The 50 greatest stars in WCW history

#2 Ric Flair

Already a sports-entertainment icon by the time Ted Turner launched WCW, Ric Flair continued along his path of success in the Atlanta-based promotion. Legendary rivalries with the likes of Sting, Ricky Steamboat and Lex Luger defined The Nature Boy’s reputation as one of the country’s best competitors and his seven reigns as WCW Champion gave him further ammunition for his freewheeling interviews.

Although Flair left WCW in favor of WWE in ’91, he returned home in 1993 and went right back to styling and profiling as the leader of The Four Horsemen. When The New World Order’s power expanded, Flair went after Eric Bischoff, defeating The nWo’s corporate leader to become WCW President in 1998. Flair remained a major player until the last episode of Monday Nitro where he battled his longtime rival Sting in an emotional sendoff for WCW. — B.M.