Ric Flair Ditched In Dublin: Is The Nature Boy Leaving TNA For Good?

Matt ClementsCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2011

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21:  Hulk Hogan's opponent Ric Flair is greeted by the crowd during Hulk Hogan's Hulkamania Tour at Rod Laver Arena on November 21, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Dadswell/Getty Images)
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According to pwinsider.com, the TNA European Tour apparently left Ric Flair behind in Dublin, Ireland.  Sources are stating Flair demanded to be paid in advance before the crew hit the bus on its way to board a plane to Berlin, Germany.  When Flair was denied the advance, he apparently became "The Nature Boy," threw a tantrum, and refused to board the bus.  In order to stay on schedule, the decision was made to leave Flair behind.  There are reports of talent even giving the "WHOOO" chant to Flair as the bus drove off without him.

What does this mean for TNA?  Is Flair leaving the company?  It's hard to say.  Flair is known for living a pretty hard partying life, especially on the road, and his drunken behavior has been brought to the forefront before.  A few months after he had joined TNA, Flair had an encounter with Orlando Jordan's boyfriend after Jordan cut one of his more eyebrow-raising (and not in a Rock way) promos on Impact, telling the man he was an embarrassment to the company and that he needed to "sit the f**k down."  The incident appeared in the IWC, but never made it past the community, and little if anything was done in terms of punishment.

This time, though, it was Flair that was humiliated.  It was Flair that was apparently standing out in the cold as a bus full of people whose lifespan could fit in Flair's wrestling career mocked him and drove off.  Granted, the professional thing to do would have been just to get on the bus, and nobody should have to kowtow when someone is playing the diva, even when that diva is Ric Flair.  Still, it's hard to say what Flair will do with the company at this point.  He's not hurting for money, as far as we know, so the only reason one can think that he is currently in TNA is for the ego stroke he needed being in televised professional wrestling.  But if that company suddenly bruises his ego, does he really feel the need to stay on board?

It should be interesting to see how this develops, as it practically kills the Fortune angle.  Not that TNA doesn't just drop and add angles like that, but Flair's loss would have a much greater impact than that of Hogan.  We'll see what happens in the next few weeks, and see how it plays out over taped TV in the next few months...