Charlotte Flair talks WWE

Smackdown to broadcast from BJCC Tuesday

By JAMES PHILLIPS, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 7/16/17

World Wrestling Entertainment will broadcast Smackdown Live nationally Tuesday night from the Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

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Charlotte Flair talks WWE

Smackdown to broadcast from BJCC Tuesday

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World Wrestling Entertainment will broadcast Smackdown Live nationally Tuesday night from the Legacy Arena at the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center.

Charlotte Flair, one of the headlining performers, spoke with the Daily Mountain Eagle earlier this week.

“It’s always exciting to come to Birmingham,” said Flair, the former WWE Women’s Champion. “In Alabama, you either say ‘War Eagle’ or ‘Roll Tide,’ but the WWE is something that can bring both of those fan bases together.”

Flair, the daughter of wrestling legend “Nature Boy” Ric Flair, has been a member of the WWE’s main roster since 2015. She has held the women’s title several times, and she has made history by participating in the first women’s Hell in a Cell match and the first women’s Money in the Bank ladder match.

“While I have had the opportunity to break new ground in WWE for the women’s division, it is actually a collaborative effort among all the women that has made these things possible,” Flair said. “All the women work hard to put on great matches. We are competitive, but we also respect each other.”

In recent weeks, there has been discussion of a possible Royal Rumble match for the women in the future. Flair said she thinks it will happen at some point.

“We don’t need to have that match just for the sake of having it, but if it can tell a good story, we need to do it,” she said. “I think it will happen. Will it be this next year? I’m not sure about that, but I think it will happen in the future. We have the talent to be able to do it.”

Being the daughter of a wrestling legend, it took some time before she started using her last name in the business.

“I was just Charlotte, because it takes a lot to live up to the ‘Flair’ name,” she said. “The company recently suggested that I start using the last name. I think they wanted to make sure that I could handle that responsibility before I actually started using it.”

In talking about her famous father, Flair said he has been her biggest inspiration and her biggest supporter.

“I learned so much from seeing him perform over the years. He has an incredible work ethic,” she said. “I’m honored when I hear the fans ‘woooo’ when I come to the ring, but I know they are doing that because of him. Maybe one day I will be a small reason for those chants.”

Advertised matches for the Smackdown card in Birmingham include a six-man tag team match with John Cena, A.J. Styles and Randy Orton facing off against WWE Champion Jinder Mahal, Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler, as well as a singles match between Shinsuke Nakamura and Baron Corbin. Flair said she did not know who her opponent in Birmingham would be, but she plans on getting back in the hunt for the Smackdown Women’s Championship.

“Naomi has the title, and she is a great athlete, but it is time for ‘The Queen’ to step up and become the first ever person to hold the Diva Title, the Raw Women’s Title and the Smackdown Live Women’s Title,” Flair said. “Carmella has that Money in the Bank briefcase, so you know she will have a title chance, but I need to do my best to earn a title shot.”

Flair will have that opportunity at Smackdown’s next pay-per-view event, Battleground, which will take place Sunday, July 23. At that event, she will be in a Fatal 5-Way Challenge against Tamina, Natalya, Lana and Becky Lynch with the winner to be earn a championship match at SummerSlam in August.

“I want the title. It’s that simple,” she said. “I don’t mind having to go through four other women, including my ‘Thelma and Louise’ partner Becky Lynch to make it happen.”

When asked what her dream match would be, Flair said she would love to face current NXT Women’s Champion Asuke in the near future, but said her true dream match would be against Stephanie McMahon, the daughter of wrestling mogul Vince McMahon.

“That would be the queen versus the queen,” Flair said. “That’s my dream match.”

Flair said that match could be a Wrestlemania headliner one day.

Smackdown Live will begin at 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday at Legacy Arena. Tickets are still available for the event via TicketMaster at www.ticketmaster.com.