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Rumour: WWE plotting surprise SummerSlam return for Ric Flair

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Whilst the WWE may have the Battleground pay-per-view coming up in the next month, it appears the company is already looking forward and putting plans in place for the next PPV in line, SummerSlam.

Earlier today we reported speculation about a match between Kevin Owens and Brock Lesnar at the August 21 event, and now rumours have emerged about the return to programming for one WWE legends fans just love to hate.

According to a report from Ring Talkk, the WWE is planning to have Ric Flair end his month-long absence by returning as part of the long-rumoured Women's title match between his daughter Charlotte and Sasha Banks.


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The Nature boy hasn't been seen on WWE TV since he was giving his marching orders by Charlotte in a much-mocked segment back on the May 23 episode of RAW.

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The move was welcomed by a large section of the WWE Universe who, after watching him interfere to aid his daughter on several occasions, had long been calling for creative to remove the 15-time champion from Charlotte's matches.

The news that he will likely be returning to stick his oar again won't, then, please a lot of fans. However, per the reports, his role this time around could be very different.

Different role

When SummerSlam 2016 rolls around, Flair could actually wind up in Sasha Banks' corner for the match, with the current theory being that the legendary wrestler could act as her manager or interfere on Banks' behalf to cost Charlotte her title.

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Some fans may still be frustrated to see one of the veterans of men's wrestling taking the limelight in the Women's division, but at least his role this time around won't belittle Charlotte's reputation as has been the case for most of 2016.

You would imagine, if this storyline does come to fruition, Flair's link with Bank would only be for this match, so his future beyond SummerSlam would be unclear.

The WWE would perhaps be well advised to keep the legend away from WWE TV for a while after the August PPV even if his role goes down well with fans. Limiting his appearances to one-off moments creates more excitement and would prevent Flair's involvement from becoming stale.

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