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Ric Flair is one of the biggest entertainers on the planet, seemingly never breaking character and always providing some amusement with the wild things he says or does. But the legendary wrestler recounted a story yesterday that's even crazy for him.
Appearing on the "Dan Le Batard Show," Flair talked about the time in the late-'70s where he was struck by lightning, with the outcome not quite what any of us probably thought it would've been, per The Postgame.
The scare took place in Richmond, Virginia, just before a match against Ricky Steamboat at the Richmond Coliseum.
"I got off the plane and was walking," Flair says. "I didn't go 10, 15 feet when all of a sudden I felt this pressure boom, and man, my umbrella shot 50 feet in the air.
"I thought, 'What the hell?' Lightning hit the top of my umbrella, bounced off and hit the guy in the eye five feet behind me and killed him. Right there. I just stood there looking at the guy and froze, it scared me to death. People were running out the door to get the guy."
Le Betard asked Flair how he survived the umbrella strike.
"I don't know," Flair says. "I've always wondered what kind of a lawsuit that was, because it was really a big deal, hence probably the steel tips coming off umbrellas at that point."
Uh, what? How does that even happen? More importantly, how is Ric Flair that lucky to have survived something like that without any ill effects?
Anyway, it's pretty remarkable that the guy is still alive, still entertaining us all and still reminding us that, even at 67 years old, he's capable of telling some stories that are almost too hard to believe.