Flair attended Gagne's first wrestling camp with Greg Gagne, Jim Brunzell, Iron Sheik, and Ken Patera at Gagne's barn outside Minneapolis in the winter of 1971.
The intensity of Gagne's training camp, which spawned several champions including Flair, caused Flair to nearly quit the camp until Gagne persuaded him to continue.
and Billy Robinson, Flair was friends with Ken Patera before entering wrestling.
Patera had an association with Verne Gagne through his weightlifting career and with that relationship an opportunity arose for Flair to train with Verne Gagne as a professional wrestler.
During his time in the American Wrestling Association (AWA), Flair had matches with Dusty Rhodes, André the Giant, Larry Hennig, and Wahoo Mc Daniel.
According to Mick Foley, he had two stints as a booker in WCW: from 1989–1990 and again in 1994.
Flair was the first titleholder of both the WCW World Heavyweight Championship and the WCW International World Heavyweight Championship (as well as the final holder of the latter title).
Since the mid-1970s, he has used the moniker the "Nature Boy".
Flair is officially recognized by WWE and Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) as a 16-time world champion (eight-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, six-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and two-time WWF World Heavyweight Champion), A major pay-per-view attraction throughout his career, Flair main-evented the premier annual NWA/WCW event, Starrcade, on ten occasions; he also co-headlined its WWF counterpart, Wrestle Mania, in 1992.