Sting reflects on how Ric Flair gave him his big break in wrestling


WWE and wrestling fans from around the world were saddened by the news this past weekend that Ric Flair had been admitted to the hospital on Saturday and placed into a medically induced coma.

The Nature Boy had successful surgery this past week according to reports, but there hasn't been any indication if he is still in his coma. His friends and family have been asking fans to send their love and prayers for Flair at this time of need.

They have also been asking fans to share their stories of the two-time WWE Hall of Famer and how he has impacted their lives in order to show their support. That's exactly what one of Flair's greatest rivals has done.


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Speaking recently to NBC Elmira about a number of wrestling topics, Sting spoke about how Flair gave him his big break in wrestling, saying if it wasn't for The Nature Boy, he wouldn't have reached the heights that he was able to in his career. 

Sting faced Flair in a match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship at NWA Clash of Champions in March 1988. The match ended in a draw, with Flair retaining the title, but The Icon is very appreciative of Flair for giving him the chance.

Speaking about their memorable clash from almost thirty years ago, The Icon said: "Ric was an established, huge, national – probably international at that time - name and I was just a young kid, a 'curtain jerker' kind of wrestler.

"He had an opponent that got injured and the promoter – Dusty Rhodes, who was promoting and wrestling at the time – said, 'We got to find somebody for Ric' and so he put the kid, Sting, in there with Ric Flair at the very first Clash of the Champions."

Sting and Flair would go on to face each other several more times after this clash, creating one of the most iconic feuds in wrestling history. The two even faced one another in the last ever WCW Nitro match before WWE purchased the promotion.

Skip to an hour in the video below for the match between Ric Flair and Sting at NWA Clash of Champions in 1988.

Sting sent his own get well soon message to Ric Flair on Twitter, wishing him a speedy recovery.

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