Ric Flair Timeline

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The following is a timeline for Ric Flair's WWE, WCW, and NWA career. Listed is every PPV match (excluding battle royals in which he was not involved in the ending) and title change that he has been involved in. Bolded items represent title victories while italicized items represent title losses. Please note that in the '80s, there were several title changes that were not recognized by the promoters.
While they are listed here, they do not count towards Flair's World Championships.

12/26 - w/Greg Valentine beat Ole & Gene Anderson to win the NWA World Tag Team Championship

5/8 - w/Greg Valentine lost the NWA Tag Team Titles to Ole & Gene Anderson
7/29 - won the U.S. Title from Bobo Brazil
10/23 - lost the U.S. Title to Ricky Steamboat
10/30 - w/Greg Valentine regained the NWA Tag Team Titles from Ole & Gene Anderson

4/?? – Flair and Valentine are stripped of the NWA World Tag Team Titles
4/9 - won the U.S. Title from Mr. Wrestling
12/18 - lost the U.S. Title to Ricky Steamboat

4/1 - regained the U.S. Title from Ricky Steamboat
8/8 - w/ Blackjack Mulligan won the NWA World Tag Team Championship from Baron Von Raschke & Paul Jones
8/12 – vacated the U.S. Title
8/22 - w/ Blackjack Mulligan lost the NWA World Tag Team Championship to Baron Von Raschke & Paul Jones

4/19 - won the U.S. Title from Jimmy Snuka
7/26 - lost the U.S. Title to Greg Valentine
11/24 - regained the U.S. Title from Greg Valentine

1/27 - lost the U.S. Title to Roddy Piper
9/17 - beat Dusty Rhodes to win the NWA World Championship


- during a tour of Puerto Rico he allowed himself to be pinned by Jack Veveno to avoid a riot. The title was given back to Flair after the match and the title change is not recognized in his 16-World Championship Count.
7/14 - fought to a double DQ against WWF Champion Bob Backlund
12/25 Christmas Star Wars - beat Kerry Von Erich in a steel cage match due to the actions of referee Michael Hayes.

This event started the classic Von Eric-Freebird feud.

1/6 - lost the title to Carlos Colon, the loss is not recognized
1/10 - regained the title from Carlos Colon (not counted towards his 16 wins)
2/9 - lost the title to the Midnight Rider (the suspended Dusty Rhodes under a mask) but when he refused to unmask Flair was given back the title
6/10 - lost the NWA World Title to Harley Race
11/24 Starrcade – regained the NWA Championship from Harley Race in a steel cage match
12/25 Christmas Star Wars – lost via DQ to David Von Erich

3/21 - lost the title to Harley Race on a foreign tour (not recognized)
3/23 - regained the title from Harley Race (not counted towards his 16 wins)
5/6 Parade of Champions – lost the NWA World Championship to Kerry Von Erich
5/24 – regained the title from Kerry Von Erich
11/29 Starrcade - NWA Title and $1 million: Ric Flair beat Dusty Rhodes when special guest ref Joe Frazier stopped the match due to excessive bleeding.
12/25 Christmas Star Wars – lost by DQ to Kerry Von Erich

5/5 Parade of Champions – fought Kevin Von Erich to a double count out
7/6 Great American Bash – beat Nikita Koloff
9/29 - beat Nikita Koloff in a steel cage match. After the match, Ric and the Andersons broke Dusty Rhodes ankle.

10/2 - fought to a double count out against AWA World Champion Rick Martel
11/28 Starrcade – lost to Dusty Rhodes by DQ

4/19 Crockett Cup – beat Dusty Rhodes by DQ
7/26 Great American Bash – lost the title to Dusty Rhodes in a steel cage match
8/9 – regained the title from Dusty Rhodes
11/27 Starrcade – beat Nikita Koloff by DQ

4/11 Crockett Cup – beat Barry Windham
7/4 Great American Bash - Wargames 1: The Super Powers, The Road Warriors, & Paul Ellering beat The Four Horsemen & JJ Dillon
7/11 Great American Bash – beat Jimmy Garvin a cage match to earn a date with Precious
9/25 – lost the NWA World Championship to Ronnie Garvin in a steel cage match
11/26 Starrcade – regained the title from Ronnie Garvin in a steel cage match

1/24 Bunkhouse Stampede – lost to Road Warrior Hawk by DQ
3/27 Clash of Champions – fought to a draw with Sting
4/23 Crockett Cup – lost to Nikita Koloff by DQ
7/10 GAB – beat Lex Luger when the match was stopped due to excessive bleeding
12/7 COC - Ric Flair & Barry Windham defeated The Midnight Express
12/26 Starrcade – beat Lex Luger

2/20 Chi-Town Rumble – lost the NWA World Champion ship to Ricky Steamboat
4/2 COC – lost a best-of-3 falls match to Ricky Steamboat 2-1
5/7 Music City Showdown – regained the title from Ricky Steamboat. After the match, he was attacked and injured by Terry Funk.
7/23 GAB – beat Terry Funk
9/12 COC - Sting & Ric Flair beat Dick Slater & Great Muta by DQ.

After the match, Terry Funk put a plastic bag over Ric Flair's head.
10/28 Halloween Havoc - Thunderdome Cage Match: Sting & Ric Flair beat Terry Funk & The Gret Muta. Bruno Sammartino was special guest ref.
11/15 COC – beat Terry Funk in an I-Quit match
12/23 Starrcade – beat the Great Muta
12/23 Starrcade – battled Lex Luger to a draw
12/23 Starrcade – lost to Sting

1990 - 1997 are on the following page, 1998 - present are on page 3

2/6 COC - Cage Match: Ric Flair, Ole & Arn Anderson beat Buzz Sawyer, The Great Muta, & Dragon Master. Sting injured his leg when he tried to enter the cage.
2/25 Wrestle War – beat Lex Luger by count out
5/19 Capitol Combat – lost a steel cage match to Lex Luger by DQ
6/13 COC – lost to the Junkyard Dog by DQ
7/7 GAB – lost the NWA Title to Sting
9/5 COC – lost to U.S. Champion Lex Luger by DQ
10/27 Halloween Havoc - NWA Tag Team Titles: Champs Doom battled Ric Flair & Arn Anderson to a double-count out
11/20 COC – beat Butch Reed
12/16 Starrcade – as the Black Scorpion lost to Sting in a steel cage match

1/11 – regained the NWA Title from Sting. During this title reign the belt was renamed the WCW World Championship.
1/30 COC – fought Scott Steiner to a draw
2/24 Wrestle War - War Games: Ric Flair, Sid Vicious, Barry Windham, & Larry Zbysko beat Sting, Brian Pillman, & The Steiners
3/21 - either lost the WCW World Title, had the belt declared vacant or was still champion after a match with Tatsumi Fujinami
5/19 Superbrawl – beat Tatsumi Fujinama to settle the dispute (not counted towards the 16 World Title wins)
6/14 COC – beat Bobby Eaton 2-1 in a best-of-3 falls match
7/1 – stripped of the WCW World Championship. Ric enters the WWE with the WCW World Championship.
11/27 Survivor Series - Ric Flair, The Mountie, Ted DiBiase & The Warlord beat I-C Champ Bret Hart, Roddy Piper, Virgil, & Davey Boy Smith

1/19 Royal Rumble – won the vacant WWE Championship by winning the Rumble
1/27 Saturday Night’s Main Event - Hulk Hogan & Sid Justice beat Ric Flair & The Undertaker by DQ
4/5 WrestleMania VIII – lost the WWE Championship to Randy Savage
9/1 – Regained the title from Randy Savage
10/12 – lost the title to Bret Hart
11/25 Survivor Series - Randy Savage & Curt Henning beat Ric Flair & Razor Ramon by DQ

6/17 COC – w/Arn Anderson beat Steve Austin & Brian Pillman 2 falls to 0
7/18 Beach Blast – beat Barry Windham to win the NWA World Championship. During this title reign the belt is renamed the WCW International Championship.
8/18 COC - Sting & Ric Flair beat The Colossal Kings
9/19 Fall Brawl – lost the WCW International World Championship to Rick Rude
10/24 Halloween Havoc – lost to Rick Rude by DQ
11/10 COC – beat WCW Champion Big Van Vader by DQ
11/20 Battlebowl - Ric Flair & Steve Austin beat 2 Cold Scorpio & Maxx Payne
12/27 Starrcade – beat Vader to win the WCW World Championship in a title vs career match

1/27 COC - Elimination Match: Sting & Ric Flair beat Big Van Vader & Rick Rude
2/20 Superbrawl – beat Vader in a Thunderdome Cage Match
4/17 Spring Stampede – beat Ricky Steamboat
5/22 Slamboree – beat Barry Windham
6/24 COC - WCW & WCW International Title Unification Match: WCW Champ Ric Flair beat WCW International Champ Sting to win unify the titles
7/17 Bash at the Beach – lost the WCW Championship to Hulk Hogan
8/2 COC – beat WCW Champion Hulk Hogan by count out
10/23 Halloween Havoc – forced to retire after losing a cage match to Hulk Hogan; Mr. T was the referee

4/18 Kollision in Korea – lost to Antonio Inoki
5/21 Slamboree - Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage beat Ric Flair & Big Van Vader
6/18 GAB – beat Randy Savage
7/16 Bash at the Beach – lost to Randy Savage in a Lumberjack Match which was filmed for Baywatch
8/6 COC – Vader beat Ric Flair and Arn Anderson in a Handicap Match
9/17 Fall Brawl – lost to Arn Anderson
10/29 Halloween Havoc - Ric Flair & Sting beat Arn Anderson & Brian Pillman by DQ
11/16 World War 3 – lost to Sting
12/27 Starrcade – beat Sting & Lex Luger to get a title shot later in the show
12/27 Starrcade – beat Randy Savage to win the WCW World Championship

1/22 Nitro – lost the WCW Title to Randy Savage
1/23 COC - Ric Flair & The Giant beat Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage
2/11 Superbrawl – beat Randy Savage in a Steel Cage match
3/10 Uncensored - Doomsday Cage Match: Hulk Hogan & Randy Savage beat Ric Flair, Arn Anderson, Lex Luger, Kevin Sullivan. The Barbarian, Meng, The Ultimate Solution, & Z-Gangsta
4/22 Nitro – lost the WCW Title to the Giant
5/19 Slamboree - Ric Flair & Randy Savage beat Eddie Guerrero & Arn Anderson
6/16 GAB - Ric Flair & Arn Anderson beat Steve McMichael & Kevin Greene
7/7 Bash at the Beach – beat Konnan to win the U.S. Title
8/15 COC – beat WCW Champion Hulk Hogan by DQ
9/15 Fall Brawl - War Games: Hollywood Hogan, Scott Hall, Kevin Nash & Fake Sting beat Sting, Lex Luger, Arn Anderson, & Ric Flair
11/?? – stripped of the U.S. Title due to a shoulder injury

5/18 Slamboree - Ric Flair, Roddy Piper, & Kevin Greene beat Scott Hall, Kevin Nash, & Syxx
7/13 Bash at the Beach - lost to Roddy Piper
8/9 Road Wild – beat Syxx
8/21 COC - Ric Flair & Curt Hennig beat Konnan & Syxx
9/14 Fall Brawl - War Games: Kevin Nash, Konnan, Syxx, & Buff Bagwell beat Ric Flair, Chris Benoit, Steve McMichael & Curt Hennig
10/26 Halloween Havoc – lost to U.S. Champion Curt Hennig by DQ
11/23 World War 3 – lost to U.S. Champion Curt Hennig

1998 - present are on page 3

1/24 Souled Out – lost to Bret Hart
12/27 Starrcade –lost to Eric Bischoff

1/17 Souled Out - Ric & David Flair beat Curt Henning & Barry Windham
2/21 Superbrawl – lost to WCW World Champion Hollywood Hogan
3/14 Uncensored – beat Hulk Hogan to win the WCW World Title and become president of WCW
4/11 Spring Stampede - Four Corners Match for WCW Title: Dallas Page beat champ Ric Flair, Sting, & Hollywood Hogan to win the belt
5/9 Slamboree – lost to Roddy Piper by reverse decision
6/13 GAB – beat Roddy Piper by DQ
10/24 Halloween Havoc – lost a Strap Match to Dallas Page

3/19 Uncensored – lost a Strap Match to Hulk Hogan
4/17 Spring Stampede - Handicap Match: Ric Flair & Lex Luger beat Big Vito, Johnny the Bull, and the Harris Brothers
4/17 Spring Stampede – Shane Douglas & Buff Bagwell beat Flair & Luger
5/7 Slamboree – lost to Shane Douglas
5/15 Nitro - won the WCW World Championship from Jeff Jarrett
5/22 Nitro – lost the WCW World Championship to Jeff Jarrett
5/29 Nitro – awarded the WCW Title from Kevin Nash
5/29 Nitro – lost the WCW World Championship to Jeff Jarrett
6/11 GAB – beat David Flair

3/18 Greed - Dustin & Dusty Rhodes beat Ric Flair & Jeff Jarrett
3/26 Final Nitro – lost to Sting

1/20 Royal Rumble – beat Vince McMahon in a Street Fight
3/17 WrestleMania X8 – lost to the Undertaker
5/19 Judgment Day - Handicap Match: Steve Austin beat The Big Show & Ric Flair
6/23 King of the Ring – beat Eddie Guerrero
8/25 SummerSlam – beat Chris Jericho
9/22 Unforgiven – lost to Intercontinental Champion Chris Jericho
10/20 No Mercy – lost to Rob Van Dam

4/27 Backlash - Triple H, Ric Flair & Chris Jericho beat Kevin Nash, Shawn Michaels, & Booker T
6/15 Bad Blood – beat Shawn Michaels
12/14 Armageddon - Tag Team Turmoil Match: Ric Flair & Batista won the World Tag Team Titles in a match featuring champs The Dudley Boyz, Scott Steiner & Test, Rob Conway & Rene Dupree, The Hurricane & Rosey, Lance Storm & Val Venis, and Mark Jindrak & Garrison Cade

1/25 Royal Rumble – w/Batista beat the Dudley Boyz in a Tables Match
2/16 RAW – w/Batista lost the tag team titles to Rob Van Dam & Booker T
3/14 WrestleMania XX - Ric Flair, Randy Orton & Batista beat The Rock & Mick Foley
3/22 RAW – Flair & Batista regained the tag team titles from Booker T & Rob Van Dam
4/18 Backlash – lost to Shelton Benjamin
4/19 RAW – Batista & Flair lost the tag team titles to Chris Benoit & Edge
7/11 Vengeance – Ric Flair & Eugene lost to tag team champions La Resistance
9/12 Unforgiven - Chris Benoit & William Regal beat Ric Flair & Batista
11/1 Taboo Tuesday – lost a Steel Cage Match to Randy Orton

9/18 Unforgiven – won the Intercontinental Championship from Carlito
11/1 Taboo Tuesday – beat Triple H in a Steel Cage Match
11/27 Survivor Series – lost a Last Man Standing Match to Triple H

1/8 New Year’s Revolution – beat Edge by DQ
2/20 RAW – lost the Intercontinental Championship to Shelton Benjamin
4/2 WrestleMania 22 - Money in the Bank Match: Rob Van Dam beat Matt Hardy. Lashley. Finlay. Ric Flair. & Shelton Benjamin
4/30 Backlash – lost to Umaga
6/25 Vengeance – beat Mick Foley in a Best of 3 Falls Match
8/20 SummerSlam – beat Mick Foley in an I Quit Match
11/5 Cyber Sunday – Ric Flair & Roddy Piper beat the Spirit Squad to win the World Tag Team Championship
11/15 RAW – Flair & Piper lost the tag team titles to Edge & Randy Orton
11/26 Survivor Series - Ric Flair, Sgt. Slaughter, Ron Simmons, and Dusty Rhodes beat the Spirit Squad

1/7 New Year’s Revolution – lost to Kenny Dykstra
5/20 Judgment Day - beat Carlito
6/24 Vengeance - lost to U.S. Champion MVP

1/27 Royal Rumble - beat MVP
2/17 No Way Out - beat Ken Kennedy
3/30 WrestleMania XXIV - lost to Shawn Michaels and as a result was forced to retire

7/11 Victory Road - lost to Jay Lethal

4/17 Lockdown - Fortune (James Storm, Robert Roode, Chris Daniels, & Kazarian) beat Immortal (Ric Flair, Abyss, Bully Ray, and Matt Hardy) in a Lethal Lockdown Match

Sources Include: WWE.com, Pro Wrestling Illustrated Almanac, and Onlineworldofwrestling.com

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