Muhammad Ali Does Magic For Ric Flair [VIDEO]
Last night, we lost a legend in Muhammad Ali. The guy was one of the most fascinating and talented people in the History of the world. You can't deny that there has only ever been or only will be one Ali.
Since his death, the internet has been FLOODED with tributes and videos and what not honoring the Great One. But this may be one of the coolest things on the internet: Muhammad Ali performing magic for a group of professional wrestlers, including Ric Flair. Ali and some WCW wrestler were headed to North Korea for a New Japan Pro Wrestling event and the private plane ride was magical.
The trip was documented by Sports Illustrated back in the day...you can read a bit of that here.
Bischoff: I had a chance to sit right next to him on the plane and we talked a long time about his memories of professional wrestling and how it affected his career. He literally modeled the Cassius Clay persona after a professional wrestler named Gorgeous George. It was the first time I’d ever heard that story and to hear it directly from him was just fascinating. It was just he and I chatting on a plane. It’s still magic. I get giddy.
Norton: You ever see that gimmick where you can make a dollar bill disappear? He acted like nobody saw it and he did that. He was so happy to meet everybody. He was trying to entertain everybody the whole way.
Scorpio: Even with his hands shaking, when he signed his name, his name was perfectly signed. It was perfect handwriting—better than mine. I was just blown away to get his signature. And to actually take a picture with Muhammad Ali meant more to me because my dad, when he was younger he used to spar with Cassius Clay as a semi-pro boxer
Norton: He loved Hawk because of Hawk’s interviews in pro wrestling. He would tell Hawk, ‘I want you’ and start to do the same thing he did with me. Hawk had his little spiel: He’d go, ‘WELL…’ and start cutting a promo on Ali. And Ali would just sit there and laugh like a little kid. ‘Do it again!’ The more Ali laughed and liked it, the more Hawk cut promos on him.
Watch Ali do some magic for the guys here.