The women of WWE have gone from strength to strength over recent years and the arrival of Ronda Rousey is only going to accelerate that, according to Charlotte Flair.
“She made such a name for herself outside of WWE — as a star and an attraction — so she brings extra eyes and I think that’s amazing. Any extra attention for us is huge,” the WWE Superstar and daughter of the legendary Ric Flair told TheWrap.
“I think she just raises everyone’s game … but I’ve said before, the easiest thing she’ll do is sign a contract. We’re on the road 265 days a year so she’ll have to earn her spot and respect — right now, it’s my ring,” the current SmackDown Women’s champion proclaimed.
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“But look what she’s done in UFC. She has the work ethic, the confidence and what it takes. It’s just a matter of learning our ways in WWE like in UFC. Coming from her background, she’s going to be just fine,” Flair added.
However, when asked if she’d ever like to tag team with the former UFC champion, Flair was quick to shoot down any speculation of a collaboration. “No, I want to face her!” she said.
As for growing might of powerful female WWE Superstars — who are no longer dubbed “Divas” — Flair believes the sky is the limit. “Our division keeps growing and getting bigger and bigger. I think every time the company gives us an opportunity, we just need to make sure we over deliver.”
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The biggest date on the WWE calendar is just around the corner as WrestleMania is set to take over New Orleans on April 8, and while Flair is automatically qualified as the current title-holder, she doesn’t know who her opponent is yet.
“I hope I am facing Asuka. All [winning] streaks are made to be broken. I think I am that woman,” she said.
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Flair recently appeared opposite Dulé Hill and James Roday in “Psych: The Movie,” so does this mean she’s going to follow in the Hollywood footsteps of fellow WWE Superstars like Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and John Cena?
“I don’t how good I’d be … I never thought that was in my future or even possible, but it was really fun. Hopefully, I can be like an action hero one day,” she said.
In the meantime, you can see Charlotte Flair on “SmackDown Live” Tuesdays on USA Network at 8/7c, while WrestleMania 34 airs live from New Orleans on April 8.