Ric Flair loves to tell some amazing stories, and he’s been accused of sensationalizing most of those tall tales throughout the years.
The Nature Boy’s rise to fame was almost cut short in the 1970s.
While appearing on the “Dan Le Batard Show” Thursday, Flair told a story of the time he was struck by lightning right before a match against Ricky Steamboat at the Richmond Coliseum.
“I got off the plane and was walking,” Flair says. “I didn’t go 10, 15 feet when all of a sudden I felt this pressure boom, and man, my umbrella shot 50 feet in the air.
“I thought, ‘What the hell?’ Lightning hit the top of my umbrella, bounced off and hit the guy in the eye five feet behind me and killed him. Right there. I just stood there looking at the guy and froze, it scared me to death. People were running out the door to get the guy.”
Flair should have been toast, so Le Betard asked Flair how he survived the umbrella getting jolted.
“I don’t know,” Flair says. “I’ve always wondered what kind of a lawsuit that was, because it was really a big deal, hence probably the steel tips coming off umbrellas at that point.”