A fight clip recently went viral on social media after people noticed someone using the Ric Flair chop. Here’s what it means and where it comes from.
Ric Flair is one of the greatest and most iconic wrestlers of all time. The Nature Boy’s 40-year career firmly established him as one of the most beloved entertainers in the history of the sport.
The 72-year-old most notably competed in World Championship Wrestling (WCW), and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, later WWE), winning countless belts.
Flair has also permeated various other forms of modern day culture, from TV to film and music.
What is the Ric Flair chop?
Flair had many mannerisms and behaviours that made him wildly popular with wrestling fans. One of them was his ‘Woo!’, which was inspired by a Jerry Lee Lewis song.
The crowd often shouted ‘Woo!’ when Ric Flair performed his signature move, the knife-edge chop. While the move has been performed by countless wrestlers, the Ric Flair chop is most synonymous with the man itself.
It involves a wrestler slapping the chest of his opponent with the palm of his hand using a backhand swing. Flair would often do this numerous times in succession to inflict maximum damage on his opponent.
Ric Flair chop resurfaces after fight clip goes viral
People’s curiosity about the Ric Flair chop recently spiked after a fight clip went viral on social media.
A clip posted by Out Of Context Human Race showed a fight in a diner that got a little out of hand. Millions of people watched the viral video, which showed a man walk back into the fight and dealing out a signature Ric Flair chop.
You can view it here but please be aware it shows a real physical fight rather than a ‘dance’ of the wrestling ring.
If you want to see the man himself performing his signature move, here’s some footage of Ric Flair from this year showing he still has the moves.