Charlotte Flair as 16x Women’s Champion: Good Or Bad For Women’s Wrestling?
Charlotte Flair as 16x Women’s Champion: Good Or Bad For Women’s Wrestling?
Charlotte Flair…multi-time RAW and Smackdown Women’s Champion, former NXT Women’s Champion, former Divas Champion, participated in the first Women’s Hell in a Cell, first Women’s Falls Count Anywhere Match, the list of accomplishments for The Queen is a mile long. Rumor has it that WWE is considering having Charlotte emulate her father, Nature Boy Ric Flair’s illustrious 16 title reigns as champion, with the possibility of 17 total reigns before her career is over. Charlotte is currently billed as a 9-time Women’s Champion and she is arguably the best female wrestler in the world today but is it necessary for Charlotte to have 16 title reigns to establish that? Let’s break down the pros and cons.
Pros of Charlotte Flair being 16x Women’s Champion
In the short amount of time Charlotte has been a part of WWE, she has made more of an impact than veterans have in 10 years. Starting down in NXT, she was Ric Flair’s daughter. But as time went on, she began to slowly establish her own legacy. Becoming NXT Women’s Champion then eventually being brought up to the main roster with her Four Horsewomen cohorts Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks.
She then went on to defeat Nikki Bella for the Divas Championship and she went from good Charlotte to Heel Charlotte which she completely stepped out of her father’s shadow and made herself The Queen. She went onto WrestleMania and along with Sasha and Lynch, made history as Charlotte became the new RAW Women’s Champion as the newest brand split commenced.
As the years progressed, Charlotte had matches with the likes of The Bellas, Bayley, Natalya and a Rock-Austin like feud with Sasha Banks where the two traded the RAW Women’s Championship on numerous occasions and was involved in all those historic first time ever matches. Then Flair was “drafted” to Smackdown Live where she was involved in the first two Women’s Money In The Bank Ladder matches and eventually became Smackdown Women’s Champion.
At WrestleMania 34, Charlotte made history again by pinning the undefeated Asuka to retain the Smackdown Women’s Championship. She went on to feud with Carmella over the Smackdown Women’s Championship and after Summerslam, feuded with her former best friend, the woman now known as The Man Becky Lynch. They had such an intense rivalry battling from PPV to PPV and in the heat of it all, entangled Ronda Rousey into their feud.
Lynch was due to face Rousey in a Champion vs Champion match at Survivor Series but due to an unfortunate incident with Nia Jax, Lynch was taken out of the match due to a concussion and Flair was put in. After the match Flair viciously attacked Rousey which caused Rousey the next month to screw not only Lynch but Flair as well and helped Asuka win the Smackdown Women’s Championship in the first Women’s TLC Triple Threat Match. Charlotte then went on to be in the 2nd Women’s Royal Rumble and continued her feud with Lynch and Rousey.
Which led to Lynch, Flair and Rousey making history as the first women’s match to headline a WrestleMania as the three main evented in a Winner Takes All match for Rousey’s RAW Women’s Championship and Charlotte’s newly won Smackdown Women’s Championship. Her 3rd Smackdown Women’s Championship that she won from Asuka just a week before WrestleMania. Lynch won the match and became double champion.
Fast forward to the present day and at Money In The Bank, Charlotte won the Smackdown Women’s Championship for a 4th time by pinning Lynch after Lynch had a RAW Women’s Championship defense against Lacey Evans. Then Bayley went on to cash in her newly won Money In The Bank briefcase on Flair after the match to win the championship.
That notwithstanding, Charlotte is a 9x time champion. She is clearly on her way to be that woman to be a 16-time Women’s Champion to establish herself as the greatest women’s wrestler of all time. And why shouldn’t she be?
I said before, Charlotte has been in so many firsts in WWE and has been a trailblazer in women’s wrestling for the last 5, 6 years. Her athleticism has only increased since her days in NXT, she has become a box office attraction for WWE and her popularity has skyrocketed. She is the John Cena of the women’s division right now. Currently no one but Charlotte has won as many titles in WWE or any other promotion to my knowledge.
Making Charlotte a 16 or even 17-time Women’s Champion would unquestionably make her the greatest women’s wrestler of all time and she deserves it. She has worked so hard to establish herself as Charlotte Flair and not just Ric Flair’s daughter. Charlotte has been and can continue to be the flagship, the leader of the women’s division for years to come. It would make her a bonafide Hall of Famer and probably will outshine the careers of male counterparts that are already in the Hall of Fame that have fewer accomplishments than she would. If her legacy isn’t defined right now, after 7 more title reigns, her legacy will be legendary.
Cons of Charlotte Flair being 16x Women’s Champion
As stated before, Charlotte has been around for years, won many championships but giving Charlotte 16 title reigns is unnecessary. Let’s start with her legacy. If she were to retire tomorrow, Charlotte would be a first ballot Hall of Famer just based on what she’s already done. Giving her more reigns is pointless. Let’s be realistic. There is no one women in all of WWE, main roster and both NXT brands, that will ever accomplish what Charlotte has already. Just look at the current main roster. Alexa Bliss has 3 or 4 title reigns, Mickie James is a 5-time Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch is a 4-time Women’s Champion, Sasha Banks is a 5-time Women’s Champion, the list goes on and on and still no one will beat Flair’s reigns count.
Not to mention, WWE and Vince McMahon already see her as the cash cow of the women’s division. They make money off of her popularity. Her merchandise are instant sellers and she’s even in mainstream notoriety right now. I mean Charlotte was put into the dream match of Becky Lynch vs Ronda Rousey because she is Charlotte Flair. She’s the main attraction no matter what the WWE trie to portray.
The fact that she is constantly put in championship matches when the company has so many other women shows that WWE puts her in the top of their priorities. Giving her 16 reigns is absolute overkill. People went from loving to hating John Cena because he was shoved down the fans’ throats with countless matches and storylines every year and never taking a backseat to anyone.
Charlotte isn’t taking a backseat either. She may call herself The Queen, but I believe if you asked her, she would tell you that she is the best women’s wrestler in the world. She should be putting over younger talent that’s on the rise but unfortunately, she’s constantly in the main event spotlight which leaves the rest of the roster in the dust.
I am in no way blaming Charlotte for WWE’s booking of her but giving her 16 reigns would make her the most vilified women’s wrestler ever because people will throw out the same excuses of her father helping her get to this point and being handed everything. By doing this, women’s wrestling will once again be mocked and capitulated for being not important wrestling. It will be looked at as a joke and after the Women’s Revolution and the Women’s Evolution, it’s not something you want in the wrestling business anymore.
If WWE is smart, this doesn’t need to happen. Obviously, Charlotte is FAR from done in the ring but don’t make her the female Ric Flair. Stop focusing on making her the female Ric Flair, make her Charlotte Flair, one of, if not the best women’s wrestler in wrestling history. Time will tell.
By J.D. Phillips