WATCH: Ric Flair, wearing an amazing shirt, says he's 'back up and running'

Update: In pure "Nature Boy" fashion -- literally -- Ric Flair released his first video message since his surgery on Saturday. Wearing a T-shirt that reads, 'I ain't dead yet motherf---ers," Flair thanks his fans for their support and claims he's "back up and running" and "looking only as I can look." He adds: "I will see you in the very, very, very, very, very near future. Woooo!"

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Three weeks after his health scares began, Ric Flair has spoken out publicly for the first time. The WWE Hall of Famer and 16-time world heavyweight champion promised fans Tuesday in a tweet that he "will be back."

"Sometimes you have to get knocked down lower than you have ever been, to stand up taller than you ever were. Natich WILL be back," he tweeted.

Flair awakened from a medically induced coma days after undergoing surgery in response to a serious medical issue on Aug. 14.

His fiancée, Wendy Barlow, also released an update on her Facebook account. "He is doing very well for a Man who has been through so much! He will begin Physical Therapy shortly and will be stronger than ever and back out enjoying all the fans sooner than you would think," she wrote. "I can Honestly say I have witnessed a Miracle."

Ten days ago, representative Melina Morris Zanoni sent a series of tweets explaining that things were looking up for "The Nature Boy" despite him not being declared out of the woods at that time.

"He did cut a promo on a nurse yesterday, so anyone that knows Ric Flair knows that's a very, very good sign," she wrote. "... The man outlived a plane crash and being struck by lightning, he is a survivor. Grateful for all the love and respect sent Ric Flair's way."

Flair, 68, was originally hospitalized for "routine monitoring" but wound up needing surgery, which was not on his heart. He was put in a medically induced coma prior to surgery. As there are a variety of reports about the specific procedure Flair underwent, CBS Sports has chosen not speculate at this time, though we will provide updates if and when the family releases more information.

"The Nature Boy" has dealt with a variety of health issues throughout his life and career, admitting in a 2004 book that excessive alcohol use has exasperated some of his problems.

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