Flair, known as “The Nature Boy” in wrestling circles, retired two weeks ago from the world of professional wrestling after a career that spanned nearly four decades. He wasn’t born in North Carolina but has lived in Charlotte for most of his life, and had a huge fan following.
He’s also a constituent of staunch conservative Congresswoman Sue Myrick, who represents NC’s 9th district. I used to be in her district, too, until the district, sadly, was gerrymandered so that the race-baiting Mel Watt (D-12th district) could continue to get elected to Congress. Anyway, Myrick honored Flair today on the House floor. Here’s video of what she said (via FamousDC):
Charlotte’s neighbors at the Gaston Gazette have the transcript of her remarks:
Thank you Mr. Speaker
I would like to honor the career of a man whom I am proud to call both a constituent and a friend.
Ric Flair’s professional wrestling career of 36 years, in which he entertained millions of people around the world, recently came to a close.
He will forever be known as an innovator, a pioneer, and perhaps the greatest that his industry has ever seen. By any standard, Ric Flair is a living legend.
His name is recognized all over the world, but he calls Charlotte, NC home.
On his way to being named a record 16-time world champion, Flair became famous for his bleached blond hair, designer suits, and charismatic on-stage persona, while dishing out his trademark chops-and of course, the dreaded Figure Four Leglock.
On March 29, 2008, Ric Flair became the first active wrestler to ever be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame.
Often imitated, but never duplicated, Ric Flair’s legacy will forever be synonymous with the world of professional wrestling.
A fixture at Carolina Hurricanes and Panthers games in my home state, the joy and emotion Ric Flair’s very presence evokes will certainly continue on for a very, very long time.
Today I honor the outstanding career of the “Nature Boy”-and congratulate Charlotte’s favorite son-Ric Flair.
Yes, she actually said “Whoooo” much in the way Flair would have.
Needless to say, this will probably endear her to many of her constituents for life