Charlotte Flair has responded to speculation linking her with a move away from WWE.
The Queen, Charlotte Flair signed with WWE back in 2012, making her televised singles debut a year later. Over the course of the next eight years, Flair has gone on to become the most decorated female Superstar in WWE history. She has won 12 World Titles, the now defunct Divas Championship as well as being a two-time NXT Women’s Champion and Royal Rumble winner.
However, her stay at the top of WWE’s women’s division hasn’t come without its own struggles and a certain level of controversy.
At Survivor Series, Flair was defeated by Becky Lynch as professional rivalry and personal tensions came to a head. The pair had earlier clashed backstage at an episode of SmackDown, sparking a war of words across interviews and social media. For her part, Lynch later said that the pair no longer speak. Meanwhile, during the unrest it was reported that Flair had become “increasingly difficult to work with.”
This led to increased speculation that Charlotte Flair might be heading for the WWE exit, with maybe even an eye on joining her partner Andrade El Idolo in AEW. In addition, her father Ric Flair also left WWE early in the year.
However, speaking on the The Masked Man Show, Charlotte Flair appeared to confirm that she’s here to stay in WWE, commenting that she’s come too far to leave now.
“I didn’t work this hard to just go, ‘Goodbye’,”
Flair went on to express her frustration at how her personal life and the lives of her family are covered by sections of the media. The SmackDown Women’s Champion cited one incident when Crown Jewel was taking place, an event she wasn’t scheduled to perform at.
“I saw an article [that] said I was on the way to Saudi Arabia to be in that Triple Threat [match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship between Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Bianca Belair],” Flair recalled. “I was in Mexico!”
Although she admits that she uses everything that happens in her life, both professional and personal, to make herself a better performer.
“I am supposed to be the bad guy. I know the right people understand. What I mean by ‘right people’ is – there is a character and there is a person. And if you’re level-headed, you understand that. You can separate the two. But I use everything that goes on in my daily life, whether it’s professional or personal, and it just makes me a better performer.”
Elsewhere during the conversation, Flair also revealed that she feels underappreciated, commenting that when she retires she’ll go down as the “greatest ever.”
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.