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If the WWE doesn't care about Ric Flair competing in TNA, his ongoing divorce, the limited ways to use him or his guaranteed-to-be-hefty contract, there is at least one thing that company officials will not overlook: TNA's lawsuit against the WWE.
I'm sure you've heard about that by now, right?
According to PWInsider.com (via F4Wonline.com), TNA filed a lawsuit against the WWE earlier this year, alleging that former WWE and TNA employee Brian Wittenstein was relaying contract information regarding TNA talent to the WWE.
The resulting legal process is still ongoing, and there doesn't appear to be any type of settlement—whether in or out of court—in sight.
Until that happens, I'd fully expect the WWE to stay away from signing any former TNA talent whatsoever out of fear that it will be used against the company in court.
That includes Ric Flair.
As long as there is a legal battle going on between TNA and the WWE, don't expect to see Flair, Matt Morgan, Bully Ray, Alex Shelley or any other major TNA name signing a WWE contract.
If a settlement is reached, however, the chances of Flair going back to the WWE instantly improve considerably.
Drake Oz is a WWE Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter!