WWE superstar Charlotte Flair was recently interviewed by Bleacher Report to promote her Raw Women’s Championship match with Rhea Ripley this Sunday at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view. She discussed a number of topics, including the Women’s Division, Andrade to AEW and more.
Below are some highlights from the interview:
On being a heel:
“Yes, I’m the 13-time champion, but really, in the last couple of years, I have not had a successful title run,” Charlotte said. “Yes, I’ve been in the title picture non-stop, but besides the tag titles, I haven’t been the champion, but people just associate me [with that]. So, [I’m thinking], ‘Play into that, go with that,’ but I have been chasing. At the same time, like I said on Raw Talk, do I need a title to be Charlotte Flair? Absolutely not. Am I going to go into this any different? Absolutely not.”
“I always want to be a heel,” she said. “When I came back after WrestleMania, there was no questioning what I am. There’s no questioning what side [I’m on]. All that frustration, all that confusion, and laying it all out there. I really feel that has [been] portrayed throughout my promos. You can only do so much in the ring, and having that ability to have the mic has really helped with somewhat of a character wrinkle for me since April.”
On an all women’s wrestling show:
“I think [another Evolution is] more of a when [than an if], but I get asked this question a lot,” she said. “Would an all-women’s show be great? Yes. Would another all-women’s pay-per-view be great? Yes. But I’m in the mindset that I want to be on the card with men. I want to be on the card where there’s eight matches and I want to be the best of the night no matter the gender. I don’t need an all-women’s show or an all-women’s pay-per-view to highlight my performance or skill or being a lady wrestler. No. I want to prove, no matter man or woman, I am the best. I think it’s great, but I don’t need an all-women’s show to show I’m a great wrestler.”
“Any promotion, any female star, anyone should say they are the best,” she said. “You should not be in this business unless you’re saying you’re the best. Wherever you are in the world you should say you’re the best.”
On Andrade going to AEW:
“I’m just so motivated and inspired by his decision,” she said. “It was his dream to be in WWE, but I think he knew and felt he wanted more. He could get more and maybe going and showing his worth and working on things that he needed to like his English, that’s what it was going to take to be where he wants to be. To do that on his own accord and not be scared of the future but to know that he’ll succeed and one day come back… I don’t know if that’s what he’d want to do. But he wants success.
“He wants the platform,” she continued. “He wants to get better. He wants to main-event shows. To see him come out the other night when he debuted, full-blown star. You can’t deny him, he is a star. Working on his English, I know things are going to get bigger and better and brighter for him and I support him 100 percent. It’s really inspiring to watch. He just went and did it.”
“I’m WWE homegrown,” she said. “I think that’s what people forget. I’m a product of the PC. That would be so scary to me to leave my home, which is WWE. To know that he has traveled the world and that he’ll continue to travel the world and make a bigger name for himself, I’m so excited for him.”
“What I’m helping him with definitely is not what he’s helping me with,” she said. “With him, he obviously works with me on the moves. I have a style now obviously because I’ve been on Raw and SmackDown since 2015, but just working with my performance and I work with him on presentation. Half of the battle is being a star. I feel like, which people forget a lot of the time, is that it is presence whether it’s promos or… I can’t give away the magic, but I work with presentation and he works with wrestling. You swap it.”
Charlotte also discusses the Women’s Division as a whole, a potential acting career and more.
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