Charlotte Flair is out of action and while that might come as a blow to WWE, Bianca Belair says it opens up an opportunity, especially with WrestleMania on the horizon.
Charlotte Flair will be out of the WWE ring for nine months after she suffered a serious knee injury during her match with Asuka on SmackDown.
Reports have suggested that Flair has torn her ACL, MCL, and meniscus meaning that she will be forced to undergo surgery to fix the extensive issues. The timing could not be much worse for Charlotte Flair given that the Royal Rumble takes place in a matter of weeks with WrestleMania 40 following just a few months later.
Charlotte Flair Injury Offers Opportunity
Speaking on ROAR Around The Ring, Bianca Belair admits it’s a blow to everyone to lose Flair for that amount of time but says it allows someone else to step up and take advantage of the opportunity Flair’s absence will create:
It is a huge blow. Charlotte Flair has been such a vital part of our women’s roster. She’s created so much history. She’s a legend. I’m not even gonna say a legend in the making. With the accolades that she has, she’s a legend.
It’s really hard knowing that we’ve lost someone like Charlotte Flair right now for nine months. Me selfishly, we all know I’ve always looked up to Charlotte Flair, I’ve always wanted to have a dream match against her, with her, it doesn’t matter as long as I can be in the ring with her.
But it does open up an opportunity for someone else, and that’s just the way this business is. I always say, you gotta stay ready so you don’t have to get ready. You never know when your opportunity’s gonna come, whether it’s your time, whether it’s another spot that opens up. So we’ll have to see who steps up.
At the end of the day, we’re all fighting for a spot at WrestleMania. So I’m even looking for my path to WrestleMania, ‘Am I gonna be on WrestleMania this year?’ So it’s very unfortunate, but it’s a spot that’s opened up for someone to shine.
As far as who could fill that spot, Belair believes any female WWE star could do that job:
Anyone and everyone. Our roster is so deep, especially right now. I love how talented and deep our roster is. Especially on the SmackDown side, I feel like we have Michin, I feel like she’s stepping her game up. She’s coming back with a vengeance after Damage CTRL just took her out.
On the Raw side, you have Raquel. I feel like she’s been showing up and showing out lately. Zoey [Stark]. It’s just so many women that can fill that spot.
Flair’s injury could throw a spanner in the works of the ongoing storyline between Damage CTRL, herself, and Becky Lynch, whether anyone else will step in to take her spot in that storyline remains to be seen.