Ric Flair May Soon Join AEW following WWE Release

Published 08/06/2021, 1:48 PM EDT
ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 29: Rick Flair during the game between the Georgia Bulldogs and the Tennessee Volunteers on September 29, 2018 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)


WWE released Legend Ric Flair, and everyone thought this was it for Flair’s wrestling career.

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However, never say never! Especially when AEW is in the wrestling industry. It so happens that Tony Khan may be preparing to bring Ric Flair onboard.

The duo already knew each other given he was invited to Flair’s wedding prior to the launch of the company. Now, Dave Meltzer reported that it would be surprising if he did not end up at AEW. The only way it wouldn’t happen is if they didn’t come to a negotiated deal.

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“It would actually surprise me if Flair wouldn’t wind up in AEW and I had to think the only thing holding that up would be if they couldn’t come to an agreeable deal.”

Ric Flair requested a release from WWE

Previously, reports stated that former ‘The Nature Boy’ requested a release. However, he only sent a message to McMahon complaining about Charlotte Flair’s booking situation. Instead of trying to resolve it, McMahon released Ric Flair from his contract.

“He had sent a message, I think it was a text message, but he had sent a message to Vince McMahon, and it was basically complaining about Charlotte’s booking, her situation. And now he’s gone. I’ve seen it said it was his decision to leave, and I just know from people who I know who are closer to this situation than I am that say that it was Vince’s decision.”

However, while working with WWE, he never said anything negative about the company publicly because he did not want his comments to have a negative impact on his daughter’s career.

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The WWE Legend had a controversial last storyline in WWE

Flair’s last storyline in WWE involved him in a romantic storyline with Lacey Evans. Neither Ric Flair nor Charlotte Flair were too fond of this storyline.

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It took a turn for the worse when Evans announced she was pregnant. And WWE showed The Nature Boy as the father. In an interview, Flair revealed how absurd he found the storyline, and he didn’t even know Lacey Evans when they started working together.

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Shuvangi Sen Chaudhury

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Shuvangi is a senior WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. She has over 1000 published WWE articles and also has experience in content operations with Forbes. Having completed her undergraduation from Royal Holloway, University of London, Shuvangi is closely aligned to the fitness industry, having amateur skills levels in tennis and basketball while rowing at a regatta level.

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