​Charlotte Claims She Was Surprised Over The Reid Flair/RAW Backlash, Discusses Her Father


During a recent interview with Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, WWE Divas Champion Charlotte discussed the backlash from the Reid Flair comment on RAW, her father Ric and more. Here are some highlights:

On WWE using Reid Flair’s death to get heat for the recent Charlotte-Paige feud: “I think they needed heat. I think they needed heat because, I mean, in my eyes, I look at Paige, looking at her as a fan, not a talent, I’m like, ‘yeah, she’s freaking cool! She’s a badass! I can relate to her. She’s one of us!’ And I knew, I mean, I think the Reid storyline came because they needed heat and they needed to get me some kind of sympathy.”

On being surprised by the backlash to the Reid Flair storyline: “Honestly, I was [surprised by the backlash] because I already get it. Like, before this storyline, people think that being a [second] generation kid, everything is handed to you, but, honestly, it’s that much harder. Could I have walked on set and been whoever I wanted to be? No. And then, people knowing about Reid’s death, knowing the story behind it, knowing [what] my dad’s private life has been in the media for years, so I’d already gotten backlash from social media anyway, saying negative things about my brother and father and it’s like, I think, just the general public, is able to say their two cents anyway. Any great storyline came from a little bit of realism. I’m not saying it was good [or] it was bad. I don’t know anymore just because once it was hashed and then getting the backlash, I was like, ‘am I a bad person? How is this making me look?’ But you know what? People were talking.”

On using Ric Flair’s mannerisms and how they’re easier to pull off when she is a heel: “To be honest, personally, I did have a hard time when I debuted [on the main roster] because all three of us, kind of were babyfaces. When I really started to become my own [character] in NXT, after my [Natalya] match, I was a heel. That’s when I felt most comfortable, so I do feel that I’m able to carry on my dad’s name, the Flair legacy. It’s easier to adapt the cheating and sort of his mannerisms, I guess, his style, it just comes more naturally as a heel than trying to push the Flair name as a babyface. It’s obviously a mixed blessing, but it is an interesting duo, me and my dad. I’m stronger as a heel and if you’re going to pair me with my dad, which they did, I said that I’m going to be over the top.”

On possibly facing Sasha Banks at WrestleMania 32: “I get goosebumps just thinking about it, just thinking about being a part of, first of all, WrestleMania as main roster talent. This will be my first time even being considered to be able to be on the card. And then, to think that [facing Banks] is a possibility, and we started together. We were just generic babyfaces, and then the BFFs, and then look where we are now. Just the evolution of the two of us and to think that we main evented the first time in NXT and then it could be a huge singles [match] at ‘Mania. It just makes you want to work that much harder.”

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