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Prepare for plenty of NWA-footage in Ric Flair’s upcoming ESPN ’30 for 30′

The WWE’s working relationship with ESPN has been gold in the past few months. From WrestleMania to Summerslam to weekly interviews with top talent, the WWE’s been a step ahead of everybody in this newfound marriage between mass media and the squared circle. Now more details have emerged about the first wrestling-related 30 For 30 documentary, all about the jet flying, limousine riding, kiss stealing, wheeling dealing mayor of Space Mountain, Ric Flair.

According to Sports Illustrated‘s Richard Dietsch, the Flair 30 For 30 will be helmed by veteran Rory Karpf who previously helmed I Hate Christian Laettner and The Book of Manning for ESPN’s acclaimed doc series. It’s going to be a doozy as the film will last either 90 or 120 minutes and focus mainly on Flair’s rise as a cultural icon in the 1980s.

Karpf said the 1980s will be the main era of the doc to coincide with the prime of Flair’s career, as well as the explosion of pro wrestling into the pop culture. “Hulk Hogan and Wrestlemania had become household names and meanwhile, Ric was in a rival organization,” Karpf said. “I wanted to explore what specifically made Ric so great and what specifically makes for a great pro wrestler. Why is he considered the greatest of all time? How is that determination made? Unlike the NFL or NBA there really aren’t stats and metrics we can use like touchdowns, points scored or championships to determine greatness. Wrestling is pre-determined. But it is very athletic and the performers are definitely athletes. I wanted to give wrestling its just due in comparison of other sports.”

ESPN had full access to a lot of Flair’s NWA related matches and the film will feature plenty of involvement from those who knew Flair in the ’80s and were inspired by him. Along with a lengthy, “open” interview with the two-time WWE Hall of Famer, the film will include interviews with Flair’s three living children, including current WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte, best friend Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Sting, Shawn Michaels, The Undertaker, Ricky Steamboat, Mick Foley, Jim Ross, Eric Bischoff and even Flair’s ex-wife Leslie.

The film is currently in the editing process and should be released within the next year or so. If it’s anything like WWE’s Ultimate Ric Flair Collection that packed four hours of Flair matches into a full career retrospective, expect it to be absolutely amazing.

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