WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte recently appeared on Talk Is Jericho. Here are the highlights.
On how important her father is to wrestling:
“I never really realized what he meant to the wrestling world until I started wrestling because this was never, I hate to say it, but it was never a dream of mine growing up. Obviously, it was my brother’s, so to me, I was like, ‘yeah, my dad’s famous. That’s cool.’ It was hard sometimes in high school when I had really big volleyball games because the kids would taunt me.” Charlotte continued, “it was hard that way and him being gone, but he really was just dad. That’s it. Even when I went on tour with him towards the end of my junior and senior year, I never really grew up and realized how the industry worked or what he meant to it. I mean, I knew he was important. I looked at him the other day as we were driving down the road and I said, ‘I can understand now why you never wanted to quit and why you lost yourself after you retired in ’07 because it really does become your life. And that feeling that you get when you step on stage, there’s nothing else in the world like it. And the bond with the boys and the girls backstage, I get it now.’ And he’s Ric Flair here and he’s Ric Flair at home. I mean, he just never changes.”
On picking her name:
“I gave them 10 names. I gave them ‘Miss Elizabeth’, but not thinking of Miss Elizabeth.” Charlotte joked, “they probably were like, ‘oh my God! This idiot!’ But I wrote down ‘Elizabeth Reid’ because it was my mom’s and Reid’s name. And then I put short ‘Ella Reid’. I think I put ‘Charlotte’ down. Oh, I think I put maybe ‘Eliza’ down. Honestly, I wrote down a bunch of names and it was between ‘Ella Reid’ and ‘Charlotte’ and I just don’t think they thought I was going to be good or go anywhere. I don’t know because here, like I said, I walked in [as] Ric Flair’s daughter who never wanted to be in the [professional wrestling] business before and here I am. [I] never worked [and] knew nothing. They probably thought, ‘well, this is funny. Lets name her Charlotte. No effort.’”