Despite coming from a wrestling family, Charlotte Flair still found it difficult to approach Paul ‘Triple H’ Levesque early in her career – but her reason was extremely heartfelt.
‘The Opportunity’ joined WWE at a time when the WWE Hall of Famer was running the company’s NXT brand. Coming from an esteemed wrestling family – her father being Ric Flair, one of the most famous wrestlers EVER! – you’d think Charlotte Flair would have no issue approaching her bosses.
That wasn’t the case, though. In fact, Charlotte was scared to do so. As she divulged on ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, the second-generation performer kept her distance at first due to the relationship Triple H had with her father:
“I just wanted to make him proud. But, I also made sure, because of the relationship he had with the family, I never wanted…I was so scared to go to him, because I never wanted him to think that I expected something or expected more because of the relationship.
I wish I had actually gone to him more about matches and character work and things like that, because if anyone understands what it’s like, you know, the position he’s been in. But, I just wanted to make him proud. That’s his baby, I wanted to show that I could take care of his baby – NXT.”
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) July 27, 2021
Charlotte Flair spent three years in NXT after signing with the company in May 2012, holding the brand’s Women’s Championship for 258 days. During this time, she became recognised as one of the Four Horsewomen of WWE alongside Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Bayley.
‘The Opportunity’ is now one of WWE’s top Superstars, having held every championship she’s eligible for on the main roster to become both a Triple Crown and Grand Slam Champion. She’s been absent since WrestleMania Backlash, where her sixth SmackDown Women’s Championship ended at the hands of Ronda Rousey.
It’s unknown when, exactly, she’ll return to WWE programming, though she spoke on Broken Skull Sessions of her desire to develop a new layer and evolve before she makes a comeback.