WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair fired by TNA Wrestling
Naitch officially out of the Impact Zone.
According to court documents obtained by Mike Johnson and PWinsider.com, WWE Hall of Famer "Nature Boy" Ric Flair was officially terminated by TNA Wrestling on May 11, 2012.
WWE made that statement in the court documents while noting that Flair had been let go several weeks before TNA filed a lawsuit alleging that WWE had gone after Flair, described as "under a TNA contract" in the lawsuit. That date would be Friday 5/11 while TNA's Sacrifice PPV was on 5/13. TNA claimed in the original PPV lawsuit that Flair had no showed the PPV. If he was fired, as the filing claims, he couldn't have no showed as he was no longer employed by the company.
It's interesting to note that Flair is still listed as an official member of the TNA roster on the company website.
This story just keeps getting more and more interesting--and confused. It should by noted WWE attorney Jerry McDevitt has already stated WWE has no interest in anyone in TNA. That means if WWE was to sign someone fresh off a TNA run (i.e. Matt Morgan, who is heavily rumored to be on the outs), that could sway the case in TNA's favor.
On his Monday morning radio show, WrestlingObserver.com Dave Meltzer opined that the case could last two years. Whether that means WWE's hiring freeze of TNA wrestlers lasts that long is another story.
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