of each WCW Ric Flair is one of the best picks of all time due to his legendary feuds with stars like Ricky Steamboat, Sting, Terry Funk and Hulk Hogan. But he also had a great rivalry with Lex Luger, who made his first big splash in WCW before moving to WWE and returning.
Despite his stardom, Luger has become a bit underrated over the years, especially since he and Flair put on some seriously great matches during their WCW rivalry. Let’s take a look at their entire kayfabe relationship from the early days to their last major fights.
10/10 First meet in Championship Wrestling from Florida
Prior to WCW, Lex Luger started Eddie Graham’s career Championship Wrestling from Florida, debuted in October 1985 and won the NWA Florida Southern Heavyweight Championship a few weeks later. As part of the NWA, the CWF brought in many of the biggest NWA stars, including Ric Flair. Luger and Flair first met in the promotion, with Lex challenging the Nature Boy to a 2/3 falls match for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship. Battle of the Belts 3. After one takedown each, the bout ended in a draw in the time limit.
9/10 The Four Horsemen stablemate
Lex Luger joined Jim Crockett Promotions — which later became WCW — in 1987 as a heel affiliated with the Four Horsemen. However, soon after, Luger was officially made a member of the group, often teaming with Flair in tag team matches and even war games (see below). Later in the year, Luger would leave the group due to an incident at the Bunkhouse Stampede match where Horseman manager JJ Dillon demanded Luger and the other Horsemen remove themselves. Luger chose to win the match for himself, angering his former teammates.
8/10 Challenged Ric Flair for the World Title at the Great American Bash
Rather than merely defecting from the Horsemen, Lex Luger directly opposed the group as a challenger for Ric Flair’s NWA World Heavyweight Title. The match took place at The Great American Bash in July 1988, but did not end in Luger’s favor.
After 23 minutes, Luger submitted Flair in his signature Torture Rack submission to win the match, but Luger’s bleeding wound to his forehead violated the local Kayfabe Athletic Commission rules and the match had to be stopped.
7/10 Main event Starrcade ’88
The Great American Bash Lex Luger’s quest for the world title was not over. Came after half a year Starcade ’88, where the belt can change hands with a disqualification in the two main events in one bout. Flair spent the match working on Luger’s legs, which came true when Luger picked up the champ for the Torture Rack. Not only did Luger fall as Flair landed on top of him, but Flair put his foot on the ropes to gain the extra advantage in a pinfall win over the challenger.
6/10 Fought in an Iron Man tournament at Starrcade ’89
A four-way brawl followed the main event the following November Clash of the Champions 9 which included Ric Flair, Lex Luger, Sting and The Great Muta. Here the four are set to compete against each other in a round-robin Iron Man tournament Starcade ’89. In addition to defeating Sting and Muta, Luger once again faced Flair and the two battled to the time limit. Luger did not lose a single match in the tournament, but Sting eventually scored more points.
5/10 Luger had another shot at Ric Flair due to Sting’s injury
As he won the Iron Man Championship, Sting became the #1 contender to Ric Flair’s NWA World Heavyweight Championship two months later. wrestling war ’90. Unfortunately, Sting doesn’t have to thanks to his knee injury. Lex Luger replaced the Stinger to go over Flair once again, but it once again failed to work in Luger’s favor. The bout lasted nearly 40 minutes, but after losing to Flair’s backup, Anderson, Luger left the ring to check on Sting. This earned Flair the countout victory and retained the belt.
4/10 Luger was unable to defeat Flair in 1990
wrestling war 1990 was not the only match between Lex Luger and Ric Flair. In May, Luger once again challenged Flair for the world title in a steel cage match. capital battle. Unfortunately, the match would end in a disqualification when the heels broke open the cage.
At the time, Luger was already the NWA United States Heavyweight Champion and held a record 523-day reign. He defended that belt against Flair in September Clash of the Champions 12But that, too, ended in a DQ due to a run-in by Stan Hanson, who dethroned Luger as champion the following month.
3/10 Flair left WCW in the middle of their 1991 feud
In mid-1991, Lex Luger and Ric Flair were set to go at it once again, with Luger now the #1 contender for the WCW World Heavyweight Championship. However, their scheduled bout here The Great American Bash Nothing happened in July as Flair abruptly left the company due to issues with WCW management. Flair jumped ship to WWE and took the belt with him, while Luger defeated Barry Windham for the vacant WCW World Title, which was represented by the old defunct NWA title belt modified into the WCW belt.
2/10 Conflict in war games
After becoming part of the Four Horsemen in 1987, Lex Luger was Ric Flair’s partner in War Games matches on the 1987 Great American Bash Tour, facing the team of the Road Warriors, Dusty Rhodes and Nikia Koloff. However, in 1988, the two were on opposite teams at War Games, with Luger teaming with Rhodes and Horseman against the Road Warriors. Flair and Luger would appear in the double-ring and cage once again in 1996, teaming up as Team WCW against the New World Order.
1/10 Rekindled their rivalry in 1996
Before the 1996 War Games match, Ric Flair and Lex Luger once again feuded. Originally formed as part of the Alliance to End Halkamania, Luger was fired from the group due to a miscommunication with the infamous Flair. Uncensored ’96 Doomsday Cage Match. As a result, the two became rivals again, with Luger unsuccessfully challenging Flair for the World Title. Nitro in April. Sting also joined their rivalry, leading to several tag team matches against Flair and The Giant – including several championships.