Charlotte Flair has opened up on her recent return and getting cheered by the fans.
On the December 30 edition of WWE SmackDown, Charlotte Flair made her return and immediately defeated Ronda Rousey to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship. This marked Flair’s 14th Women’s Championship with the company.
Upon her return, the fans greeted “The Queen” with cheers from the crowd in Tampa, Florida and then received even more cheers after winning the gold.
Speaking on Busted Open Radio, Charlotte explained the change she has had to make now that she’s getting cheered by the fans. She said:
“I think the key is to just let them react. I’m not thinking, ‘what can I do to make them cheer me?’ There’s no active thought, ‘I have to act this way.’ The only thing I’m really focused on is how I approach promos.”
“Maybe don’t say ’14 times’ four times. On Raw, don’t say, ‘I beat these women to get here.’ I ‘faced’ these women. Just little changes like that.”
“I’m just going to re-write history and pretend I didn’t have this and I’m just happy to be here.”
Flair continued on to address her SmackDown return and what she had to said in her promo, stating:
“When I had the opportunity to talk to the fans when I beat Ronda in that first promo back, I really did mean what I said. Consistency, passion, and dedication have always been my driving force.”
“I’ve still had all these opportunities and have done all these things, but there are still little things that can be better. There are still things that can be worked on. There is always that next big rivalry. I’m never complacent.”
“That is how I’m approaching this ‘good guy’ whatever run. It’s not bragging about what I’ve done. It’s saying, we’ve done this on my journey because of my love for being in the ring for you guys, the fans.”
“Not that corny, but even though I’ve been bad most of my career; consistency, dedication, and passion have gotten me here.”
On what she envisioned for her return, Charlotte said:
“I definitely didn’t think I was going to be champ off the bat. I knew the direction I wanted to go. It felt weird if I didn’t comeback and go after Ronda again.”
“If I just ignored her, even though we’ve been in and out of storylines the past couple of years, I needed to go back to Ronda.”
“Where I went from there, I didn’t think I was going to have the same reception every week. It almost gets better. You always get that one good ‘YAY!’ It’s been that way, even on live events. I’m committing to it.”
Transcription via Fightful
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