywatch, wouldn’t it? It would.
Ric Flair is naturally speaking in the third person here. While it’s very difficult to tell, this is a man deeeeeeep into character.
A true rarity was the maniacal, face-exploding freakout followed by a calmly delivered, woooooooooooooo; sans exclamation point. Masterfully done.
This might not just be the best Ric Flair GIF in existence, it might be the best GIF, period.
This compilation would not nearly be complete had there been no mention of Flair’s penchant for removing his clothes and elbowing nothing in particular. Repeatedly. It was his way of making a statement. Think of Jordan posterizing someone without a basketball and it might start to make a little sense.
Ric Flair loves this post.
Edge’s expression here appears as though he’s been going through this post, marveling at the unique greatness, so it feels like the proper way to finish.