Talent and royal blood run in the family. Because she is the daughter of the legendary Ric Flair, widely regarded as the greatest wrestler to ever walk the earth, her name alone carries weight. Despite the challenges of being a woman in the WWE, Charlotte has won more than 12 Women’s Championship belts through dedication, hard work, and passion.
Flair has been called “the most decorated woman in sports entertainment” numerous times. The crazy thing is that Flair started wrestling when she was 27 years old, after finishing college. Being an athlete all her life helped, though. Charlotte fulfilled her late brother’s aspirations to become a professional wrestler at that time.
Now that he is performing and succeeding in front of thousands upon thousands of people, Flair finds solace in the sport. Charlotte started wrestling to help her late brother get away from his drug addiction, and now she is making him proud every day.
Flair, who was busy preparing for the SummerSlam the following weekend, was contacted by Flaunt via Zoom. Read on as we talk about her title, how she got her name, how she trained for the sport, how she met her man at WWE, her love of fashion and beauty, her goals, and more!
Why are you the sports entertainment industry’s most decorated woman?
WrestleMania was my first major event as a woman. As a woman, I have held the most world championships in WWE history. I set a new standard by becoming the first woman to host a major pay-per-view RAW Smackdown. That is positive. [Laughs] I could go on, but you get the idea.
Where did you come from as a child?
North Carolina’s Charlotte The name is derived from that. From Charlotte, North Carolina, my dad was charged. They said, “Oh, this is Ric Flair’s kid” when I started. We’ll just call her Charlotte because she won’t get very far. Actually, Charlotte is the Queen City. I asked, “Hey, can you guys say Charlotte from the Queen city, rather than Charlotte from Charlotte?” Everything worked out.
What was it like for Charlotte as a child to live there?
I was a homebody and a sportsman. Since I played volleyball in college, I never imagined doing this as a child. I competed in gymnastics, basketball, volleyball, ballet, and a little jazz, and I also participated in diving. I did everything. Until I started wrestling after college, I had always participated in group sports.
When did you decide that you wanted to carry out this action?
It wasn’t until I started that it really clicked. I attended WrestleMania in 2012 at the Hall of Fame in Miami. Because my brother wanted to be a professional wrestler, my dad was trying to steer him in the right direction. I was asked, “Hey, why aren’t you doing this?” by the agent who was with us at dinner. I was then 27 years old. I never really gave it much thought, I don’t know. At the time, all I was doing was personal training. I considered the possibility that they were saying this to inspire my brother and motivate him. Oh, you have to do it with me, my brother said. I replied, “Uh, okay.”
We reported to our development program, FCW, which is now NXT, three months later. Our area of development. When I got there, I guess I was looking for more in my life. Personal training was something I enjoyed, but I knew I was meant for more. In addition, if I take this action, I might be able to assist my brother, who is addicted to drugs. I started, but my brother passed away almost eight months later. I devoted my entire career to him after his death.
He never witnessed my wrestling. This was never something I ever imagined, which is crazy; It wasn’t mine; it was his dream. I had tried so hard to save his life, but he ultimately saved mine. I grew up wearing knee pads rather than applying makeup and being glamorous. As a result, I was able to bring that athletic side of me, which I thought wasn’t feminine at the time, to where I am today, succeeding in a male-dominated industry where gender no longer matters. Being a part of how much has changed and knowing that my brother is to blame is a very satisfying experience. You never know where your life will lead you or the reason why things might be the way they are. Who would have thought that everything I went through would lead to this, especially at the age of 27? I always tell people, “You don’t have to know everything,” but I definitely didn’t.
How was it like to start a new sport?
I was fortunate enough to grow up in Charlotte and spend the entirety of my life there. I attended North Carolina State and Appalachian State, both of which were in North Carolina. Everything about my move to Tampa, Florida, seemed so out of place. So distinct. I was afraid. I asked myself, “Am I acting appropriately? What’s going on? I don’t know if I’m a personal trainer or not. I did not know anything about the business, despite the fact that my father was well-known throughout the world for it and contributed significantly to the sector. Since I didn’t have my dad in that world, I had to learn everything from scratch because I didn’t know what I was doing. I was going through the motions of life before I started, and something told me to do this because I knew it could help my brother. I remember thinking, “Oh wow, I really do fit in” when I started wrestling. I always felt right at home here.
When did you first consider the following? Oh my goodness, this is what I was made for!
I didn’t have any expectations when I first got there. Other individuals had always desired this; They fantasized about it and had to put in a lot of effort just to get through the camp, get a tryout, and get into the school. I’m here, showing up without having tried out. People must have thought, “Of course Ric Flair’s daughter gets in,” as I’m sure they did. But I said, “Wait, give me a chance” because I had always played sports. Once we started practicing, I knew I could get everyone to respect me.
I had no intention of playing a character or performing at first. I was more thinking, “I need to make friends, I want people to respect me,” than anything else. When I had my first match on NXT, our developmental system, it really clicked, but you have to take those steps. When I won my first title, the NXT title, people began to take me seriously and put me on the map. About two years later, that’s when it really clicked. I was just training for the first year, when my brother passed away, so it really clicked. After that, I just worked harder and harder to get better every second, minute, and hour of the day.
How does training now look like?
I’m glad I don’t have to train. laughs] The ring is where I train. For example, SummerSlam is this weekend, so I’ll go to the ring alone to work on new material. One of our biggest shows of the year is this one. While WrestleMania is our Super Bowl, SummerSlam is expected to draw 55 thousand attendees to Allegiant Stadium. My current form of training consists more of going to the gym and staying in shape. It’s more of a mental exercise because it’s where I go to unwind and tune out all the noise.
How does it feel to have so many people observing and paying attention to you? Do you do well in that situation?
When I’m surrounded by lights, I do well. I’m very self-conscious outside, which is very different from when I’m wrestling. I’m performing when I do wear them. I get my energy from the people watching; Nothing compares to performing in front of a live audience. Now I understand why people in this industry never want to leave because it is thrilling to be able to control an audience’s emotions. At AT&T Stadium, I performed in front of 101 thousand people, the largest audience I’ve ever performed in front of. Nothing comes close to experiencing the rush of that crowd and controlling one’s emotions.
How does it feel to be involved in so many events this summer while also maintaining a personal life?
First, I’m glad things are getting back to normal. We run on the support of our fans. Although it was enjoyable to perform in the ThunderDome that we constructed for Monday Night RAWS and Smackdown, it was difficult to evaluate one’s performance without the feedback of a live audience. You can’t deny the power of a live audience; what you read online is what you get, but having that audience back in your mind and thinking, “Okay, I know this is how they feel….” makes a significant difference. It is, as I stated, the driving force behind our work. The fans make up the WWE universe.
My fiancé and I are two distinct businesses when it comes to my personal life. He wrestles as well. Fortunately, I wrestle every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday night in a different city. He wrestles on Wednesday and Friday after that. I basically use my suitcase as my home. I travel to his cities, my cities, and vice versa. I wouldn’t have it any other way—it’s a worldwind.
You met at the WWE. Did you fall in love right away?
Yes, it was definitely. [ laughs] Nearly two years ago, we met on a tour of Europe. He had only been in the United States for 2.5 years at the time, so I had no idea his name. He is Mexican. A few months ago, he decided to leave and work for another company. I was devastated, but it was his dream, and it was unfair to try to stop someone. “No, go, we’ll make it work,” I said. We are also.
What would be your ideal night out with Andrade?
going to a nice steakhouse and getting really dressed up. laughing] Consuming a lot of sangria and wine. SummerSlam is happening this week; however, regardless of the city we are in, we will pig out the following night at a nice restaurant. If not, we’ll do it on Netflix in our hotel room.
You claim that food is your love language. Which food is your favorite?
Mexican or sushi, it’s a strong tie. Sushi most likely, followed by Mexican. I swear I exercise just so I can eat.
Also talk about how much you enjoy fashion and beauty.
Thus, I am a huge fan of face creams. I carry four distinct beauty brands with me at all times because I travel a lot, spend a lot of time in airplanes, exercise a lot, and obviously wear makeup from television. I’m terrible at makeup, but my WWE glam team and a few people outside of WWE are my go-to people. I still have to text them and ask, “Hey, which brush do I use for foundation?” from time to time. I’m getting better, though. I’m still unable to apply eyelashes.
In terms of fashion, I place a much greater emphasis on establishing my own fashion presence. incorporating a small amount of the current fashion trend into my ring attire. My robes consume so much of my time and effort. Due to the recently released film, I came across as Cruella De Vil at two pay-per-view events. The black and white robe I was wearing was dalmatian gear. As a result, wearing a ring makes fashion more fun for me. For the past month, I’ve been developing new gear, which I can’t wait to show off.
What are our options?
The Marvel character you can think of who is the most evil.
What Marvel character is your favorite?
He is not my favorite, but Iron Man is probably my favorite. I adore Iron Man.
Which place has been your favorite? I am aware that you also enjoy traveling.
for a variety of reasons, most likely Xinjiang. That is the coolest location because the network is new to China and has the opportunity to open it for the press conference and wrestle there. I’ve been everywhere, but I’ve got some favorites. However, Xinjiang was an incredible experience.
Talk about the brand-new WWE merchandise; I adore it! When I said, “I want to bring my character to life and do queen themed merch,” I had just finished a content shoot. I ended up sending the pictures to my workplace, where we printed them on our brand-new official WWE shirts. resembles Queen of the South, whereas the other resembles the Mad Hatter. Therefore, order WWE shirts featuring Step to the Throne and Hail to the Queen!
What do you hope readers will take away from your story?
to have no apologies. to be aware that you always have the ability to alter your course in life, no matter where you are. Particularly for women, but also for men: The ones who are crazy enough to say they will do something are the ones who will. I kept repeating that no one believed that women would compete in the main event at WrestleMania. People thought I was crazy or arrogant because I said it when I did it. Take charge of something you are passionate about.
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