Lesson 1 : Recognize greatness, then steal from it
Picasso famously said, “Good artists copy but great artists steal.”
The original “Nature Boy” Buddy Rogers was a multiple-time world champion and hall-of-fame wrestler. Like Flair, Rogers had bleached blonde hair, strutted around the ring arrogantly like a peacock and played the crowd like a fiddle. He also used the Figure-Four leglock as a signature move. Basically Buddy Rogers was Ric Flair three decades before Ric Flair existed.
Flair idolized Buddy Rogers and appropriated the Nature Boy persona as his own, inciting a rivalry between the two Nature Boys that would culminate in a match in 1978. Flair’s detractors accuse him of stealing his idol’s persona, but he did beat him for it which in wrestling circles counts as a passing of the torch.
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