Backstage rumors on Ric Flair's status in the WWE

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Last Sunday, Charlotte successfully defended her WWE Women's Championship against Natalya at Extreme Rules without the need of her father, Ric Flair, coming down to the ring to interfere in the match.

However, this past week on Monday Night Raw, the Women's Champion ended her on-screen relationship with her father because he was never there when she was a child and she doesn't need his help anymore.

This has led the WWE Universe to question The Nature Boy's future with the company, following the recent departure of several superstars. PWInsider Elite - via Wrestling Inc - has provided some news that will reassure Flair fans that he isn't going anywhere for the time being.


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They said in their report: "Regarding Ric Flair's status with WWE, he is still signed to a deal and despite the split angle with WWE Women's Champion Charlotte on RAW, word is that we have not seen the last of The Nature Boy.

"Flair did not do anything to get heat or get in trouble and his apparent departure from TV on RAW is storyline driven. No word yet on exactly where that storyline is going but Flair looks to be a part of it."

So this isn't the end of Flair in the WWE, neither could it be the end of him being involved with Charlotte's storyline as Women's Champion. Nevertheless, it was the right move for the WWE to book The Nature Boy in this way, and end his on-screen relationship with his daughter. In fact, it was a necessity in my opinion for the Women's division.

The Women's division is still looking to establish itself in the WWE following the introduction of the Divas Revolution just under a year ago. While it might be perfect heel behaviour for Ric to interfere and help Charlotte win, the booking of it undermined what the Women's Champion could actually do in the ring. 

While Dana Brooke looks like she has now assumed Flair's role of the interferer, at least a woman getting involved in a women's match will start to bring more heat towards the division, which will make the division better as a result.

This kind of movement - with Ric Flair off TV and Charlotte and Dana pairing up - can allow for better storylines to emerge as we enter SummerSlam season, which will provide a great platform so that the talented women of the WWE can demonstrate to the fans what they really can do on the mic and in the ring.

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