Charlotte Flair – “I Haven’t Even Hit My Prime Yet”
Charlotte Flair doesn’t feel like she’s a living legend in WWE because according to her, she hasn’t even hit her prime yet.
When it comes to championship success in the WWE women’s division, nobody is really close to Charlotte Flair. After all, Charlotte is a 14-time Women’s Champion on the WWE main roster over the last eight years (plus two more in NXT if you want to count those) and she’s heading into WrestleMania as a champion again.
If you don’t think championships are that important then that’s okay, but Charlotte certainly has had numerous “banger” matches over the years with top women in WWE like Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Asuka, Ronda Rousey, Trish Stratus and numerous others.
This past Friday on Smackdown, Charlotte Flair didn’t enjoy the “what” chants at her, but she maintained her poise to say that she built this house (the WWE women’s division) on every brick that you have thrown at her over the last seven years.
Heading into WrestleMania 39 next weekend, Charlotte Flair faces a tough test as she battles the Women’s Royal Rumble winner Rhea Ripley, who is a familiar opponent to Flair. It certainly could be the main event of WrestleMania 39 Night One on April 1st as well.
There is also a WWE A&E Biography special on Charlotte Flair that airs tonight. To help promote that and WrestleMania, Charlotte talked to CBS Sports’ Shakiel Mahjouri, who asked if she considers herself a living legend in WWE.
“No. I’m like, I feel like we’re trying to push me out. I feel like I haven’t even hit my prime yet or like I’m just starting to get there. I love saying in a promo I’m a living legend. When I think of legend, I’m like, Undertaker’s career, like the status he’s at. It means retired and drinking pina coladas on the beach somewhere in Tulum.”
As she continued, Charlotte spoke about enjoying her role in wrestling now, especially in her current babyface role.
“When I literally go perform now, it’s for the fans. It’s not what I feel like I need to prove. I’m just being Charlotte. Whether that’s good, bad, whether you like me, don’t like me, whether you just respect me, I’m here for them.”
“Now I’m getting that opportunity to high five every single kid in the front row and not focus on being old school and walking into the arena as the bad guy and leaving as the bad guy. It’s been extremely rewarding.”
At 36 years old, Charlotte Flair certainly could be right about not hitting her prime because many current stars – male and female – compete well into their 40s these days. If she does keep competing at a high level, there’s no telling how many more championships she could win.