It came to light previously that Hall of Famer Ric Flair was going to be written off WWE television soon and his run with Randy Orton was possibly coming to an end as well. However, the segment was delayed for a couple weeks and Flair was kept off WWE RAW as his wife, Wendy Barlow, had tested positive for Covid-19.
Flair was back on last week’s RAW and was seen at Randy Orton’s side as usual.
According to a report, WWE has finally decided to air the segment involving Flair. It is set to go down either on tonight’s episode of RAW or they will make the fans wait a little bit more and air it closer to WWE SummerSlam.
Ric Flair angle already taped for WWE RAW
It was reported by Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter that the angle of Ric Flair being written off television has already been taped by WWE.
“It’s already taped so Ric Flair is there and the Ric Flair angle I guess is probably already taped unless they canned it. At the last word, when they were doing the taping that afternoon, the Ric Flair angle was definitely still on the show. The only two things that were there [in the script] were Shane McMahon’s thing and the Ric Flair-Randy Orton angle and then they threw that show together at the end.”
The report shed further light on why WWE made this decision. They wanted to focus more on the rivalry between Randy Orton and Drew McIntyre in the weeks leading up to their contest at WWE SummerSlam, and Flair would have only been a distraction from their feud.
RKO OUTTA NOWHERE to @DMcIntyreWWE!
— WWE (@WWE) July 28, 2020
At the moment, it is not yet confirmed whether the segment will be shown this week or not. But it will definitely be shown on one of the WWE RAW episodes before Orton and McIntyre face off at SummerSlam.
It was previously reported that Flair was looking forward to manage Orton in his fight with McIntyre at SummerSlam, but it seems like that is not going to happen.