Widely considered one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all-time, he won 16 World Championships during his time competing in the NWA, WCW, and WWF. His professional career spanned from 1972 to 2012.
He was introduced to the wrestling business when he met the Vachon brothers while working as a lifeguard as a teenager.
He was also known by his ringname The Nature Boy.
He was adopted by Richard Reid Fliehr and Kathleen Virginia Kinsmiller. He has four children: David, Reid, Megan and Charlotte. His daughter Charlotte became the WWE's SmackDown Women's Champion in her first reign.
He had an ongoing rivalry with fellow wrestling legend Sting.