Today, at the Press Conference of the Television Critics Association (TCA), ESPN announced the long-awaited broadcast date for 30 for 30 Ric Flair documentary entitled “Nature Boy”.
The official press release is as follows:
ESPN Films announced that 30 for 30 documentary “Nature Boy” will become a premier on Tuesday, November 7 at 10 pm at the Television Critics Association Press Tour (TCA). Director of ESPN Rory Karpf of ESPN (“I hate Christian Laettner”, “The Manning of Book”), including Flair’s important role of transforming his victory, tragedy and wrestling into mainstream sports entertainment I will look at the story internally.
Please check the trailer:
— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) July 26, 2017
Real or Fake? It’s a question that’s long shadowed professional wrestling. But for one of the industry’s most legendary performers, there’s never been any separation between the ring and the world around it. His story starts in the Midwest, when a young Richard Fliehr set his sights on rising to stardom in a unique world, and decided to do anything necessary to get to where he wanted. A character was born, along with a singular desire “to be the man,” and a drive that made him as popular and polarizing as any figure ever to step into the ring. The success took a considerable toll – on his body, and on his wives and children – and in 2013 came a tragic postscript. But today, Flair remains as defiant as ever, proud of his legacy, eager to remain in the spotlight. This is the story of a man, a character, and their unbreakable connection.
“Nature Boy” features two in-depth conversations between Karpf and Flair over a 16-month span, surrounded by interviews with those closest to the man himself; including Triple H, Hulk Hogan, Ricky Steamboat, Baby Doll, Tully Blanchard, The Undertaker, Arn Anderson, Shawn Michaels, Sting and Road Warrior Animal as well as his first wife, Leslie Jacobs, and children along with others who know Flair best.
“I grew up a huge wrestling fan in the 1980s and I was captivated by Ric Flair,” says director Rory Karpf. “It’s been a personally rewarding experience to tell the story of arguably the greatest wrestler of all time. Ric’s story transcends the wrestling business, and my hope is that it will appeal to wrestling and non-wrestling fans alike.”