Ric Flair was scheduled to appear on this week's episode of Monday Night Raw but was unable to do so after he was examined by the WWE medical team and deemed unfit for his appearance, even though it was in a non-physical role that really only called for him to sit in a chair behind a desk and ask one question.
That led many to believe it was something bad. Rumors persisted that the blood clot in his leg that kept him from wrestling in Japan earlier this year was to blame, despite reports refuting as much. Now, Flair's management team has released a statement with the definitive word on the matter.
"Ric is doing well, he feels great, and is home. WWE's medical staff performed a physical on Ric yesterday, like they do all of their athletes, and recommended that he have a doctor take a closer look at his swollen leg. Upon arriving back in Charlotte today he went to see his doctors and it was determined that there is a blood clot. He was not admitted to the hospital, rather released with medication, which the doctors are confident will work quickly causing Ric to completely heal soon. Ric appreciates everyone's concern and is looking forward to seeing fans at his next scheduled appearance in Hagerstown, MD on Friday and performing for WWE very soon."
So a blood clot was the culprit but, as usual, the severity of the situation is being downplayed.
All other reports have stated Flair is in good spirits but this is yet another red flag for WWE -- and really any pro wrestling promotion -- that at his advanced age and continually failing health, it's a risk to use him in any capacity, let alone for a role on television.
Just don't be surprised if he's back at it sooner rather than later.