The WWE have given an update on the health of Ric Flair after the legendary wrestler was hospitalized last week. And it is positive news for fans of the Nature Boy.
"WWE Legend Ric Flair is recovering from successful surgery and will miss tomorrow's scheduled guest referee appearance at SmackDown.
"Ric is doing well and we look forward to him returning to WWE in the near future," read a statement published Monday evening on WWE's official website.
The news that Flair is on the mend is great news after it emerged last Thursday that the veteran had been escorted to hospital.
The Nature Boy Ric Flair was set to appear at this week's SmackDown taping as part of his ongoing non-wrestling commitments to WWE. But the Hall of Famer has spent the past several days in a Georgia hospital having been admitted late last week, meaning SmackDown was not the only show the 65-year-old was unable to attend.
The WWE legend was all set to introduce Kenta at last Thursday's NXT Takeover event until health complications put an end to such plans with Flair being taken to hospital on September 9th according to reports.
It is believed that Flair underwent stomach surgery which included several minor operations and thankfully there seem to have been no complications.
The WWE statement leaves Flair's return date up in the air still but with the ageing star having undergone surgery, however minor, it is unlikely that he will be seen at an arena anytime soon.
That means that this weekend's upcoming pay-per-view 'Night of Champions' looks to have come to soon for Flair, with the veteran having been pencilled in for a role in the huge event which will see John Cena take on Brock Lesnar amongst other highly anticipated match ups.
Difficult times for the WWE
The news that Ric Flair is on the mend is hugely positive, especially considering the recent events concerning former WWE stars.
A fellow veteran and HOF member Jake 'The Snake' Roberts was admitted to hospital at the start of September where he was in a medically induced coma for several days as doctors treated him for double pneumonia.
Whilst he has recovered well from the initial cause of his admission to hospital doctors did unfortunately discover that cancer had returned to Roberts' body.
And the WWE community was in shock last week when news came that former wrestler Sean O'Haire had taken his own life.