Sunday, January 27, 2013

Ric Flair pulled from wrestling at All Japan event due to medical problem



Ric Flair's advertised return to the ring for All Japan Pro Wrestling on Saturday didn't end up taking place after a badly swollen left leg prevented him from doing so. According to a report by Dave Meltzer, Flair announced he would be unable to wrestle due to "doctor's orders" before the show and apologized saying his son Reid would take his place. Flair was taken to the emergency room before the show and was told he could not wrestle.

Although he didn't take part in a match, Flair was at ringside and ended up getting involved in the Seiya Sanada and Tatsumi Fujinami vs. Keiji Muto and Reid Flair match giving some chops to Sanada. The show had been sold out two days in advance with many feeling it would be the last chance they could see Flair wrestle. Live reports stated that many fans wanted refunds in the building and were very upset nothing was offered.

Flair was originally scheduled to appear on both RAW in San Jose and Smackdown in Sacramento this week, fly from San Francisco to Tokyo and then back to San Francisco for several autograph signings during Super Bowl weekend. No word on why he wasn't involved in the WWE TV tapings and isn't scheduled to appear at any following the Royal Rumble.

Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online via wrestleview.com


UPDATE:

To follow up on the earlier report of Ric Flair suffering an injury in Japan keeping him out of the ring for All Japan Pro Wrestling, Dave Meltzer is reporting that Flair suffered a blood clot in his left leg while in the country. Flair was examined at an emergency room before the All Japan event on Saturday. He refused to stay at the hospital and ended up appearing at the All Japan event at ringside managing his son Reid and Keiji Muto against Seiya Sanada and Tatsumi Fujinami. Flair is scheduled to fly back to the United States today and remains scheduled to take part in autograph signings this week in Las Vegas.

Source: The Wrestling Observer/Figure Four Online via wrestleview.com

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