WWE Hall of Fame member Ric Flair has been a professional wrestling icon for decades, working alongside the company for an incredible number of years. Their strong ties were not enough to keep them apart after they parted ways in 2021 though, as they’ve announced plans on film writer and producer Tom Rinaldi’s upcoming documentary about the Nature Boy.
The WWE has revealed they will be making a two-hour long documentary about the life and times of Ric Flairwith never before seen footage throughout his career. Tom Rinaldi’s extensive work in television production made him an ideal candidate for this project, having worked with ESPN to produce The Return in 2019 and Jacob Jarvis: Why It Matters in 2016.
Flair’s WWE retirement match arrived in 2008 against Shawn Michaels at WrestleMania 24. However, he would continue to step onto the squared circle, though not for long as he faced off with Sting one last time before leaving TNA/Impact Wrestling.
The Nature Boy would return to his roots in 2012, making sporadic appearances on WWE and participating in a couple of storylines, some of which involved his daughter and Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair. By 2021, Flair and WWE would once again bid each other farewell.
“We have come to terms on the release of Ric Flair as of today,” wrote the WWE in a brief statement.
Ric Flair elaborated on their parting, saying there were business opportunities he wanted to pursue, but that his contract with the WWE held him back. The Nature Boy then participated at NWA and AAA’s Triplemania XXIX event.
Currently, Flair is training for his final match, which will be shown on Jim Crockett Promotion’s Starrcast V, an event that will be held in Nashville on July 31. The night before, a special event will take place of people roasting Ric Flair and him returning insults.
Initially, Ric Flair was touted to join wrestling group FTR in a match against Ricky Steamboat and the Rock ‘n Roll Express, but the former revealed he declined the offer. Instead, he suggested Hulk Hogan, Ricky Morton, and Robert Gibson.