Two-time WWE Hall of Famer “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair was released from his WWE contract earlier this month reportedly due to the WWE Hall of Famer contacting WWE Chairman Vince McMahon and sending him a text message, where he voiced his grievances as well as displeasure on how his daughter, WWE RAW Star Charlotte Flair, is being booked as of late. According to reports, it was Vince McMahon’s decision to release Ric Flair from his WWE contract, but there were also reports that indicated that it was Flair who decided to leave the promotion on his own volition as he noted that the two sides didn’t have the same vision for his future.
Rumors and speculations then started arising on which wrestling promotion Flair will end up going to, with All Elite Wrestling being the top choice as that is where Andrade El Idolo, former WWE Superstar and Charlotte Flair’s fiancé, wrestles. Andrade also previously mentioned that he wanted to bring his entire family to AEW, which includes Charlotte Flair, Ric Flair and a number of ROH Stars.
According to Dave Meltzer on a recent edition of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, while nothing has been announced or confirmed yet, the word going around is that Ric Flair is surely headed to AEW once he is legally able to. Ric Flair did take to his Twitter account earlier this week and reveal that he will never retire and that he is in good shape these days. Booker T also noted on his podcast that he is under the impression that Ric Flair wants one more run.
There is no word yet on when Ric Flair’s non-compete clause with the WWE will expire, but if the Hall of Famer is under a 90-day clause, then he should be free to sign with any pro wrestling promotion he chooses to after Monday, November 1. There is also no word yet on what AEW might have planned for Ric Flair if he chooses to sign with them, but AEW could use him in some sort of a managerial role as Ric Flair returning to in-ring action seems highly unlikely, but anything is possible as he did say he is in good shape and he doesn’t plan on ever retiring.