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Charlotte Flair

Charlotte Flair

Real name: Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr
Born: April 5, 1986
Height: 5’10”
Spouse: Manuel Alfonso Andrade Oropeza who is currently going by the ring name Andrade El Idolo. Charlotte was previously married to wrestler Thom Latimer (Bram), as well as her first husband Riki Johnson. She is the daughter of professional wrestler Ric Flair.

Accomplishments

Major Titles held

6 Time WWE RAW Women’s Champion
6 Time WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion
1 Time WWE Divas Champion
1 Time WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion with Asuka
1 Time NXT Women’s Champion
Headlined 4 WWE PPVs including 1 WrestleMania
2020 Women’s Royal Rumble winner

Life Before Wrestling:

Charlotte won two State Championships while playing volleyball in college. She graduated from North Carolina State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in public relations in 2008. Charlotte’s younger brother Reid had a life-long dream of becoming a professional wrestler. Charlotte had no interest in being one while growing up. Reid trained and had some matches, but his career ended early when he died of an overdose. Charlotte decided that she was going to become a wrestler in honor of Reid.

2012: Charlotte Flair signs WWE developmental deal

Charlotte signed a developmental deal with WWE in 2012 and trained at The Performance Center in 2012-2013.

2014: Charlotte Flair debuts in WWE NXT, wins NXT Women's Title

After just over a year of training, Charlotte debuted in NXT as a heel and defeated Bayley in her first match on TV. After the very first NXT Women’s Champion Paige got called up to RAW, a tournament was held for the vacant title. Charlotte defeated Natayla to win the vacant championship on the very first NXT Takeover Special on May 29, 2014. Ric Flair was in Charlotte’s corner while Bret Hart was in Natalya’s corner. Behind the scenes, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Bayley became close friends, and together, they nicknamed themselves “The Four Horsewomen”. Charlotte would go on to successfully defend the title at the next two TakeOvers, first in September against Bayley, and then in December against Sasha Banks.

2015: Charlotte Flair debuts on WWE main roster

Charlotte’s eight-month NXT title reign came to an end when Sasha Banks won the title in a Fatal 4-Way that also involved Bayley and Becky Lynch. It was becoming very clear that the women in NXT were outperforming the females on the main roster. Fans started petitioning WWE with the hashtag #GiveDivasAChance. On July 13, 2015, Stephanie McMahon told the live RAW audience that WWE has heard what they have said about having a more serious women’s division. She then introduced that Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks were all signed to RAW. It was the end of the Diva’s era and Stephanie McMahon proclaimed that this was the start of the Women’s Revolution in WWE. Charlotte’s first WWE PPV match was at Battleground in which she defeated Sasha Banks and Brie Bella in a triple threat match. Charlotte won her first WWE Divas Championship at Night of Champions by defeating Nikki Bella. Charlotte continued to successfully defend her title for the rest of the year on the remaining PPVs against Paige.

2016: Charlotte Flair feud with Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, turn on Ric Flair, Women's Title run

Charlotte continued her winning ways by defeating Becky Lynch at Royal Rumble with outside interference from Ric Flair. Charlotte would then defeat Natalya at Roadblock. At WrestleMania, Charlotte defeated Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks in a triple threat match. It was at this event that the Divas title was renamed the WWE Women’s Championship. Charlotte started being accompanied to the ring by Ric Flair and would spend the next three months defending her title in a feud with Natalya. Charlotte eventually turned on Ric and said she doesn’t need him in her corner any longer. On the July 25th episode of RAW, Flair lost the title to Sasha Banks, but regained it from her at SummerSlam. Charlotte again lost the title to Banks on October 3rd on RAW, but once again regained it from Banks at the first ever women’s Hell in a Cell on October 30th. Banks again defeated Charlotte for the title on the November 28th episode of RAW in a falls count anywhere match. In a surprise, Ric Flair came out to celebrate with Banks. At Roadblock, in December the two were matched up again for the title, this time in a 30-minute Iron Woman match. The 30 minutes ended in a 2-2 tie, so it went into overtime. Charlotte won the fifth fall and once again became champion.

2017: Charlotte Flair feud with Bayley, Natalya, babyface turn

Charlotte’s next feud was with Bayley. Charlotte was victorious over Bayley at Royal Rumble, but Bayley won the title from Charlotte on the February 13th edition of RAW. Charlotte lost in her rematch at Fastlane, and came up short in a 4-Way Elimination match at WrestleMania 33. Charlotte then got drafted to SmackDown in April. Immediately Charlotte defeated the SmackDown Women’s Champion Naomi in a non-title match. In May, Charlotte turned face when she was attacked by Natalya, Carmella, and Tamina. Natayla would retain her title over Charlotte via DQ at Hell in a Cell, however, Charlotte would go on to defeat her for the SmackDown title on the November 14 edition of SmackDown. Charlotte would close out 2017 by defeating Natayla in a Lumberjack match at Clash of Champions.

2018: Charlotte Flair breaks Asuka's undefeated streak, feud with Carmella, Becky Lynch, Ronda Rousey

Asuka had been wrestling in NXT from 2015-2017. She was not only NXT Women’s Champion, but was undefeated for a year and a half. She had to relinquish the title as the undefeated champion when she broke her collarbone. When she returned from the injury, it was announced that she would be competing on SmackDown. She came up to the main roster and remained undefeated and won the Royal Rumble. As a result, she would challenge Charlotte for the SmackDown title at WrestleMania 34. Charlotte won the match to retain her title and end Asuka’s winning streak of nearly three years. Two days later at SmackDown, Carmella attacked Charlotte and cashed in her Money in the Bank to defeat Charlotte for the title. Charlotte would regain the title from Carmella in a triple threat match that included Becky Lynch at SummerSlam. Lynch attacked Charlotte after the match and went on to win the title from her at Hell in a Cell. Lynch would go on to beat Charlotte in several rematches. Charlotte once again turned heel when she attacked Ronda Rousey with a Kendo stick at their Survivor Series match that ended in Rousey winning by DQ.

2019: SmackDown Women's Champion, Winner Takes All Match at WrestleMania 35, feud with Bayley, drafted back to Raw

Two days before WrestleMania 35, Charlotte defeated Asuka to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship. For the first time in WrestleMania history, a women’s match was scheduled to headline the show in what was billed as a Triple Threat Winner Takes All match for both Charlotte’s SmackDown title and Ronda Rousey’s RAW title that included Becky Lynch. Lynch won the match and both titles. Charlotte regained the SmackDown Women’s title from Lynch at Money in the Bank, however, Bayley cashed in her Money in the Bank immediately afterwards to take the title from Charlotte. Charlotte regained the title from Bayley at Hell in Cell, but five days later, dropped the title back to Bayley on SmackDown. In November, Charlotte was drafted back to RAW.

2020: Charlotte Flair wins Royal rumble, feud with Rhea Ripley, Nia Jax, breast implant surgery

Charlotte won the Women’s Royal Rumble. She also entered into a feud with NXT Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. This feud took place on both NXT and RAW shows. Ripley challenged Charlotte to a match at WrestleMania. Charlotte accepted the challenge and defeated Ripley for the NXT Women’s Championship. Charlotte would continue to hold the title until losing it at NXT TakeOver: In Your House in a triple threat match involving Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai when Shirai pinned Ripley to win the title. Nia Jax attacked Charlotte in July, and in storyline, put her out of action until December. Behind the scenes, Charlotte had to undergo surgery on her breast implants. She returned in December as a babyface with Asuka to defeat Nia Jax and Shayna Bazler to win the Women’s Tag Team championship.

2021: Feud with Lacey Evans (with Ric Flair), positive COVID-19 test, drafted back to SmackDown

Charlotte entered into a feud with Lacey Evans when Evans started flirting with Ric Flair. Flair started accompanying Lacey to ringside even in matches against Charlotte. This led to Charlotte losing some matches. Before the feud could continue, Lacey got pregnant in real life and the angle was dropped. Charlotte was supposed to face Asuka for the RAW Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 37, however, Charlotte tested positive for COVID-19 and was replaced by Rhea Ripley. Charlotte returned in April and interfered in the Asuka-Ripley match, once again turning heel. Charlotte was unsuccessful on the next three PPVs trying to win the title. Charlotte regained the title at Money in the Bank, only to lose it to Nikki A.S.H. who cashed in her Money in the Bank against Charlotte. Flair would once again regain the title from Nikki at SummerSlam. In October, Charlotte was once again drafted back to SmackDown. Charlotte and Becky Lynch exchanged their belts, so once again, Charlotte was SmackDown champion.

2022: Charlotte Flair wins Royal Rumble, loses Women's Title to Ronda Rousey, time off from WWE, marriage to Andrade El Idolo

Ronda Rousey won the Royal Rumble that allowed her to face Charlotte for the title at WrestleMania. Charlotte won to retain the title, but lost it to Rousey the following month at WrestleMania Backlash. Flair then took time off from WWE TV to prepare for her wedding with Andrade El Idolo. Flair and Andrade got married on Friday, May 27, 2022.

WWE Divas/RAW/SmackDown Title Defenses

Nikki Bella, Paige, Alicia Fox, Becky Lynch, Summer Rae, Natayla, Brie Bella, Sasha Banks, Dana Brooke, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Tamina, Lana, Ruby Riott, Asuka, Rhea Ripley, Nikki Ash, Nia Jax, Doudrop, Bianca Belair, Toni Storm, Naomi, Shayna Baszler, Aliyah, Ronda Rousey, Shotzi

WWE PPV Main Events

2016

WWE Hell in a Cell: WWE RAW Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair defeated Sasha Banks ( c ) to win the title in a Hell in a Cell

2018

WWE TLC: Triple Threat match for the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship: Asuka defeated Becky Lynch ( c ) and Charlotte Flair to win the title in a TLC match

2019

WWE WrestleMania 35: Triple Threat Winner Take All Match for the WWE Women’s RAW Championship and WWE Women’s SmackDown Championship: Becky Lynch defeated Ronda Rousey (WWE RAW Women’s Champion) and Charlotte Flair (WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion) to win both titles

WWE TLC: WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship: Asuka and Kairi Sane defeated Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in a TLC match

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