Wearing a Ric Flair t-shirt and standing in line on Saturday at Ivy Hall Dispensary in Crystal Lake, Wonder Lake resident Mike Rossi said he was nervous to meet who he considers the greatest wrestler of all time.
Rossi said he first saw Flair wrestle at WrestleMania 2 in 1986, when he was still a child. In the years since, Rossi has developed into a super fan. He’s read Flair’s autobiography and knows all the key moments from the former wrestler’s career.
“I felt like a kid going to Disney World yesterday,” Rossi said. “I don’t know what I should say.”
Rossi was one of about 100 people who lined up on Saturday to meet Flair, who is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time after a 50-year career.
Flair made a stop in Crystal Lake on Saturday to promote a new line of marijuana products that bear his name and in the process, meet a number of fans for photo opportunities.
Debuting in 1972, Flair, also known as “The Nature Boy,” is a World Wrestling Entertainment 16-time champion, and has many other accolades to go along with it, including being named to a few different wrestling-centered hall of fames,