Ric Flair has been in a bit of trouble as of late.
"The Nature Boy" has been in the industry since 1972 when he began working for the American Wrestling Association (AWA). He then began working in Japan where he continued to work sporadicly up until 2013. Flair then landed his first major deal with a top promotion when he signed with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1974, where he remained up until 1991 before finally signing with WWE. He lasted there for about two years before returning to WCW for a World Title reign. He lasted with the company up until its end when WWE purchased WCW in 2001, putting an end to The Monday Night Wars and WCW as we knew it.
Flair then returned to WWE during the 'Invasion' angle in which many talents from WCW were brought it to make it seem as though WCW was invading the WWE. Flair served as the 'co-owner' of WWE before losing his half of the company to Vince McMahon in a match-up on RAW after interference from Brock Lesnar.
He then became a part of the Evolution stable alongside Triple H, Batista, and Randy Orton. His career began to wind down around the year 2008 which led to his retirement after losing to Shawn Michaels in an epic one-on-one contest at WrestleMania 24. He made some part time appearances after that before departing to Global Force Wrestling (GFW) (formerly known as TNA or Impact Wrestling) for a mixture of wrestling and manager roles.
After two years Flair returned to WWE where he remains today, making sporadic appearances on WWE TV when the time calls for it - mostly involving his daughter Charlotte Flair. Recently, however, "The Nature Boy" has been battling some major health issues which have left him in serious condition post-surgery.
Flair was hospitalized in intensive care this past weekend before being placed into a medically induced coma. Dave Meltzer reports that Flair was in a lot of pain as he was hospitalized and his condition was said to be very bad.
Per a report from F4WOnline, Flair is still in critical condition following colon surgery in Atlanta to remove a blockage that resulted in a number of health issues, which included kidney failure. It has been said that the blockage was the worst of those issues, however, it did cause other issues. "The Nature Boy" is currently on kidney dialysis as doctors are attempting to get his kidneys functioning again.
Flair's friend and former WWE Superstar Michael "PS" Hayes visited the former World Champ in the hospital and stated that things weren't looking good.
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