Charlotte Flair Reveals The Real Reason Behind Her Extended WWE Absence

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At WrestleMania Backlash, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey faced off in an I Quit match for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. The bout was hellish, and while both competitors inflicted their fair share of damage, Flair eventually uttered the words of defeat after having her arm brutalized with both an armbar as both competitors were hanging from the ropes as well as an armbar with the aid of a chair.

After Ronda Rousey was crowned SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair disappeared from television under the storyline guise of suffering a broken arm during the WrestleMania Backlash bout. In real life, Flair was preparing for her wedding to AEW star Andrade El Idolo, who recently underwent surgery for a torn pectoral muscle.

The two were married at the end of May, shortly after Flair lost the I Quit match. However, The Queen didn’t return to WWE television until the December 30th episode of SmackDown, where she not only surprised the crowd in attendance but also shockingly unseated Ronda Rousey as SmackDown Women’s Champion once more.

Charlotte Flair Underwent Dental Surgery During Her Absence From WWE

As Flair’s hiatus from television grew longer and longer, fans wondered what was keeping her away from the squared circle. Her husband Andrade alluded to taking time away due to “personal reasons,” and speaking in a new interview with the New York Post, Charlotte revealed that she underwent multiple dental surgeries following her honeymoon. Her dental issues stem back to childhood but were made worse after being kicked in the face during a 2018 European tour, and she says she had no choice but to take care of the situation.

“I had to,” she said. “I didn’t have a choice but to take care of these issues.”

On the most recent episode of Raw, Flair was introduced by her Hall of Fame father Ric Flair before being confronted by Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair. The Queen has high praise for Belair, and says that a storyline between herself and the EST of WWE should never be rushed.

“It’s the two alphas and Bianca obtaining that goal that she has envisioned of beating all the Horsewomen and me being the last because she saw herself the most in me because of our [athletic] background,” Flair said. “This is definitely a storyline that I would never want rushed because there is so much competitiveness and alpha and athleticism and drive.”