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Ric Flair Medically Cleared, Reaction to Sami Zayn’s AEW Reference

At 70 years old, Ric Flair is medically cleared for in-ring action, and did Sami Zayn get in trouble for his AEW reference on RAW?

Ric Flair Claims To Be Medically Cleared To Return To The Ring

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Ric Flair, who is now 70 years old, has been medically cleared to step back inside a wrestling ring.

The former world champion did not disclose during an appearance on WWE After The Bell if that means he will be competing again or doing any in-ring action soon, just that he is cleared to do so.

“I’ve been cleared,” Flair said. “That’s a secret. I’ve been cleared. I’ve got a medical release. So, never, ever forget who the dirtiest player in the game is, man. I’ll be equipped and ready. In the words of Pedro Morales, for any kind of action.”

Flair is set to lead a team of wrestlers against a group led by Hulk Hogan at WWE Crown Jewel this Thursday. The event takes place from Saudi Arabia and airs live on the WWE Network.

Was Sami Zayn Punished For Mentioning AEW On RAW?

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Earlier this year, Sami Zayn made reference to All Elite Wrestling while appearing on the Electric Chair. It was one of the first such instances in which a WWE superstar mentioned AEW on live television.

Zayn, who was fielding questions, stated the fans could ask him anything, including “even about AEW.”

In an interview with Catch-Newz, Zayn was asked if he caught any backstage attention for the reference.

“No, no. It really was not a big story other than what was on the internet. At the end of the day, the segment was a small new segment that we were trying for people; an unscripted thing. I knew that if we say ‘AEW’ that was the way that people will talk about it,” Zayn said (thanks to Wrestling Inc. for the quote). “That’s exactly what happened. As you see, nothing really happened after I said that. It was done once, and nothing happened.”

Despite what he said, other reports have stated that Vince McMahon was not pleased with the use of AEW.

“Much more controversy on the internet on the subject, but it’s important to have the people talking about it,” Zayn added. “It was a small segment for one time only, to have the people talking about it, that was the idea.”

Zayn is currently involved in a feud with Daniel Bryan that also involves Shinsuke Nakamura, the reigning Intercontinental champion.

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