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Charlotte Flair on Jinder Mahal’s rise in WWE, finding her place on SmackDown, Lana getting title shot


Charlotte Flair recently did an interview with ESPN and discussed all of the matches on this past Sunday’s Money in the Bank card. Charlotte gave her thoughts on Jinder Mahal’s rise in WWE, Lana’s SmackDown Women’s Championship opportunity and finding her place on SmackDown. Here are some highlights from the interview:

Lana getting a shot at the SmackDown Women’s Championship:

“I believe pressure creates diamonds. Lana’s either going to sink or swim. I think it’s an awesome opportunity, a unique way to debut her wrestling skills. I think there’s excitement around it. It’s not your typical, “Hey, I’m here on Raw or SmackDown. I’m having my first match ever.” No, she has wrestled at WrestleMania on a preshow. I can’t say that it’s her first match, and she’s had NXT matches, but I think having this opportunity is huge.

Anybody would want this opportunity. I want another title match. So, I think it’s exciting. I couldn’t be more excited for her. You either rise to the occasion or you don’t. I think she’s done a great job of transitioning from [being] with Rusev to maybe being a part of our division.”

Jinder Mahal’s rise to the top of WWE:

“Knowing Jinder Mahal on a backstage level, I couldn’t be more excited for his rise to this occasion, becoming this super-villain. He looks like a star. He works hard behind the scenes. Obviously, Randy Orton will go down as one of the greatest in history. So, I think, for Jinder, it’s got to be exciting to know that there’s so much anticipation around the match. There’s also the element of other legends being there, front row, and he’s at the center of it all with Randy. Randy’s been in this position multiple times. This is another walk in the park for him, probably. I’m just excited for Jinder, as a whole.”

Finding her place on SmackDown:

“I think that’s trying to figure out, “Am I a good guy, or am I bad guy? Am I still the dirtiest player in the game, or have I come to my senses and Becky Lynch has rubbed off on me?”

The girls that I’m working with are absolutely amazing. It’s not whether I prefer Raw or SmackDown; it’s more, “What’s my role? Who’s Charlotte?” I think I’m still trying to figure out.”