2-time WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair will undergo heart surgery after being rushed to the hospital owing to a “very serious” medical emergency yesterday.
The Nature Boy’s wife Wendy Barlow broke the news about the surgery in a statement issued to TMZ.
“Due to ongoing health complications, Ric was taken to the hospital and is expected to undergo a procedure tomorrow morning, after which he expects to fully recover.”
Fox 5 Atlanta reports that Flair is set to undergo a “serious” procedure related to his heart on Friday. The 16-time World Champion has been dealing with heart issues for years now.
In 2017, Flair pulled through a major life-threatening health issue – he was put into a medically induced coma after his intestines ruptured for 11 days.
Flair made his last WWE appearance as part of the WrestleMania storyline involving Paul “Triple H” Levesque and Dave “The Animal” Bautista.
It all began with Batista attacking Flair backstage and spoiling the legend’s 70th birthday bash on Monday Night RAW. The angle set the stage for WrestleMania and Flair’s inclusion in the storyline was a major seller as he was a key part of Evolution and mentored The Game back in the day.
At WrestleMania 35, The Nature Boy assisted Triple H by providing him with the lethal sledgehammer that sealed Batista’s fate. The Game went on to pin The Animal who is now retired from the sport.
Flair’s daughter, Charlotte is booked for Money In The Bank. The Queen will be taking on RAW & SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch for the blue title this Sunday.
At this point, Ric’s family is concerned but the Wrestling God believes to “fully recover” after Friday’s procedure.
The Nature Boy isn’t expected to make any further WWE appearances in the coming months. However, Flair can always show up to celebrate Charlotte’s historic 9th Women’s Championship victory – something the WWE Universe thinks should happen sooner than later.