With a tear in his eye!
On January 19, 1992, Ric Flair, who joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) just a few months earlier, entered the annual Royal Rumble tournament at number three.
Unlike today, when winning the Rumble got you a title shot at WrestleMania, the 1992 melee was actually for the belt itself, thanks to WWF President Jack Tunney, whose meddling in the Undertaker vs. Hulk Hogan feud to close out 1991 led him to vacate the title.
That meant the most prestigious belt in all of sports entertainment was up for grabs that night and (Whoo!) "The Nature Boy" would not be denied. Immediately following his triumphant win, he went on to cut one of the top promos in pro wrestling history.
Video after the jump.
Flair wins the Rumble.
How about it Cagesiders, where do you rank his 1992 Royal Rumble/title win among his all-time achievements?