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Ric Flair debuts 47 years ago

On this day in wrestling history, Ric Flair debuted in the American Wrestling Association.

Flair battled in a nearly ten minute match against George “Scrap Iron” Gadaski to a draw.

Training under Verne Gagne, Ric would go on to battle with many future stars in the AWA:

  • Dusty Rhodes
  • Andre The Giant
  • Larry Hennig
  • Wahoo McDaniel
  • Chris Taylor

Flair would go on to a long illustrious career that spanned the entire world from Japan to WWF, WCW and NWA before retiring from the ring on December 3, 2012.

He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame twice, once on his own (2008) and once as a part of the Four Horsemen (2012) with Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham, and J.J. Dillon.

Other history from today:

2000 – The WWF held “Armageddon” in Birmingham, which included the only six-person Hell In A Cell Match. Kurt Angle defeated the Rock, Stone Cold, HHH, Undertaker, and Rikishi.

2010 – Jersey All Pro Wrestling – Josh Daniels defeats Jonathan Gresham with a belly to back suplex with a bridge pin at 7:32.

1957 – AWA – The Atomic Blonds (Johnny Valentine and Chet Wallich) defeats Joe and Guy Brunetti for the World Tag Team Title.

1999 – New Japan – Genichiro Tenryu defeated Keiji Mutoh for the IWGP Title.