Charlotte Flair is The Queen for a reason. She’s dubbed herself “the greatest female superstar of all time” and honestly, if she keeps going the way she has been for the past few years, she probably will be.
The 12-time Women’s Champion is the first woman (alongside Sasha Banks) to main event a WWE main roster pay-per-view, the first woman (alongside Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey) to main event WrestleMania, she won PWI’s rookie of the year in 2014, and has won more championships in WWE than any woman to come before her.
WWE certainly seems to think Flair is the greatest asset they have in terms of talent right now, and while they haven’t outright said as much, their booking of The Queen says it for them.
It doesn’t matter what WWE show is your favorite — Raw, SmackDown, or NXT — tune-in any night of the week and you’ll see Flair’s pearly whites smiling back at you. Charlotte Flair is the only WWE superstar, be it man or woman, that’s currently booked on every WWE live show. The last time we saw something like this happen was during the dark days of the wildcard rule, but that was with multiple talents hopping between shows, and even then WWE didn’t lean on any one of them to appear on every show they had running.
Charlotte Flair recently spoke with Sportskeeda’s Gary Cassidy on her role in WWE and how she came to be a star on all three of the company’s brands. Read the excerpt from their conversation below.
Oh, man. That’s a loaded question!
I don’t know how that came about! I just… Like we talked about before, I really do think that my consistency is a detriment to people missing me. I feel like I am doing some of my best work of my career right now, promo-wise and in-ring-wise but, because people see me all the time, I think they’re used to it and the expectation is so high, and it’s so frustrating because it’s like, “Well, am I not supposed to be hungry? Am I not supposed to always want to be on top? Am I not supposed to be fighting to get better?”
I don’t know. It’s like a Catch-22. I think the biggest thing for me is, yes, I’m on all three brands but, if you look at my storylines that I am a part of, I am a part of someone else’s storyline, it’s not like anything is a “Charlotte Flair” push. Like, there’s nothing that… I’m just put [there] because I can basically do anything and everything they ask.
Like, going to SmackDown was not for me. That’s not a push. That is “Charlotte Flair is a name and she’s coming to SmackDown.” So, currently, I am just all over the place, brand-wise, because I am the hardest worker, and I will say that, for the women.
I’ve been going straight for six years. And, you know, I don’t know, I like getting better, I like being at work, this is my job, I love it. I don’t want to go away.
But it is frustrating because I think people take the growth and my work, you know, for granted because they see it all the time. It’s not like, “Oh, man…” It’s hard. I don’t know what the right answer is.
Like her or hate her, you have to respect the fact that when Charlotte Flair says she’s the hardest working woman in her division, it’s not a boast. Sure, everyone wants to be at the top of their division. Everyone wants to be the champion. But does everyone want to be on every live show of WWE programming? Almost definitely not.
Every wrestling fan knows how brutal the work schedule is for WWE talent and I can’t imagine anyone wanting to commit themselves to tripling their current workload, especially during such a turbulent time for our society.
Up until she lost the NXT Championship to Io Shirai at NXT TakeOver: In Your House, Charlotte Flair’s recent appearances on Raw and Smackdown weren’t for her benefit.
Flair helped put over Nia Jax to set her up as the number one contender for Asuka’s Raw Women’s Championship. Flair’s recent appearances on SmackDown put over Bayley and Sasha Banks as the top dogs of the brand. The only brand Flair’s recent championship run didn’t appear to help, was the brand that she was representing, NXT.
With Flair show hopping so much it took away from the prestige of her run as NXT Champion since you could tune into any show to watch her perform. If Charlotte Flair is the NXT Champion, she should be on NXT and NXT alone. That’s how you use a hot commodity to elevate the brand and the stars performing there with them. But that’s a conversation for another day.
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