Monday’s episode of Raw once again proved something we’ve said for month: Charlotte continues to develop into an outstanding heel.
During her one-on-one interview with WWE Hall of Famer Lita, the former Women’s Champion delivered another outstanding promo. Charlotte did everything you could have asked of her. She displayed arrogance and entitlement, sold the importance of the match and managed to make herself look strong in the process.
Her answers came off as genuine, as if she honestly believes all the things she’s saying out of character. And at this point, it would be hard to argue that she isn’t.
The second-generation Flair has come a long way since her NXT debut. Back then, the developmental program took a former collegiate athlete with a wrestling pedigree and hoped to tap into her potential.
Eventually, she became one of NXT’s top female workers. But after being promoted to the main roster, she was once again relegated to being Ric Flair’s genetically superior daughter.
For the first few months of the “Divas Revolution,” much of Charlotte’s persona involved anything related to her father. Either she was “Wooing” nonstop or announcers would remind fans numerous times that she was Flair’s daughter.
But that’s just during her early smiling babyface run. Eventually, Flair joined his daughter as her manager when the duo turned heel shortly after Charlotte’s initial Divas Championship run. Though she began to develop into a dastardly villain on her own merit, much of the act still revolved around the elder Flair using cheating tactics to help his daughter win.
But steadily, Charlotte began to grow into her own character. Sure, her gimmick is still heavily inspired by her father’s legacy be it the entrance robe, theme song or modified Figure Four. But at least now she’s doing her own thing successfully.
With so much emphasis on the growing women’s division, Charlotte deserves credit for being the biggest heel character in the company. She’s one of the few women capable of gaining legitimate heat, as proven at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn II. When über babyface hugged Charlotte, the entire crowd booed, even if she as technically out of character at the time.
Specifically, her promos are lightyears ahead of where they were a year ago. At this point, Charlotte was still working as a bland babyface with no real backstory other than being Flair’s daughter and an NXT standout. Over the next few months, she began cutting solid heel promos and building entertaining angles with Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks.
But now she’s consistently shining as a natural heel character. Charlotte is one of the best examples of WWE’s developmental program taking untapped potential and creating a bonafide Superstar.
Hell in a Cell will be a huge moment in the history of women’s wrestling. Charlotte and Banks will compete in the first all-female Hell in a Cell match and do so in the main event a pay-per-view.
Banks has long garnered credit from smarks and internet fans for being the total package since dominating NXT’s women’s division. But Charlotte also deserves that same recognition now that her mic skills are on par with her outstanding athleticism.
WWE hasn’t just hot-shotted a second-generation Superstar to the top of its division, rather created a legitimate Superstar and showcased her development on national television. At this point, its hard to argue against Charlotte being an all-time great even if she hasn’t reached her ceiling just yet.