A top WWE star says they were blown away by the fans’ response to their recent return.
On the December 30 edition of SmackDown, Charlotte Flair made her first appearance on WWE TV since WrestleMania Backlash by confronting SmackDown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey following her win over Raquel Rodriguez.
Flair immediately challenged Rousey to a title bout right there and then. Ronda accepted and lost to Charlotte within seconds to become a 14-time world champion.
Many fans cheered Flair’s return and title victory, which is a far cry from the typical reaction of boos for “The Queen”.
Speaking on WWE’s The Bump, Charlotte discussed her return and noted that the whole scene was surreal for her. She said:
“It’s kind of surreal. I mean I was gone for eight months, and then to be back, here I am in my office, holding the title, it feels like I never left, really. I was sincerely so touched by the fan reaction on Friday.”
“I done a lot of things in my career, but to see the smiles and the cheers, and the reception that I received when I came back, I was just thinking to myself, any time I’ve ever thought negative or ‘Do I still have it,’ I know I always have it, but it was just very rewarding after this journey that I’ve had for ten years.”
“Being in the audience, which I’ve never done before, like I’ve been in the audience, but I’m usually kicking someone’s butt, but here I was holding the title in Tampa, where my career started full circle, and being back after eight months, it really made me emotional.”
After noting that she doesn’t worry about the same things she used to with her legacy in tact, Charlotte stated:
“I think after being gone for eight months, the things that I worried about before, I don’t worry about as much.”
“My legacy is cemented now, and I think moving forward, I’ve always been so serious.”
“I’m very serious about the champion, about [having] the title and progressing, and never resting or coasting or being complacent, but it let me know that everyone had appreciated what I’ve done leading up to being back after eight months. It meant a lot to me.”
When asked whether she had any nerves ahead of her return, Flair answered:
“It’s not that I was nervous. I was just enjoying the moment of the fans being excited to have me back. Seeing everyone cheer, I was just blown away. I’m usually not in that role to where everyone is just so excited to see me because I’ve never [been] away, I’ve never had a break.”
“I’ve always [been] just go, go, go, consistency, dedication, passion. I feel like because I was so consistent [with] my skill, my talent, my presence, was kind of taken for granted.”
“To come back and be in the audience and just see so many faces, and not just so many happy faces, and not just boos or having to be arrogant, just being me, I was enjoying the moment as not feeling like I had to put on my armor and be arrogant or bossy about what I’ve done. I was just literally in the moment.”
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