When it comes to women’s wrestling, this is #Charlotte’s world and we’re all just living in it.
Not since Kurt Angle have I seen a wrestler pick up the art as quickly as Charlotte. Rewind the clocks to a year ago, she was a completely different wrestler than who we’re seeing today. Charlotte was green, couldn’t quite connect with the crowd as a face, and felt kind of forced; she was just #RicFlair’s daughter.
When Paige turned against Charlotte, the crowd even cheered Paige for her betrayal. After their match at last year’s Survivor Series Charlotte said, “I remember the feeling when I first walked through the curtain when I wrestled Paige at [Survivor Series] in Atlanta. It really got to me -- deafening boos. Here I am, this hot-pink gear babyface.”
But something happened after Charlotte turned heel herself; everything started clicking.
Fast forward to today, where Charlotte plays the heel role perfectly. She’s no longer Ric Flair’s daughter, she’s the perfect despicable coward, capable of disposing even her dad. There is nothing you’re supposed to enjoy about Charlotte’s heel personality: she’s consistently malicious to her friends like Dana Brooke, her family and pretty much talks down to everybody. Charlotte is such a malicious character that she even gets booed in the city she’s named after.
But she does it all so flawlessly, to the point where it’s believable. Believability is something that has been missing in professional wrestling, and I find Charlotte Flair’s heel persona 100% believable.
In a recent interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Charlotte said, “I started to own my character…instead of coming out thinking, ‘Are they going to like me or not?’ I thought, 'don’t change who you are.'” You can feel that aura emanating from Charlotte as she comes down the ramp, the aura of not caring and knowing she’s the best. It doesn’t matter if she wins or loses a match, you still know she’s the queen. It doesn’t matter if she’s tapped out multiple time to Sasha Banks, you still know it.
From an in-ring standpoint, Charlotte has been top caliber in both ring psychology & ring work. Because of her size and athleticism, she’s able to do things other female wrestlers can’t. She can hit the ropes like the best of them, and can even do this:
But, that’s not what makes her in-ring work so great. It’s the story telling. She finds the right things to say at the right time to make matches more emotional and dramatic. I’ll always remember her famous line to Sasha during their RAW championship match where Charlotte said “you will never beat me. Ever.” I can’t 100% remember their match anymore, but what I can 100% remember is that line and this face.
If there’s one big concern, it would be if Charlotte could still be this great as a face. But right now, as a heel, nobody can touch her.
I hear what you’re saying, “What about Sasha, Becky or Bayley?” They’ll just have to bow down to the Queen.