Charlotte Flair is the current face of the WWE Women’s division and the next generation of women’s wrestlers keep her motivated. In a recent interview with The Mirror, Charlotte shared how newcomers such as Ronda Rousey and the next generation of NXT’s performers help her continue elevate her craft as a wrestler.
What I love about the new crop of women is that I look at them and I go ‘wow, I need to up my game,'” she said. “We continue to hire women who seem to already be polished and who have already made it outside of WWE, and whose whole goal was to get to WWE. That makes me think that I need to work that much harder because this crop of girls can take my spot. I am more excited to see what we have built now and what the women who are [coming through] have built for the future because I don’t think it is going to stop at Evolution.”
In fact the former seven time women’s champion still has a hard time considering herself a veteran in the looker room.
“It’s hard to say that I look at myself as a veteran or someone more experienced, because my career still is fairly new,” said Charlotte. “I can’t say that five years is a long time, especially when the women I came up with had experience all over the world before me What I hope to represent for [younger wrestlers] is what it takes for someone to become a WWE superstar – and that’s inside and out of the ring, because there’s so much more – it’s media, it’s Make a Wish, it’s signings and just being a role model outside of the ring.”
Yes has hard to believe it has been five years since Charlotte made her Nxt’s debut in 2013, against Bayley. Especially, since this wasn’t her dream to be in the professional wrestling business, but she decided to fulfill her brother Reid’s dream who past away in early march of 2013.
Last year I had the opportunity to speak with former 2-time WWE Women’s champion Victoria (Lisa Marie Varon) and shared a story with me that former 16-time world champion and time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair asked her along with former six-time Women’s Champion Mickie James.
“Ric asked if I could help train his daughter Charlotte along with Mickie James. I think I was the scheduled for an appearance that did not come through and to have Ric Flair call you and say train my daughter. How cool is that?” Varon told me.
Last month WWE Raw made it’s way to Dallas,Texas, and I was able to catch up with Mickie James and asked her thoughts on Ric Flair wanting her to train his daughter.
“Ric really wanted us to train Charlotte before she was in the business. The only actual training I did with her was when I went down to NXT, but she was injured at the time. So, I never actually got to see her wrestle. I was down there for like a week at the training facility. What I recall is Ric wanting Lisa and me to train Ashley (Charlotte Flair). I can confirm that Ric did express interest prior to her pursuing a career in wrestling and he wanted her to learn from who he considered the best. He has always been very kind to Lisa and me throughout our careers.” James told me.
James would also continue by giving her opinion on Flair’s progression as a performer.
“I think it is incredible, especially being that this wasn’t her dream. I think she was totally content with the life she was living at the time. I feel like Reid’s death was really the catalyst in her decision to go full force and pursue a career in wrestling after his passing. Obviously, Ric flair’s shoes are such big shoes to fill. He is considered the greatest of all time by many and certainly one of the greatest of all time, in my opinion, like Shawn Michaels, and the list goes on. I think that was certainly the catalyst for her desire to try to be the best. She recognizes that she’s going to be constantly compared to her father and she wants to be at least perceived somewhat on that same level. Obviously, she’s done well for herself thus far.”
Earlier this evening Smackdown General Manager Paige announced that Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch will be competing against each other at the All-Women Pay Per View “Evolution” and last night it was announced that Mickie James will be teaming with Alexa Bliss against Hall of Famers Trish Stratus and Lita.