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Ric Flair and his family have been through a lot since he was hospitalized in August, but fortunately, the WWE Hall of Famer appears to be getting back to his old self.

His daughter, wrestler Charlotte Flair, opened up about her father’s health scare while on the Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast to promote their new book, “Second Nature,” revealing that Ric didn’t recognize her after regaining consciousness. He did, however, remember a few details from the 1980s.

“When he was first taken off the machine and the doctors wanted to have him walk around, obviously he needed help and support but he didn’t even know who I was, and he was just pushing the walker and quoting numbers of towns from shows in the ’80s,” Charlotte said, per John Canton of Uproxx. “I was like, that’s great he can quote me the numbers from a show in Chicago in the ’80s but he doesn’t know who I am?

“I would just sit there and listen to him quote the numbers and was just like this is crazy. So, he is pushing the walker with the nurses and he is pushing and pushing and then he just stops and starts strutting in the ICU. He doesn’t know who I am, isn’t really talking but just does the strut and I was just like this isn’t real.”

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Source: ESPN

Charlotte spoke with ESPN on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

Facing Ronda Rousey in the main event of WrestleMania:

“I hope that’s the main event of WrestleMania. That’s my dream. I hope we can make it happen. She really opened the doors for a lot of women. Having that opportunity would be huge. I don’t know what her goals are, but it’s just cool that she wants to be a part of our world.”

Rousey’s popularity being an influence within the WWE:

“I thank Ronda for opening the door for us. If Ronda had never been given that main event spot as a female and doing what she did with it, I don’t know if we would have ever been given that chance. Yeah, we were killing it at NXT, but I don’t know if the main roster audience and the business side would have thought the women could carry the main storyline and main event a pay-per-view and we did and I think that’s because they saw how popular Ronda was and if you give us a storyline, we can deliver and we did deliver, so I want to thank her.”

What she learned after Ric Flair’s recent health scare:

“He’s good. He went home last week. I’d say a couple of positive things came out of it. I had to take two weeks off, which is the longest I’ve taken off since I’ve started. So I was able to slow down and realize it’s a marathon, not a sprint. Having that time with my dad was so great and it also made my dad realize that he’s 68. He has to slow down. They really did tell us that he wasn’t going to make it. That was so hard. They gave him a 20 percent chance and we said our goodbyes and then he made out of surgery and every day, he slowly got better.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Source: The Charlotte Observer

The Charlotte Observer released some excerpts from the upcoming book, “Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte” co-written by Ric Flair, Charlotte, and Brian Shields, which will be available on September 19. Here are a few of the highlights.

Ric Flair described the 2008 incident in Chapel Hill that led to the arrest of Charlotte, following a fight during the night with then-boyfriend Riki Johnson, who she later married.

“Johnson yelled, ‘Your daughter–!’ and that’s all I had to hear,” Flair said. “My daughter did everything for this guy. He could barely hold a job. I got up and said, ‘Do you think you’re a man behaving this way? You’re not a man.’ Ashley’s boyfriend exploded in a fury and started throwing punches at me. I just stood there. …Police arrived, and all hell broke loose. …When one of the police officers entered her space and asked her to put her hands behind her back, I heard her say, ‘Don’t touch me. I said don’t touch me.’ The next thing I knew, the officer used a Taser to subdue her. She was brought to the floor and taken into police custody in handcuffs. Her boyfriend assaulted me, I had bruises on my face, and somehow my daughter, who tried to be the peacekeeper, was arrested.”

Charlotte spoke about her rocky relationship with Riki Johnson, her first husband. She passed on a Division I volleyball scholarship at Appalachian State to live with Johnson, who was a student at UNC-Chapel Hill at the time.

“Riki was Jekyll and Hyde,” Charlotte said. “If he was happy, things were great; he was the man of my dreams. If he was angry, everyone knew it, and it would be taken out on someone or something.”

Charlotte also gave her perspective on the 2008 altercation in Chapel Hill, and alleges there were multiple instances in which arguments led to him becoming physically violent with her.

“Riki started swinging at me like we were in a street fight. Over his screams, I could hear his fists hit my arms. I managed to block most of the punches, but one shot got me in the ribs. I began to gasp for air, but he didn’t stop,” Charlotte said. In another instance, “Riki punched me right in the head. …I think about that girl now, and it brings tears to my eyes. How did I get there? Why was this going on? Why wasn’t I strong enough, brave enough, to end this?”

Charlotte also mentioned Johnson was doing drugs with her brother, Reid (who later passed away in 2013 from a drug overdose), while Reid stayed at her home. Once Charlotte found out, her brother left.

“Every day, another piece of my heart broke over what had happened,” Charlotte admitted.

You can read the full article by clicking here.

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Source: Newsday

As a pioneer of pro wrestling, Ric Flair’s influence on the wrestlers that came after him is immeasurable. Kurt Angle revealed to Newsday that without Flair’s advice, he might not have ever been in the WWE.

“Ric was the guy that I got advice from before I started in the business,” Angle said. “He’s the one that redirected me from [World Championship Wrestling] to WWE, told me Vince McMahon would know what to do with me, and said not to go to WCW.”

The rest is history. Angle rose to the top of the company and put together a stellar career that culminated in an induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. Angle also discussed what he learned from Flair from an in-ring perspective.

“But what I learned from Ric was how to give to the business and not take. He always made sure his opponent looked better than he did,” Angle explained. “What was important to him was the match, not himself, and I took that advice and made sure when I performed in the ring I made my opponent looked better than me, and I made sure it was the best match I could possibly make it. He was a very giving wrestler, and I did the same because of Ric Flair.”

Flair is currently recovering from a medical emergency caused by multiple organ damage. Last Saturday his manager tweeted that Flair is condition is progressing and improving.

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Source: that’s Magazine

Charlotte spoke with that’s Magazine on a number of wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:

If Ric Flair’s reputation is a burden or an asset:

“Both. Being a generational kid is hard. I couldn’t just, you know, show up one day as a 5’10” blonde and [have] the crowd view me however they wanted to. I already carried a last name they knew, so I from day one was compared to him. That’s kind of what’s driven me to where I am today. I want to be known as his daughter, but I also want to be known for my own work as well. So that’s a mixed blessing.”

Pressure to follow in her Dad’s footsteps:

“My brothers did. Both my brothers wanted to be professional wrestlers. I’m continuing my little brother’s dream, that’s why I started. And I definitely, I think, wanted to be where I am because I hated the pressure that they put on themselves and that they always wanted to live up [to], or just wanted to be like my dad and they couldn’t, so I feel like I’m doing it for them as well.”

How much her character draws off her real personality:

“Not that I’m not confident, but when I first started, I played sports my whole life so I wasn’t comfortable with doing my makeup and dressing up and being this image of what used to be called a diva. I had to learn how to carry myself in a different way and to be in front of the camera and [deal] with criticism. So I took all of that, and when I walk through that curtain, I find that confidence knowing that I’m playing a character. It’s everything I want to be in real life and sometimes I am, but you know, everyone has self-doubt [and] that character has that, I don’t know how. But it’s also having to have thick skin as a female in this business because you’re constantly under scrutiny due to social media.”

You can read the full interview by clicking here.

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Details continue to emerge about Ric Flair’s recent health issues.

The WWE legend underwent surgery Monday for what was thought to be an intestinal blockage and wound up having part of his bowel removed, according to Sports Illustrated’s Justin Barrasso, who cites a source close to the Flair family.

The surgery, though, led to complications and as result Flair to be in hospital for over a month, Barrasso added

Flair’s fiancee, Wendy Barlow, told TMZ Sports on Wednesday that Flair is suffering from “multiple organ problems” and remains in critical condition. She also denied Flair had colon surgery, as WWE Hall of Fame announcer Gene Okerlund indicated on Facebook.

Flair was interviewed by Sports Illustrated on Aug. 9, during which he spoke about his struggles with alcohol.

“I had one vice,” he admitted. “I’m not going to point my finger at anybody else. My vice was drinking. I didn’t have any pain issues, addiction problems, marijuana, cocaine, nothing like that. I dealt with the fact that I kept myself up all night and had a good time, but I never put a good time ahead of my personal loyalty to myself or working out. I never had a great body, but I was always in the best shape.”

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WWE Hall Of Famer Ric Flair is currently resting after undergoing successful surgery on Monday afternoon, according to a statement from his manager.

Melinda Morris Zanoni of Legacy Talent and Entertainment, who represent Flair, issued the update on Twitter:-

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As per Zanoni, Flair was initially hospitalised for “routine monitoring,” with reports suggesting that his issues were heart-related. Her latest update confirms that this is not the case, and while Flair’s surgery went well, he remains in an intensive care unit. For what it’s worth, former WWE personality “Mean” Gene Okerlund noted on Facebook that Flair was in hospital for colon surgery.

WWE have addressed the situation on their official website, and again on last night’s Raw, with Michael Cole confirming ‘The Nature Boy’s’ successful surgery.

Zanoni had previously tweeted asking for “prayers and positive energy” for Flair’s “tough medical issues.” Ric was put into a medically induced coma ahead of yesterday’s procedure, and it was initially reported that he’d been scheduled for an operation later in the week. There’s no word on whether or not yesterday’s surgery fulfils this.

Details on the nature of Flair’s health issues remain scarce, but at least this is some positive news.