Ric Flair is a name that wrestling fans are familiar with, working alongside professional wrestling entity WWE for decades. Although he and the company parted ways in 2021, their strong ties were not enough to keep them apart too long as Flair, and the WWE will be teaming up with film writer, producer, and director Tom Rinaldi for a documentary about the Nature Boy.
In the early morning of June 2, WWE tweeted about the collaboration to create a two-hour documentary with a never-before-revealed history of the veteran wrestler. Rinaldi was chosen to take the helm as he had previously worked with ESPN to produce short films like The Return in 2019 and Jacob Jarvis: Why It Matters in 2016.
In the WWE, Flair’s retirement match happened in 2008 against Shawn Michaels at Wrestlemania 24. However, he would continue stepping into the squared circle at TNA/Impact Wrestling, where his last match happened in 2011, facing off against Sting.
Flair would return to the WWE in 2012, making sporadic appearances and occasionally entering storylines with his daughter Charlotte Flair. However, in August 2021, he and the company would once again part ways.
WWE issued a brief statement that wrote: “We have come to terms on the release of Ric Flair as of today.” The Nature Boy later revealed that he wanted to pursue business opportunities but that WWE was holding him back. Flair later made appearances at NWA and AAA for their Triplemania XXIX event.
The Nature Boy is currently training for a match that marks his retirement, which will occur at Starrcast V on the weekend of July 29 to 31. It was previously reported that Flair and wrestling stable FTR would go against Ricky Steamboat and the Rock n’ Roll Express. However, Steamboat went public to cool down the rumors and suggest it could be Hulk Hogan joining Ricky Morton and Robert Gibson. The night before the match, an event will be held of people teasing Ric Flair about moments of his career in a ‘Roast of Ric Flair’ wherein he will dish insults right back.