Ric Flair is officially recognized by WWE as a sixteen-time world champion. The company counts eight NWA World Heavyweight Championships, six WCW titles, and two reigns with WWE. While he’s been busy promoting his upcoming final match, The Nature Boy still found time to take to social media to disagree with that count.

Flair posted a video of himself defeating Sting to unify the WCW World and International championships in 1994. Ric believes that should bring his total to 17 world title reigns. He thinks WWE can’t count.

The WCW International World Heavyweight Championship lasted less than a year. At the time, it represented the lineage of the National Wrestling Alliance championship. WCW had recently withdrawn from the NWA, and so a new championship was created to take its place.

Ric Flair won the title at Clash of the Champions XXVII in June of 1994. The championship was immediately retired. Flair was also the first International champion after he beat Barry Windham for the NWA title in 1993 as WCW left the NWA.


Fans can argue about the amount of world titles Ric Flair has won for hours. It depends on the standard. The WCW International title that he won in 1994 was never defended, and the belt disappeared shortly thereafter.

In a sport where the winners are predetermined, championships still mean a lot. A world title recognizes that a wrestler is a trusted worker, a top draw, and can make the company money. Ric Flair thinks WWE is shortchanging him for at least one reign.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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