In May, it was revealed Charlotte Flair would need an operation to repair a ruptured breast implant. The 6-time WWE Champion was reportedly delaying the surgery but now has chosen her date for the procedure.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Flair's operation is set for late June. WWE has pulled the SmackDown star from the upcoming tour in Japan. At this moment we can expect Flair to miss a chunk of July but should be back in time for SummerSlam.
Flair has reportedly postponed the surgery for several months. The injury predates WrestleMania, but in light of her massive match with Asuka, her Backlash Championship bout with Carmella, and now the MITB ladder match, Flair and WWE decided the operation was a secondary concern.
Speculatively speaking, Flair's looming surgery appears to rule out any possibility of her winning this Sunday. At the moment, she's a long shot (+450) but an operation at the end of the month may disqualify her as a winner. Instead, it's more likely WWE uses the match to write off Flair with an "injury" sustained during the match.
However, WWE has yet to hesitate when it comes to paying Flair's resume. No one believed she'd be the one to extinguish Asuka's streak at WrestleMania 34, but she did. Her WrestleMania win served a stark reminder that Flair has a nearly impeccable pay-per-view wrap sheet. In only a few year time, Flair's list of accomplishments is significantly longer than any of her peers and WWE may decide a MITB victory is a necessary trophy for Flair to have.
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