WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair Hospitalized Amid Conflicting Reports On His Health (Updated)
Less than two years after a grave health scare that saw pro wrestling legend and WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair miraculously pull through life-threatening internal complications, Flair was once again hospitalized Thursday.
A TMZ report that Flair was rushed to the hospital, noting the procedure was “very serious,” set off an understandable tidal wave of panic and speculation regarding The Nature Boy’s health.
It didn’t help that trolling WWE parody account @WWEUmiverse tweeted out a death hoax announcing Ric Flair’s demise, one that garnered a lot of attention on social media and even tricked many members of the media including NFL insider Jason La Canfora.
As rumors continued to circulate, podcast host Conrad Thompson—Ric Flair’s son-in-law, not to mention the man behind Starrcast II’s weekend festivities ahead of AEW’s Double or Nothing pay-per-view later this month—released a statement indicating the procedure was planned:
This was not a last minute surprise for the family. He was going to be having a procedure done today. I don’t think it’s nearly as grave or serious as TMZ would have us believe because Ric’s in good spirits about it and knew is was happening. He could choose to have it now or after Vegas. [Flair] decided to have it done now because he thought he’d be feeling good and wanted to get this behind him beforehand