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Ric Flair To Be Given Key To City Of Greensboro
GREENSBORO - Retired professional wrestler Ric Flair will be given the key to the city of Greensboro on Friday, December 5th when he visits Proehlific Park in Greensboro. Flair, otherwise known as the "Nature Boy," is known for his flamboyant outfits, whooping yell, and his North Carolina roots.
Although he has officially retired from wrestling, Flair is still well known throughout the world for his long career and his role in the expansion of wrestling's popularity as he helped contribute to the success of pay-per-view matches and televised bouts.
He won the World Heavyweight title 16 times and is so well known in North Carolina that Business North Carolina magazine reported that Flair is even considering a career in state politics.
The idea of giving the key to the city to Flair was brought up by local Triad blogger, Ben Holder. Holder, a wrestling fan, operates the Troublemaker blog which focuses on Greensboro politics.
Holder brought up the idea at the most recent Greensboro City Council meeting (see video below) on December 2nd.
"Ric Flair's professional wrestling career lasted for over 36 years...one of the greatest to work in the industry," said Holder. "People came from all over the country to Greensboro, North Carolina to watch Ric Flair."
Holder pointed out that Flair had wrestled often in the Greensboro Coliseum and that a match involving Flair in Greensboro was the first pay-per-view event in the world.
During discussion on the issue, council member Robbie Perkins recommended that Holder present the key to Flair on Friday night and he was given the key to present to Flair at the meeting. The council voted unanimously to pass the measure and for Holder to appear as emissary of the City of Greensboro at the event.
Flair will appear at the privately owned Proehlific Park sports complex in northwest Greensboro off of Horse Pen Creek Road on Friday, December 5th at 7pm.
Although fans who loved the phrase "in order to be the man, you have to beat the man," may be disappointed that Flair is not wrestling in the ring, he will be at the match.
The match will feature The Rock'n'Roll Express including Robert Gibson & Ricky Morton vs. The Midnight Express Bobby Eaton & Stan Lane with "The Big Cheese" Sal Corrente.
Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door for general admission or $75 in advance or $100 at the door for an autograph and photo session with Flair and the other wrestlers.