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ESPN’s ‘tragic, triumphant’ Ric Flair documentary ignites fan debate

Ric Flair: There’s no way I should be alive after some of the stuff I’ve done

Ric Flair on his use of alcohol over the years as a professional wrestler.
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Ric Flair on his use of alcohol over the years as a professional wrestler.

The “30 for 30” ESPN documentary on Ric Flair has been a social media phenomenon, with Ric Flair trending for days on Twitter.

Much of the chatter has been about the truthfulness of outrageous claims that Flair had 15 drinks a day for 20 years and had sex with 10,000 women. Many viewers said they were also struck by how heartbreaking the documentary proved to be, in assessing his failings as a father and husband.

Not everybody is believing what they heard, but that didn’t seem to dull enthusiasm for Flair as an athlete, cultural icon and survivor of multiple near-death experiences.

“Nature Boy is funny, sad, tragic and triumphant,” tweeted Mike Foley, a late 90s WWE wrestler known as Mankind.

“Flair is a combination of Roman Gladiator and Greek Tragedy,” fan R.F. Wells said on Twitter.

Here’s a roundup of social media reactions to the show:

Here's a look at ESPN's 30 for 30 episode on Ric Flair.

Wrestling legend Ric Flair survived a recent hospital scare, just another example of how the Nature Boy continues to cheat death.

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