Here's a minor confession (which shouldn't come as a surprise to any of you if you follow me at all), I knew this Ric Flair thing was going to cause a dustup. When I heard he met with the San Francisco 49ers my immediate thought was, "Why would he do this to the Carolina Panthers?" This wasn't quite Hulk Hogan donning the black-and-white of the New World Order, but it was pretty close.
And without further ado ...
||Ric Flair||Give it to ...|
|Height:||5-9||6-1||Push. Both might be undersized for their given professions, but both excelled.|
|Weight:||185 lbs.||243 lbs.||Smith. Much leaner and nimble.|
|Age:||34||64||Smith is the younger competitor. But maybe Flair should get bonus points for being "just" 64 because he looks 80.|
|Smith. He's still at the top of his game.|
|Team:||Carolina Panthers||Four Horsemen||Flair. The Horsemen have the rings.|
|Hall of Fame:||Perhaps||Yes||Smith. That's right, I'm giving it to Smith because Flair tarnished his legacy when he had his glowing retirement from the WWE, but then started to compete in TNA.|
|Nickname:||None||Nature Boy||Flair, obviously. But how does a player of Smith's caliber not have a great nickname?|
|Catchphrase:||"Ice up, son."||"Wooooooo!"||Flair. I like "Ice up, son" but will it have the staying power of Flair's signature? I mean, just got to a crowded mall and yell out, "Woooooo" and you'll likely have a handful of people join you.|
|Championships:||2003 NFC Champions||16-time World Heavyweight champion||Flair|
|Known for fighting:||Aqib Talib||Sting||Flair|
|Finishing move:||Touchdown reception||The Figure Four Leg Lock||Smith|
|Defining moment of his career:||Caught a 69-yard TD pass in the second overtime to beat St. Louis in the 2003 playoffs||Winner of the 1992 Royal Rumble to win the WWF championship||
Flair. I mean, beating St. Louis is pretty cool, but Flair started at No. 3 and won the whole thing. And then there was this.
(Kudos to commenter Stephen Giuffrida for catching our intial error of listing Flair as entrant No. 1)
|You might be interested to know:||Was a teammate of Chad Johnson at Santa Monica City College||Survived a plane crash many thought would ruin his career||Flair|
|Has he ever been in Studio 66:||Yes||No||Smith|
While Flair appeared to be winning this one, I'm going to award Smith the victory based on a disqualification. There is no way you can turn your back on your hometown, Flair. I really hope the Panthers reach out to Sting to have him give the pregame talk.