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RIC FLAIR: THE 16-TIME... 18-TIME ... 21-TIME... EXACTLY HOW MANY TIMES HAS HE BEEN WORLD CHAMPION?

By Buck Woodward on 2008-04-02 17:33:44

PART TWO: THE WWF WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

January 19, 1992 - Ric Flair wins the Royal Rumble in Albany, New York to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

April 5, 1992 - Randy Savage defeats Ric Flair in Indianapolis, Indiana to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

September 1, 1992 - Ric Flair defeats Randy Savage in Hershey, Pennsylvania to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

October 12, 1992 - Bret Hart defeats Ric Flair in Saskatchewan, Canada to win the WWF World Heavyweight Championship.

PART THREE: THE WCW INTERNATIONAL WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

September 1993 - WCW pulls out of the NWA, and the NWA no longer recognizes Ric Flair as the NWA World Heavyweight Champion.  Flair continues to defend the title belt, which is renamed the "WCW International World Heavyweight Title".

September 19, 1993 - Rick Rude defeats Ric Flair in Houston, Texas for the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship.

June 23, 1994 - Ric Flair defeats Sting in Charleston, South Carolina to win the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship, unifying it with the WCW World Heavyweight Title he already holds.

Disputes: Many don't recognize the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship as being a "World Title".  Some that consider it a World Title don't consider Flair unifying it with the WCW World Title as a separate "World Title win".

PART FOUR THE WCW WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE

Note: Please see the NWA World Title section for the 1991 confusion of the NWA World and WCW World Titles.

December 27, 1993 - Ric Flair defeats Vader in Charlotte, North Carolina to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

April 17, 1994 - The WCW World Title is held up when a match between Ric Flair and Ricky Steamboat in Rosemont, Illinois ends in a double-pin. 

April 21, 1994 - Ric Flair defeats Ricky Steamboat in Atlanta, Georgia to reclaim the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

Dispute: Some do not consider the title being held up and Flair regaining it as a separate title victory and instead consider his reign to be uninterrupted.

July 17, 1994 - Hulk Hogan defeats Ric Flair in Orlando, Florida to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

December 27, 1995 - Ric Flair defeats Randy Savage in Nashville, Tennessee to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

January 22, 1996 - Randy Savage defeats Ric Flair in Las Vegas, Nevada to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

February 11, 1996 - Ric Flair defeats Randy Savage in St. Petersburg, Florida to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

April 22, 1996 - The Giant defeats Ric Flair in Albany, Georgia to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

March 14, 1999 - Ric Flair defeats Hulk Hogan in Louisville, Kentucky to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

April 11, 1999 - Diamond Dallas Page defeats Ric Flair in Tacoma, Washington to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

May 15, 2000 - Ric Flair defeats Jeff Jarrett in Biloxi, Mississippi to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

May 22, 2000 - WCW booker Vince Russo strips Ric Flair of the WCW World Heavyweight Title and awards it to Jeff Jarrett.

May 29, 2000 - WCW World Heavyweight Champion Kevin Nash gives the Championship to Ric Flair.

May 29, 2000 - Jeff Jarrett defeats Ric Flair in Salt Lake City, Utah to win the WCW World Heavyweight Championship.

Dispute: During the May 17th edition of Thunder, Ric Flair collapsed following a scheduled tag team match with Arn Anderson vs. David Flair & Daffney.  The following Monday on Nitro, Vince Russo took the title off of Flair and gave it to Jarrett.  Then Kevin Nash came out and took physical possession of the title belt.  This resulted in a match that night between Jarrett and Nash, which was won by Jarrett.  On May 24th, Kevin Nash defeated Jarrett and Scott Steiner in a Three Way Match for the Title, then on May 29th gave the belt to Ric Flair, with his reason being that Russo should not have taken it from Flair in the first place.  Flair would go on to wrestle Jarrett that night, and lose the belt to him.  Some would argue that Flair's title reign should be seen as uninterrupted, others would just point out how stupid WCW booking was at the time.

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