October 30, 2016

Charlotte On Why It Was Hard Being A Babyface, Reid Flair Convincing Her To Wrestle

WWE superstar Charlotte Flair talked to ESPN.com recently to promote tonight's WWE Hell In A Cell pay-per-view.

Charlotte talked about how she started wrestling and what she finds hard as a wrestler.

Below are a couple of highlights.

On her brother convincing her to wrestle:
"I was at the WWE Hall of Fame for the Four Horsemen in Miami, and John Laurinaitis was at dinner with my family and he asked me, "Why aren't you doing this?" I told him, "I never thought about it." My little brother, Reid, was like, "Oh my god! We can do it together!" I was personal training at the time, so I thought, I'll give it a shot. I don't know how Reid convinced me. Even when I was driving to Tampa with the U-Haul packed, I thought, "What am I doing?!" I never wanted to be a wrestler. When I got there though, the wrestling -- the physical part -- was super easy. I've played sports, and I've been a tomboy my whole life. But I didn't have a goal. After my brother Reid passed away in 2013, I realized this was what I was meant to do. And I just got better."
Connecting with the fans:
"The hard part for me was not the wrestling -- it was showing emotion, telling a story and being able to connect with fans. Coming out as Ric Flair's daughter and being called athletically gifted, it's hard to say, "Hey, like me! You can relate to me!" It wasn't working, so I completely switched my character. I find it easier to pretend to be the person everyone already thinks I am versus being who I am."
You can read the full interview here.

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