WWE exclusive: Charlotte Flair on the backstage atmosphere at WrestleMania 36

Charlotte Flair rewrote history at WrestleMania 36. 

The Queen beat Rhea Ripley to win the NXT Women’s Championship, seemingly signalling a return to WWE’s developmental brand. 

It was a unique moment and it came during what was a very unique WrestleMania. 

For the first time ever, the Showcase of the Immortals took place over two nights, airing from the Performance Center in Orlando, in front of no live audience. 

It was a strange situation for fans, and no doubt for performers too. 

GIVEMESPORT caught up with Charlotte following her win against Ripley, to get her thoughts on WrestleMania 36. 

GMS: “Hi Charlotte, congratulations on winning the NXT title at WrestleMania and it came in exceptional circumstances. 

“Can you give us a bit of insight into what the atmosphere was like around WrestleMania this year? How different was the buildup, the match and the feeling in the locker room?”  

Charlotte: “Everyone was trying to work together, be positive and keep everyone safe.

“I pretty much zone everybody out when it’s WrestleMania time because I’m so focused. Obviously the atmosphere was so much quieter.

“But in terms of being in the zone and focused and feeling the pressure of the match and the hype – for me, nothing was really different. 

“Obviously our production was not nearly as big as it would normally be at a stadium, so it was just a much smaller set and a much smaller crew. A smaller locker room of talent – if any – because of the precautions.

“When it comes to WrestleMania time, I am so much in the zone anyway I wouldn’t have been able to tell you where I was!

“I was just thinking of the match, how I’m going to put these emotions into the match and thinking about that. 

What was so special was watching a company pull together at such a difficult time for our fans around the world and put smiles on faces – that’s what we did and we did it for two nights.

Given Charlotte is an 11-time women’s champion in WWE, it’s no surprise that she was able to block out any distractions and perform at the highest level, despite the unique circumstances. 

Relive last weekend’s WrestleMania 36 where Drew McIntyre became the first ever British WWE World Champion, this Saturday and Sunday on BT Sport 1 at 9pm.

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