The following press release was issued today by the National Wrestling Alliance…
Whoooo the Newest Inductee
Charlotte, NC (May 30, 2008) â€“ The word legend is thrown around a lot these days, but â€œThe Nature Boyâ€ Ric Flair is the very definition of the word and the National Wrestling AllianceÂ® will be inducting him into the NWAâ„¢ Hall of Fame on June 7th at the Philips Arena in Atlanta, GA!
Flair is an icon of Pro Wrestling and has collected 16 World Heavyweight Championships including 8 recognized by the NWAâ„¢, 6 by World Championship Wrestling and 2 for World Wrestling Entertainment. Flair was also the leader of â€œThe Four Horsemen,â€ a dominant group of fighters that ruled the Pro Wrestling world for many, many years.
â€œWith Ric Flairâ€™s involvement, Iâ€™d say our 60th Anniversary event is truly going to be a history making one. I have been around the NWAâ„¢ longer than anyone and I can tell you this marks the first time in close to 20 years that Flair is going to step into an NWAâ„¢ building,â€ said NWAâ„¢ Executive Director Robert K. Trobich, he continued â€œAtlanta this is a great homecoming for many of these men, I mean Rich, Sheik, The Midnights, Koloff and Flair at the site of the old Omni? I hope every wrestling fan in Atlanta comes out and shows the support these men earned and deserved. This may be the greatest Class weâ€™ve ever inducted.â€
Since the year 2000, Flair has wrestled for World Wrestling Entertainment on their RAW and Smackdown brands. Earlier this year he lost a match at WrestleMania 24 in Orlando, FL that required him to retire ending a storied 30 plus year career. Today Flair acts a WWE Ambassador, representing the company at special events.
The 2008 NWAâ„¢ Hall of Fame Ceremony will take place on June 7th in Atlanta, GA. It is a featured attraction during the NWAâ„¢ 60th Anniversary event. Tickets to this event are on sale now at ticketmaster.com or the Philips Arena Box Office.
Flair joins Nikita Koloff, the Midnight Express, the Iron Sheik and Tommy Rich as new inductees. As previously announced, Hall of Famer Jim Cornette will emcee the festivities on June 7. For a list of previous inductees, see this earlier press release.