Classic Ric Flair matches are a “sure thing” for me. From his spectacular Drag-Queen inspired robes, to his cocky attitude, to his flowing blond locks, he really was a great performer and exciting wrestler. And if you watch enough of his matches, you’ll see that Flair was actually a very submissive jobber, letting all his opponents over-power and rule him. (Maybe that’s why I love him so.)
This match against Kevin von Erich, recently posted to YouTube is a good example of Flair’s submissive antics.
Playing the hero, Kevin wore plain white trunks which, paired with his bare feet, make us think of him wrestling around in his underwear.
If you get off on Headscissors, this match is a Must Watch for you. Kevin is in a Scissoring mood against Flair and captures him in repeated skull-crushing Leg Vices which Flair sells obediently.
While in Kevin’s scissors, Flair does this thing where he gently touches and slaps those flexing calf muscles. He is very respectful about it and we get the sense that he worships those dominant legs.
Flair breaks free for a moment and attempts a Headlock, so Kevin reaches right back up with those killer Legs and entraps him again. Kevin’s legs are presented as an unbeatable force, the original Weapons of Mass Destruction.
The commentator begins to verbally fluff us up by describing Kevin’s crushing power:
“Right back in the scissors of Kevin von Erich. TREMENDOUS leg strength by the challenger!“
Do you see how wonderfully submissive and weak Flair acts? He gives Kevin full permission to scissor him over and over again, and begs him to stop. Flair would’ve made a fantastic jobber! He is like one of those executives who barks orders and makes decisions all day, but behind closed doors you learn that his bluster is just an act — that he truly craves being bossed around and dominated by a stronger man.
And Kevin isn’t done dominating the Champ yet. He soars in the air and clutches Flair’s blond head between his thighs, whipping him down to the mat for some more ass-grinding Scissor action. What a delight!
We then get some more dirty talk from the commentator:
“Still caught in the headscissors and Kevin von Erich REALLY applying some pressure here. The SCREAMS OF ANGUISH from Ric Flair!
Damn Flair, how many times are you going to get your head caught between those grinding thighs? Don’t you know it’s humiliating to have your face pressed right up into another man’s crack in public?? Have some self respect, you are the CHAMP for god’s sake!
Flair’s killer move, which we get to see in 99.9% of his matches, is the Figure 4 Leglock, but it is conspicuously absent in this match. He could’ve destroyed Kevin’s legs with that hold, stopping him from applying these endless Scissors!
Yet the story of the match is the Champ’s helplessness against those legs. He knows his Figure 4 Leglock is no match for Kevin’s powerful legs. Flair presents himself as a fraud of a champion, utterly outmatched by the young challenger with the deadly tree-trunk legs. THIS is what makes Flair such a pleasure in the ring — not that he kicks everyone’s ass, but that he willingly and eagerly allows everyone to kick his.
Here is how Kevin finished off Flair, with this amazing backwards leap off the top rope that wipes out the Champ. Kevin is like Tarzan diving off a cliff to wrestle a crocodile, with the camera in the perfect position to capture it.
In truth, I would’ve enjoyed it more if Flair had been made to submit to Kevin’s killer Scissors rather than being tackled like this, but this soaring jump looks so slick and amazing, I had to include it in this write-up.
The show’s video editor know they’ve caught a pretty awesome stunt too, because he repeats the clip in slow motion like three more times for us. Then Flair is declared the winner due to some bullshit technicality and gets to keep his precious gold belt. WHOOOOOO!