Charlotte Flair is The Queen. And though she comes from wrestling royalty, she didn’t inherit that nickname, she earned it.
Charlotte Flair is The Queen.
And though she comes from wrestling royalty, she didn’t inherit that nickname, she earned it.
Charlotte first appeared on WWE’s NXT, the company’s developmental brand, back in 2013, and has become a cornerstone of the company in the years since. Along with others like Sasha Banks, Bayley, and Becky Lynch, Charlotte has helped usher in a new era of women’s wrestling in the WWE. In 2018 WWE held the company’s first all-women pay-per-view event, Evolution. Flair hopes that momentum continues in 2019 and beyond, “Sometimes you think we can’t get any higher than this, and then we do. It’s just letting us run with the ball.”
The former, Raw, Smackdown, and NXT Champion found herself in a number of different Match of the Year contenders, including a showdown with Becky Lynch at Evolution and a triple threat with Lynch and Asuka at TLC. She believes the continued success for the division can help them to main event at the grandest stage of them all, Wrestlemania, “When the women main event Raw, or Smackdown, or a PPV now, it’s not a shock. It’s not a shock, fans are like yeah women are in the main event. No one is going, oh it’s the first ever, or they don’t deserve it, it’s actually a common thing now. So I think that plays a huge part of, will women or can women main event Wrestlemania.”
Big Woos to fill
Charlotte is the daughter of “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. Following in the footsteps of one of wrestling’s biggest stars is no feat. While the connection helped her early on to establish her presence in the ring, she’s now blazed her own trail. She certainly felt the pressure of her father’s legacy though, “No one puts more pressure on me than I do. And my dad’s legacy means the world to me. It’s one of those things where, do I pay homage to him or do I not? Is it okay to WOO, is it not okay? Is it too much, is it not? I just have to tell myself and remember that I am way more athletic than my dad was and what I am doing now, it’s okay to continue my dad’s legacy, and carry the last name, and WOO, and strut, and do all those things because I know what I am doing in the ring, I’m going above and beyond and showing that I’m also a talent verse just Flair’s kid.”
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