The latest edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter has provided a health update on “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. As previously reported, the two-time WWE Hall of Famer was recently hospitalized and had to undergo numerous surgeries before finally being released from medical care on Sept. 18.
Previous theories on why Flair was required to stay under medical attention from Sept. 8 until he was released have been circulating the Internet since it was learned that Flair had entered a hospital prior to “NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4 Way” and would not be appearing during the program. Flair was also scheduled to appear during the Sept. 15 “Smackdown” tapings, but WWE announced that Flair had to miss the event due to emergency surgery.
While WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross revealed to the world that Flair had undergone surgery for hernias and appendicitis, Dave Meltzer reports a more detailed story saying,
“Here’s an update on the situation with Flair. Flair was in the hospital in Gwinnett County, GA, from 9/8 to 9/18, when he was finally released.
He went in for surgery for a hernia the first day in. While in there, they discovered a second hernia, so he needed a second surgery. He started having significant intestinal problems from the medications he was using and the surgery, and was unable to keep any food down, so the entire time he was in, he was only getting nutrients through an IV bag.
He ended up also having intestinal surgery, on 9/16, which was the most serious of the three. From what we understand, he has dropped a lot of weight from the lack of eating solid food.
Due to the surgeries, he won’t be able to do any training for about five weeks. He did recover well after the intestinal surgery. He was released from the hospital two days ahead of schedule.
Flair recently signed a deal with WWE to appear on television more, and should be returning once he is back to 100% and has received medical clearance to do so. WrestlingRumors.net continues to wish Flair a speedy and healthy recovery.