WWE confirms Ric Flair will attend Hall of Fame ceremony in Miami, claims he retired after WrestleMania 24

If it wasn't already clear before, WWE has now posted a story confirming that TNA employee Ric Flair will, in fact, appear at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony alongside the rest of the Four Horsemen when they're inducted this weekend in Miami.

Here's a snip from the story:

WWE.com has just gotten word that Ric Flair will be in attendance at the 2012 WWE Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Miami's American Airlines Arena on Saturday, March 31.

On that night, The Nature Boy will gain a record second entry into the hallowed Hall. Only this time, Flair will be entering alongside his legendary Four Horsemen allies: Arn Anderson, Tully Blanchard, Barry Windham and JJ Dillon.

It was clear all along that Flair would be appearing at the ceremony, if only because WWE put TNA in an impossible situation by advertising him without ever actually alerting anyone they were going to do so. Imagine if TNA tried to tell Flair he couldn't go. The backlash from Flair would be enough to cause a big stink but fans simply wouldn't stand for it.

Still, it was a dick move on WWE's part to put TNA in such a position.

Nonetheless, word leaked recently that a deal was made and Flair would be able to appear. There were few details given, though, on what exactly that would mean. Will "The Nature Boy" get to speak during the ceremony? How long will he be given? How much will he be shown during the one hour special set to air next Monday night (April 2, 2012) before Raw?

There were rumors floating that TNA asked that WWE refer to Flair specifically as an employee of TNA. However, if the aforementioned story officially announcing Flair for the Hall of Fame is any indication, it's not going to happen. That's because the story notes that "The Dirtiest Player in the Game retired from the ring after losing to HBK on The Grandest Stage of Them All, but his legacy as one of the most respected and influential performers in sports-entertainment endures."

The bigger question here is whether or not WWE can lure Flair back into the fold using this as the catalyst to do so. To that end, stay tuned.

And keep it locked right here to CagesideSeats.com for complete coverage of this weekend's Hall of Fame and WrestleMania 28.

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