Charlotte Flair Comments on Facing Rhea Ripley, Missing WWE WrestleMania 37, Wanting to Wrestle on Shows With Men and Women, More

Here are some interview highlights from the New York Post’s recent interview with WWE’s Charlotte Flair covering a number of different topics related to her career and life.

Charlotte was asked about her rivalry with Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley, who she faces this Sunday at Hell in a Cell:

“I feel like Rhea and I are getting more of an opportunity to highlight a story versus the last time. I felt like the intention was there last time, but it never played out. This is actually getting the platform to play out and we haven’t even gone back to our prior story and what happened at WrestleMania, what happened at NXT and winning the (Royal) Rumble. We haven’t even discussed that in this storyline. I feel like there is so much stuff to pull from.”

Charlotte commented on how tough it was to miss WrestleMania this year:

“Oh man, it was really tough. But then again, it’s like when I came back, I came back in the best shape of my career. I came back wanting to even, whether it was changing my curly hair to my straight hair or having fun changing my gear and not needing to feel like, ‘OK I need it to look like this.’ Having a little more fun and wanting to be like full-blown heel, being the bad guy. Saying things people wouldn’t necessarily say, not beating around the bush and having the promo after Mania saying, (I’m) the opportunity.”

“But I think it was being taken out for COVID and not waiting for if I was going to be OK or not. And it was a perfect opportunity for Rhea. Even though it was really tough for me to miss Mania, I think missing it to come back stronger ultimately turned out to be the best thing for me, even though it was hard.”

The interviewer asked a follow up question: “So in your mind, it was the COVID waiting game that kept you out?”

Charlotte replied with: “Yes, a hundred percent. A hundred percent, yeah.”

Charlotte spoke about how she was more comfortable as a character now and doing promos:

“I’ve gotten more comfortable on the mic and I’m trying to get better with promos and I think it’s always, ‘Am I the good guy, am I a bad guy?’ Where do I fit in with this story or changing me to be the good guy with this character or a bad guy with a character? This was, ‘No, I’m just coming back full blown bad.’ There’s no question marks and that was the best way to do it.”

Charlotte was asked about recent movements with regards to WWE fans wanting another all-women’s PPV like Evolution 2018 and the NWA doing an all-women’s show led by Mickie James. Charlotte explained her position on that:

“I’ve always said this: I want to wrestle on a show with men. I want to be the best of that night, regardless man or woman. So, did I have a blast at Evolution? One hundred percent. Do I think an all-women’s show is great? Yes. Do I think that we need an all-women’s show to have that platform to highlight and showcase what we can do? No. Just go out there on a Raw or a SmackDown or NXT and show that you’re the best no matter gender. Do I think it’s great? Yes. Would it be exciting? Yes. But do I think it’s something that has to be done? No, because I want to be on a card where there are eight, nine, 10 matches with men and women and go, ‘Heh, I’m the best that night.’”

“The one thing that I did hear about was Triple H saying that WWE has the best women in the world and I saw that it might have upset some people. Do I think there is talent all over the world? Yes. But I do think wherever you are you should say you are the best? That’s like saying you’re going into a company saying, ‘Well, I don’t want to be the champion.’ Like, no, wherever you are you say you’re the best, you believe you’re the best and that’s what you go out and do every night.”

There is plenty more in the interview including Charlotte talking about how she is inspired by her fiance Andrade, her upcoming appearance on ‘WWE’s Most Wanted Treasures’ on A&E with her father Ric Flair, SummerSlam in Las Vegas and more.

Speaking of Andrade and Ric, here is Andrade suplexing Ric into a pool a few weeks ago. It was Ric’s idea, of course. Such a normal family! Haha.