The condition of WWE legend Ric Flair remains unclear following the news he had undergone successful surgery but was still facing “a long road” to recovery.
Flair was admitted to hospital on August 12, with members of his team initially dismissing any suggestion that there might be something wrong with the man affectionately known to millions as The Nature Boy.
It then became apparent that Flair had been put in a medically-induced coma ahead of surgery for an unspecified condition.
Pro Wrestling Sheet reported that th16-time World Heavyweight Wrestling Champion had been checked into the intensive care united near his home in Atlanta with Ringside News claiming the problem was thought to be related to his heart.
It’s now thought that Flair has undergone surgery and is now resting, with his family beside him, waiting to speak to doctors, accordin to TMZ Sports.
Melinda Morris Zanoni of Legacy Talent and Entertainment, who represents Flair tweeted: “Ric had surgery today (not [heart emoji] related)am happy 2report it was a success.Still a long road ahead so plz keep [prayer emoji] 4Ric. Charlotte Megan David&Wendy.”
The incident is entirely out of the blue, with Flair appearing as fit as a fiddle in recent months. The WWE star was thought to be in rude health, having revealed on his podcast back in 2015 that he underwent extensive medical tests that brought up no major issues.
“I don’t have any health issues. Everybody else has hips and knees. I had to go to Pittsburgh for a physical because they wanted me to do some in-ring stuff,” he said.
“I go there to see the heart specialist. They tested me for four hours. The doctors said ‘there’s something wrong with you, has to be,’ and I said ‘yeah, it’s called an hour Broadway every night brother.’ The guy looked at me and said that I was a medical miracle.”
— ESPN Films 30 for 30 (@30for30) July 26, 2017
Flair’s fiancée, Wendy Barlow, is by his side, along with family members including his 31-year-old daughter and fellow wrestler Charlotte Flair.
These developments comes just days after ESPN debuted the first trailer for a 30 for 30 documentary focusing on Flair’s wrestling career.
Loaded’s thoughts go out to Ric. Get well soon, Nature Boy.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.