Charlotte Flair is among the most decorated stars to ever perform in WWE.
She won the Royal Rumble and headlined a Wrestlemania, one of three women who has. In addition to holding the NXT title on two separate occasions, she is also a 10-time world champion in WWE. Synonymous with greatness, his brilliance in WWE is undeniable.
Beneath Charlotte Flair’s armor is Ashley Fliehr. That is the person who gives life, charisma and distinction to the character on the screen, as well as the person who tirelessly pursues a legacy. Despite operating under a huge shadow (she is the daughter of the legendary Ric Flair, after all), she has carved out and created her own magnificence.
Setting unrealistic standards and then exceeding them has been part of Flair’s course throughout his nine-year career. So it was a humbling moment when, for a combination of reasons, it was left off the card last April in WrestleMania 37.
“I was devastated,” Flair said. “I didn’t take it easy. Missing Wrestlemania It was hard.”
Competitive by nature, Flair became frustrated as she looked at the card, constantly reminding herself that it should have been there. But his mindset changed when he saw Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair on the opening night of the main event.
“As much as it hurts to fail WrestlemaniaIt was amazing to see Sasha and see her succeed, ”said Flair, whose history with Banks stretches back almost a decade. “See her leave Mandalorian And being in the main event, it was amazing. And Bianca has that special “It” factor. You need to keep taking that and move on. His story, and what he embodies, is incredible. So I was happy for both Sasha and Bianca.
“With Sasha, I can’t wait until the day when we can complete the circle of our story. We were babies when we performed in 2015. To see how far we’ve come as artists and to get back to that rivalry, I can’t wait. Seeing her main event and being the star that she is, I couldn’t be happier for her. “
During the second night of WrestleMania 37, Flair’s insatiable desire to be the best returned in full force as he watched Asuka fight Rhea Ripley. Flair has had Wrestlemania matches against both artists, and as she closely studied her match, a new fire was lit to take both her opponents and herself to new heights. That journey continues this Sunday at WWE’s Hell in a cell pay-per-view, where Flair fights Ripley in a match for the Raw women’s championship.
Flair and Ripley share history. They had their phenomenal and forceful game in WrestleMania 36, a masterpiece of fighting in empty arenas during the pandemic era, as well as a triple threat in subsequent TakeOver: at your home when Flair dropped the NXT title to Io Shirai after Ripley took the pin. They even had a pivotal moment at last year’s Royal Rumble, when Ripley and Belair teamed up, both literally and symbolically, to eliminate Flair and set the ending sequence for the match.
“I am grateful that Rhea and I now have a platform to tell our story,” said Flair. “I am disappointed with how our story developed in NXT. I loved our party at Wrestlemania in the PC. I will talk about the game in the next few years. This is now an opportunity to tell our story. “
Flair, Ripley and Asuka worked a triple threat last month in WrestleMania kickback, who saw Ripley retain when she defeated Asuka. The story continues in Hell in a cell, with Flair putting immense pressure on her shoulders to make sure Ripley presents herself as a star.
“I need to do my best to do whatever it takes for this story,” Flair said. “Rhea needs to get the best of Charlotte Flair and Charlotte Flair needs to get the best of Rhea so she can take the ball and run with it, be the future, make a name for herself and do what she’s supposed to do.
“I feel a personal responsibility to make sure I am a star. When I was in his place, I remember how fragile, nervous and uncomfortable he was. I remember seeing Nikki Bella come out and think, ‘She is a star.’ When I held the Divas championship, I felt like it belonged to me. I wish someone had said, ‘Come to me and show me who you are.’ I want to do that for Rhea. I keep hearing that she is the future, so let’s go out and see. “
There is rarely a time when Flair appears on WWE programming and is not involved in the title image. She is clearly aware of that, as well as the frustrations of the people around her, but she also has an innate understanding of the perpetual stress involved in that responsibility.
“The women’s division is much smaller than the men’s division, and I find that I am constantly in the title image,” Flair said. “That pressure lives with me. I’m never in a side story where I can relax. Women constantly fight for time, stories, and equality. Being located in positions that always appear, I always feel that pressure and it never goes away. “
Flair, who promised to wear a new robe this Sunday, wants to show off distinctively unique elements in his work on Sunday. There is the flash and the pomp, but also that tenacious passion to win the match, illustrated in each pin drop attempt, to make the viewer feel their desire to be a champion. As she continues to evolve in the ring, she is also delighted that viewers are seeing a different side of her character.
“This is Charlotte Flair unhinged, and I hope they let me be more unhinged,” Flair said. “I’m having so much fun. He had pushed me a lot for the last four or five years, and eventually I have to let it go, but I wish I knew who I was during the Becky [Lynch] fief. I have grown a lot since then. I’m not afraid and I wish I could go back in time and take those handcuffs off. So I can’t wait to have the sequel with her. It’s going to be epic. “
Back in a title match, seeking to prove once again why she is the best in the world, Flair eagerly awaits the opportunity to apply her craft in Hell in a cell.
“I want to get over what I’ve already done,” Flair said. “With Rhea, our party in Mania It was great, and we can do even better. Now we have a story behind us. We are going to steal the show. This is going to be the game of the night. “
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.