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Early WWE Stars: 14-time Champion Buddy “Nature Boy” Rogers

10 months ago By Sports Desk
Early WWE Stars: 14-time Champion Buddy “Nature Boy” Rogers

Renowned by his ring name “Nature Boy”, Buddy Rogers emerged as one of the foremost stars during the beginning of television in the wrestling industry back in the 1940s. Not only did Rogers captivate audiences with his charismatic performances, but his influence also extended to future generations of professional wrestlers, most notably “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.


Rogers began his professional wrestling journey in 1939, displaying an innate talent and flair that set him apart from his peers. He developed a distinctive wrestling style characterized by a mix of technical prowess, agility, and captivating showmanship that thrilled spectators. Rogers’ ability to engage the crowd, combined with his innovative moves and powerful persona, ensured that he quickly became a fan favorite.


Buddy Rogers won the WWE Championship a total of 14 times

Throughout his career, Buddy Rogers engaged in a fierce rivalry with another wrestling legend, Lou Thesz. Their battles inside and outside the ring captivated audiences and elevated their status as two of the greatest competitors of their time. The clashes between Rogers and Thesz were not only physical but also marked by a heated personal animosity that added to the intensity of their encounters. Their rivalry remains one of the most memorable feuds in wrestling history.

Buddy Rogers’ talent and charisma propelled him to an astounding fourteen world championship reigns, solidifying his status as one of the most decorated wrestlers of his era. Notably, he held the top championship in both the National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) and the World Wrestling Federation (WWF), known today as WWE. Rogers holds the distinction of being the inaugural WWF World Heavyweight Champion, a feat that showcased his exceptional skills and widespread popularity.

Buddy Rodgers’ impact on the iconic Ric Flair

The impact of Buddy Rogers extends far beyond his championship reigns. His innovative wrestling style and magnetic personality left an indelible imprint on the industry. Perhaps his most notable legacy is the profound influence he had on “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.
Flair adopted Rogers’ nickname, emulating his flamboyant persona, distinctive look, and even his signature finishing move, the figure-four leglock. Rogers’ influence can also be seen in other wrestling greats, such as AJ Styles, making him an inspirational figure for generations of professional wrestlers.

His contributions to the industry continue to reverberate today, as his influence is evident in the wrestling styles and personas of numerous superstars. With his fourteen world championship reigns and his riveting rivalry with Lou Thesz, Buddy Rogers remains an iconic figure whose impact on professional wrestling will never be forgotten.

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