SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair had a pretty long stint as a face ever since her switch to the blue brand. Charlotte has now revealed that she was not entirely comfortable with her earlier role and was not staying true to her character.
In a recent interview with Brian Campbell on the State of Combat podcast, the Queen revealed the circumstances behind her heel turn, which took place at Survivor Series last year. She said:
“I got into Survivor Series I said to myself, you know what, I can no longer apologize for being that good because I am. It was one of those moments where it’s like go back to who you are and what your character is supposed to be and don’t care about the rest,” stated Charlotte. “It was almost like I was re-debuting when I debuted as a babyface and turned to bad it was just a matter of, no, I’m Charlotte Flair. I’m an eight-time Women’s Champion. I am not an afterthought and I just went back to what I am meant to be the entire time, which is The Chosen One.”
Despite their heated tension over the course of the past few months, Charlotte was not shy to admit her admiration for Ronda Rousey. She stated:
“I just look at Ronda and I go, if there had not been a Ronda, I mean, I know the world has changed for women overall, but Ronda played a huge part of that,” admitted Charlotte. “She is a household name and has always stayed true to her message. When she got signed with WWE no one can say whether or not she would be able to pick up this business. Just because you are a great athlete doesn’t mean you are going to be a great storyteller. I believe she legitimized the women’s division to an audience that may not be familiarized with sports entertainment. That is what I believe she brought to the table.”
To conclude, Charlotte claimed that she always dreamt of facing Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania, well before the arrival of the current RAW Women’s Champion. She concluded:
“Before Survivor Series, I pictured facing her at WrestleMania and I wanted to test my skill against her,” said Charlotte. “That is how much I look up to her and I still do because of what she has done for women’s sports around the world. I have that much respect for her. Don’t get me wrong though, it is my ring.”