WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair has commented on the absence of a story for her Survivor Series 2018 outing vs. Ronda Rousey.
In the build to Survivor Series 2018, Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey was scheduled to face SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch in a champion vs. champion match. After Lynch suffered a broken nose on the go-home episode of Raw, however, Charlotte Flair was chosen as a last-minute replacement for the pay-per-view.
Speaking on ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions, Flair revealed her thoughts on the late change to the card:
“So, three things were going through my mind: We have no build, we have no story, and yes, she was my dream opponent. And I was about to lose my ‘Mania spot because of, like, you have a promoted match, you put your next best player. So how do I go out there and remind people, ‘I’m not sitting at home and letting someone take my spot.
“That was the mentality. I was like, ‘Just show them, don’t do the stuff that you were doing; that’s not who you are. You need to ramp it up 300 gears and go out there and show them you’re not timid’.”
— WWE (@WWE) November 18, 2021
At the event, Ronda Rousey defeated Charlotte Flair by disqualification after she struck her with a kendo stick. They later faced off at WrestleMania 35 in a Triple Threat match, also involving Becky Lynch, with ‘The Man’ leaving as both the Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champion.
Four years later, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey collided once more at WrestleMania 38 and again at WrestleMania Backlash. Flair picked up the first victory, while Rousey won the SmackDown Women’s Championship in an I Quit match in the second.