After being placed into a medically induced coma, the 'Nature Boy' underwent "successful surgery earlier today; however, he is not out of the woods yet," as confirmed by WWE announcer Michael Cole during Monday Night Raw's broadcast.
Flair's representatives have yet to release details of the operation. Meanwhile, the biggest names in the industry have already offered their thoughts and prayers for the speedy recovery of the 16-time world champion:
Fans were shocked upon learning of Flair's situation, considering he is viewed as someone who is sprightly for his ripe old age of 68. We weren't the only ones who frantically searched for this clip after news of his hospitalization came out:
The Nature Boy is indubitably one of the most colorful characters in the history of the sport—his in-ring aptitude was matched by his camera presence. If there is one professional wrestler who could rival The Rock's charisma, it would be Flair.
What set the two-time WWE Hall of Famer apart from his colleagues is that he wasn't all talk. Beyond God-knows-how-many cheap shots and braggadocious interviews lies a body of work (31 major titles) that few pros could only dream of.
Ironically, the man has lived up to his popular phrase—"To be the man, you gotta beat the man!"—with a 40-year career that has influenced legions of fans. Get well soon, Naitch! Woo!