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WWE legend sparks rage by betraying own team to support playoff rivals

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WWE legend Ric Flair has built a career on double-crossing his rivals and getting one over on his fellow wrestlers.

So it's no surprise to see 'The Nature Boy' switch allegiances and pledge his support for the San Francisco 49ers ahead of their divisional round game against the Carolina Panthers - despite the fact he used to be a season-ticket holder at the Bank of America Stadium.

The 64-year-old's trademark "Wooooo!" has been used in the 49ers official highlights packages this season, and so the team decided to go one better and actually fly him in to a team meeting on Saturday ahead of their wildcard showdown against the Green Bay Packers.

Fittingly his entrance was aptly grandiose. The 49erst tacked on Flair's WWE introduction to highlights of their game from the previous week.The 40-year wrestling veteran, who still lives in Carolina, waited for the right moment and when the video ended came strutting into the room, much to the surprise and delight of the players.

"Ric Flair's heart is with the 49ers all the way to the end!" he is said to have announced. His visit certainly paid off as San Francisco claimed a 23-20 win over the Packers to set up a showdown with the Panthers.

"If you have to go against Mother Nature, got to bring in the Nature Boy," a 49ers source said according to's Mr RapSheet. The players seemingly enjoyed Flair's fleeting visit, with a host of San Fran stars tweeting pictures with the great man.

The news will be a bitter pill to swallow for Panthers fans, who in the past were used to hearing Flair's trademark call on the scoreboard during games.

The geriatric grappler is also said to be friends with South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier and is a regular at Carolina Hurricanes and Charlotte Hornets games.

One Panthers player took the news particularly badly, with wide receiver Steve Smith revealing he felt betrayed having bought a Ric Flair robe when he was younger.

"That San Francisco bridge has been burned,"  he told the Charlotte Observer.

Flair is going to need more than a steel chair and a small pair of shiny trunks if he wants to show his face in Carolina again...

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