All things considered, WWE legend Ric Flair probably wishes he could have the past 48 hours back.
After telling female wrestler Natalya to "kill herself" during SmackDown tapings on Tuesday, the Nature Boy then made headlines after being involved in an incident at Boston's Logan airport yesterday that left him bleeding.
Although there are conflicting reports about his involvement with airport police at this stage, it looks like the WWE are legitimately concerned about the incident. That's after The Wrestling Observer revealed today that the organisation has begun an investigation to separate rumour from fact.
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The concern about Flair began when a photo emerged online on Wednesday afternoon showing a seated Flair in discussion with police. The image was accompanied by the claim that the wrestling legend was being detained for "disorderly conduct".
This was followed by a report from TMZ which cited apparent witnesses to the incident who claimed that Flair was acting drunk and was being "loud and obnoxious" before being treated for a hand injury.
Things were then updated again later last night by the Massachusetts State Police. Their official response refuted any "police incident" and said the injury had been to Flair's head, not his hand:
Both the authorities and Flair's agent, Melinda Morris Zanoni, also denied that the 15-time World Champion was intoxicated at any point during proceedings.
Getting to the bottom of things
As you can see, the whole thing is a bit of a mess and investigating the situation certainly seems to be the best course of action for the WWE to take.
The word investigation usually connotes something negative is coming - as we've seen in the past with Hulk Hogan and the recent drug suspensions handed out to wrestlers.
In this case, however, the more that is reported on the event, the more it seems like Flair hasn't done anything particularly wrong in this instance.
With the 67-year-old due to appear by the side of his daughter Charlotte as part of the Women's Title match at this weekend's Payback pay-per-view, the WWE hierarchy will surely have their fingers crossed that their investigation backs the latest reports up and puts Flair in the clear.
The WWE will be in a hurry to complete their investigation with Payback now just over 72 hours away. The last thing they want is Flair's wellbeing overshadowing Charlotte's latest primetime match.
After his foolish comments towards Natalya at SmackDown generated criticism amongst some of the WWE Universe, he could have done with keeping a low profile before his appearance this Sunday.
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