Tuesday 24 October 2017

Nature Boy's switch shows you can put a price on loyalty

Ric Flair
Ric Flair

Donny Mahoney

Next Sunday's NFL play-off game between the Carolina Panthers and the San Francisco 49ers was always set to be epic. Yet no one expected a classic backstab by a retired professional wrestler to play a decisive role in the build-up.

Allow me to explain. Casual wrestling fans should know 'The Nature Boy' Ric Flair. Brash and ancient, Flair is one of wrestling's great showmen and beloved mostly for bellowing his trademark 'woooo'.

'The Nature Boy' is a proud son of Charlotte, North Carolina, a regular at Panthers games and something of a cheerleader for the revived Panthers. There's a locker room video of the team celebrating victories this season with a collective Flair-esque 'woooo' (a southern cousin, perhaps, to the Banner roar.)

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