Breaking News: Ric Flair Reportedly Released from TNA

Ryan SzAnalyst IIJune 18, 2012

CONCORD, NC - JANUARY 20:  Former American Professional Wrestler Ric Flair performs his famous yell 'Wooooo!', for the media during the NASCAR Sprint Media Tour hosted by Charlotte Motor Speedway, held at the Embassy Suites, on January 20, 2010 in Concord, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jason Smith/Getty Images)
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In a shocking bit of news, TNA has apparently terminated WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair's contract, according to court documents filed by the WWE.

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According to court documents filed in the WWE vs.TNA lawsuit case, TNA officially terminated Ric Flair on May 11, 2012.

WWE made that statement in the court documents while noting that Flair had been let go several weeks before TNA filed a lawsuit alleging that WWE had gone after Flair, described as "under a TNA contract" in the lawsuit.

That date would be Friday 5/11 while TNA's Sacrifice PPV was on 5/13. TNA claimed in the original PPV lawsuit that Flair had no showed the PPV. If he was fired, as the filing claims, he couldn't have no showed as he was no longer employed by the company.

It's interesting to note that Flair is still listed as an official member of the TNA roster on the company website.”

This news definitely adds a new wrinkle to the whole lawsuit that is going on between the two big wrestling promotion brands in the U.S. If the information is seen in favor of the WWE, it will be a big feather in their cap toward trying to end this lawsuit, but if TNA is favored, it will only add more fuel to their fire against the WWE.

Also, if Flair has indeed been let go by TNA, are Vince McMahon and the WWE ballsy enough to quickly rehire him in order to put him on TV as the company builds up to its 1,000th episode of RAW?

If it is true that Flair is done with TNA, then it becomes very reasonable to believe that the WWE would try to rehire the wrestling veteran, especially with Triple H now gaining more power backstage. Flair would most likely be signed to a Legend's contract, which makes the most sense since I don't think the WWE would continue to put him in the ring as much as TNA had.

If anything, Flair is best suited to become a manager for the newer talent right now—most fans want him to manage Dolph Ziggler. If not that, the WWE may try to play more into the fans' nostalgia by having Flair come back to manage a new version of the Four Horsemen.

Ziggler would be a perfect fit for the Flair role in the group while technical heels like Daniel Bryan or Alberto Del Rio could fill out enforcer roles.

It will be very interesting to see how this plays out and what, if anything, happens to Flair. If he is hired by the WWE, it will be even more interesting to see how he is used on WWE TV.