We now know why Charlotte Flair did not appear on this week’s SmackDown Live.
WWE held the show in North Little Rock, AR at the Verizon Arena and the former Raw Women’s Champion did not make an appearance on the show. Rather, WWE had her do a backstage interview that was posted on WWE’s social media and YouTube accounts. This led to speculation as to why the sports entertainment company did not use the second generation star on the show.
For a bit of a backstory on this Superstar, Flair has not been on WWE television since her father was hospitalized. WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair underwent surgery last month and was placed into medically induced coma. Flair flew into Atlanta to be by her father’s side.
She did not appear at the Summerslam PPV (pay-per-view) in Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. She was scheduled to make several appearances later this week as part of SummerSlam week to promote the upcoming event. However, she had to pull out of those appearances.
As a result of being by her father’s side during this difficult time, she has not been seen on SmackDown Live for the last few weeks. What’s interesting is the fact that the former Raw Women’s Champion recently announced that she will be returning to live events starting last weekend.
Flair has taken the WWE by storm since being called up to the main roster in 2015 during the Women’s Revolution storyline. She has won championships both in NXT and on the main roster. Flair is still trying to find herself while competing on the blue brand as a babyface. For the majority of her career, she has worked as a heel. However, when WWE decided to trade her to SmackDown Live earlier this year during the Superstar Shakeup, they turned her to a babyface.
Dave Meltzer has provided an update on Flair’s WWE status during Thursday’s edition of Wrestling Observer Live. He noted that although she was backstage at SmackDown Live, WWE officials decided not to use her.
As for the reason the sports entertainment company did not have her appear or even work a match on the show is due to the fact that she is not currently involved in any storylines on television. Meltzer added that Flair would return to television in the next couple of weeks.
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