Charlotte Talks About Her Goal In NXT, Ric Flair Being There For Her Debut Match And More
WWE.COM: Did your father ever suggest the possibility of you following in his footsteps?
CHARLOTTE: It was something he always said I would be phenomenal at, but not something he pushed. Dad always pushed me to pursue college sports and a degree. He said wrestling would always be there. When I finally told my dad I wanted to give it a go, he said, "OK, kid, let's get you in ring shape." I'll never forget the first day I hit the ropes with my dad and little brother. He's always believed in me, no matter what I wanted to do.
WWE.COM: Describe the experience of being able to pave your own legacy.
CHARLOTTE: I am not the same person I was a year ago because I have learned so much in WWE's developmental system. Words cannot explain what we do. It is the toughest obstacle that I have ever tackled. Not only do you have to be an athlete, but you have to be an entertainer as well. I've always been a natural performer, but being an entertainer was foreign to me. I try to incorporate some of my dad's signature moves in with mine just because it is sentimental to me. Yes, I am my own person, but I will never want to go through my career without a part of him with me.
WWE.COM: Speaking of which, your father was on hand for your debut match at NXT. What did that mean to you?
CHARLOTTE: Surreal is the only word I can think of. … My dad will be proud of me no matter how grand the stage is. Having him there was so special, but some of the most joyful moments that night were getting to introduce him to all the talent, coaches and staff that I work with. I was proud to show Dad that I was doing well in a business where he is idolized as one of the greatest of all time. The entire night was unforgettable to me. Obviously doing the "Flair Strut" at the end was pretty amazing, too!
WWE.COM: As we stand here today, what is your current goal?
CHARLOTTE: To be the next NXT Women's Champion.
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