WWE has finally issued a comment on The Nature Boy Ric Flair leaving the company after reports emerged that Flair had requested and been granted his release.
Flair had reportedly re-signed with the company just over a year ago, but has been used sparingly on television. The 16-time World Champion and two-time Hall of Famer was most recently seen on television in a storyline where he betrayed his own daughter to side with on-screen partner Lacey Evans before the latter’s real-life pregnancy brought the storyline to a halt. Before then, Flair played an integral role in the storyline between Edge and Randy Orton.
According to Fightful Select, Flair had grown frustrated with certain booking decisions and contacted Vince McMahon directly to express his concerns and ask for his release – which, of course, we now know was granted. There’s no specific news as of yet as to which decisions contributed to Flair’s frustrations, however, the legendary wrestler had previously expressed his discomfort at the storyline where he portrayed Lacey Evans’ partner.
Now a day after the story first broke WWE has issued an extremely short statement on Flair leaving the company, saying that his release is official as of the 3rd of August.
The full statement reads:
“We have come to terms on the release of Ric Flair as of today, 8/03/2021.”
Many fans might find the wording curious due to the fact the usual line about “wishing them luck in their future endeavours” that has become commonplace in WWE statements when announcing talent releases has been omitted.