Last night at NXT Takeover: In Your House, Charlotte Flair defended the NXT Women’s Championship against Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai in the main event. While The Queen ended up losing the title, her entire run with the championship has caused me to reflect upon her career in WWE and how she has been used since debuting with the company 8 years ago.
After reviewing her accolades, booking, move set and historical significance to the company, I have come to one conclusion:
In my opinion, Charlotte Flair has already established herself as the Greatest Female professional wrestler of all time.
Let’s start with the facts. Here is a small list of her accomplishments up to this point:
- 12-time champion in WWE (2 NXT, 1 Divas Championship, 4 Raw, 5 Smackdown)
- PWI rated her the No. 1 female wrestler in the world in 2016 and has been ranked in at least the Top 3 ever since
- Sports Illustrated rated her the No. 2 female wrestler in the world in 2018
There are many more to list, but it should be noted that Charlotte was also one of the first to compete in a Women’s Hell in a Cell match, along with Sasha Banks, in 2016. This was also the main event of the show, meaning that Flair was one of the first women to main event a WWE pay-per-view. In addition, The Queen was also a part of the Wrestlemania 35 main event, along with Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey, which was the first time that women headlined WWE’s biggest show of the year.
With every milestone that has taken place in the advancement of women’s wrestling, there has been one constant. That has been Charlotte Flair. And that has been taken to the next level ever since Wrestlemania 36.
When NXT moved to the USA Network last year, it was very obvious that WWE was in the process of turning its developmental territory into a legitimate 3rd brand. And when it came time to have one of its championships defended on the flagship show of the company, they went with the women’s championship.
In order to do that, they had to bring in its top female superstar to get the job done. And who did they go with? Charlotte Flair.
Not only that, but The Queen won the title, meaning that WWE was going to use her star power to help elevate the brand to new heights. And that has been shown in troves over the past two months. Flair has been the only superstar, both male and female, that has been regularly used on all three shows (Raw, Smackdown, NXT) and has had prominent roles in each, since Wrestlemania 36.
Oh, by the way, during this entire time, she has officially been labeled a member of the Raw roster. But, she’s so good that the company uses her wherever they need her.
Now, I know what a lot of you are thinking. “What about Becky Lynch?”
There is no doubt that Lynch is one of the most popular wrestlers in the world, and rightfully so. She is a fantastic worker, is brilliant on the microphone, and has an organic connection with the audience that few wrestlers have. I become emotional and so happy for her when she announced that she was pregnant, because I am such a huge fan of The Lass Kicker’s and have been for a long time.
However, there is a difference between the greatest and the most popular. I am arguing that Charlotte is the GOAT of Women’s Wrestling, not the most liked. That is a common misconception in the world of sports entertainment.
And at the end of the day, its not even close.
She has an incredible look, is brilliant on the microphone both as a heel and as a face, and is basically flawless in the ring with her technique, move set and in-ring IQ.
She is already the most decorated women’s champion in history with 12 title reigns, and I see no way that she is stopping any time soon. You could argue that The Fabulous Moolah is in the conversation with a single reign of over 10 years, but as far as the number of titles won, The Queen is dominant.
She has been the gold standard in WWE ever since her debut on the main roster in 2015 and has been used in the most important situations and advancements of women’s wrestling ever since the Women’s Revolution.
And because of this, Charlotte Flair has already established herself as the GOAT of Women’s Wrestling. And if her career is this good already, I can’t wait to see how she ends up when she finally takes her rightful place in the Hall of Fame.
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