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Charlotte Talks Her Brother Convincing Her to Wrestle, Connecting with WWE Fans

WWE Superstar Charlotte recently sat down for an interview with ESPN to promote her match tonight with Sasha Banks in the first ever Women’s Hell In A Cell match for the RAW Women’s title. You can check out some highlights here:

On her brother convincing her to wrestle:

“I was at the WWE Hall of Fame for the Four Horsemen in Miami, and John Laurinaitis was at dinner with my family and he asked me, “Why aren’t you doing this?” I told him, “I never thought about it.” My little brother, Reid, was like, “Oh my god! We can do it together!” I was personal training at the time, so I thought, I’ll give it a shot. I don’t know how Reid convinced me. Even when I was driving to Tampa with the U-Haul packed, I thought, “What am I doing?!” I never wanted to be a wrestler. When I got there though, the wrestling — the physical part — was super easy. I’ve played sports, and I’ve been a tomboy my whole life. But I didn’t have a goal. After my brother Reid passed away in 2013, I realized this was what I was meant to do. And I just got better.”

On connecting with fans:

“The hard part for me was not the wrestling — it was showing emotion, telling a story and being able to connect with fans. Coming out as Ric Flair’s daughter and being called athletically gifted, it’s hard to say, “Hey, like me! You can relate to me!” It wasn’t working, so I completely switched my character. I find it easier to pretend to be the person everyone already thinks I am versus being who I am.”