We’ve been patiently waiting for ESPN’s 30 for 30 about Ric Flair since it was initially teased way back in November of 2015. And now we finally get a release date and trailer for “Nature Boy,” the documentary on the storied career of eccentric wrestler Ric Flair. Based on the trailer there appears that the doc will have plenty of stylin’, profilin’, limousine ridin’, jet flyin’, kiss-stealin’, wheelin’ n’ dealin’.
The synopsis from ESPN:
Real or Fake? It’s a question that’s long shadowed professional wrestling. But for one of the industry’s most legendary performers, there’s never been any separation between the ring and the world around it. His story starts in the Midwest, when a young Richard Fliehr set his sights on rising to stardom in a unique world, and decided to do anything necessary to get to where he wanted. A character was born, along with a singular desire “to be the man,” and a drive that made him as popular and polarizing as any figure ever to step into the ring. The success took a considerable toll – on his body, and on his wives and children – and in 2013 came a tragic postscript. But today, Flair remains as defiant as ever, proud of his legacy, eager to remain in the spotlight. This is the story of a man, a character, and their unbreakable connection.
The documentary was directed by Rory Karpf, who was also the director for “I Hate Christian Laettner” and “The Book of Manning.” “Rory interviewed Ric for his take on sports villains and wanted to do a film on him next,” said 30 for 30 Executive Producer John Dahl. “After watching that interview for the Laettner film, we were convinced that Ric would be a fascinating subject to explore for our first feature-length 30 for 30 on a pro wrestler.” Karpf garnered material for the doc by talking to Flair over a 16-month span as well as interviewing Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Baby Doll, Tully Blanchard, The Undertaker, Arn Anderson, Shawn Michaels, Sting, and Road Warrior Animal as well as his first wife, Leslie Jacobs, and his children.
“Nature Boy” will premiere on Tuesday, Nov. 7, at 10 p.m. ET on ESPN.