The wrestling world held their breath yesterday when Ric Flair’s manager took to social media and asked for prayers for the 16-time world champion, saying that a “routine” hospital visit had turned into a scary stay in the ICU. It was later reported that Flair had been placed in a medically induced coma and would undergo surgery, although the nature of the surgery wasn’t revealed.

By all accounts, Flair was in really bad condition. A lot of wrestling fans were speculating that it could be the end of the line for the 68-year-old legend. Late Monday night, Flair’s representatives (Legacy Talent) tweeted out that the surgery was a success, but that he still had a “long road ahead.”

Trusted wrestling reporter Dave Meltzer also commented on the situation on the Wrestling Observer forum:

He’s out of surgery.

 

It’s good that he’s out of surgery.

 

It’s still real bad. I had it just told to me in some detail, not exactly identical, but very similar to what happened to my dad. However, his kidneys are functioning which is the main difference and no cancer issues.

Flair’s family has reportedly joined him at the hospital during his recovery. We will continue to keep the Flair family in our thoughts and wish the Nature Boy a quick and healthy recovery.