Like Father, like daughter.
At some point we all knew Charlotte would find out being a heel in professional wrestling is way more profitable than being around her BFF’s. The current Divas Champion took a huge step toward walking on the dark side of the moon last Monday night when she defeated her best friend, Becky Lynch, in a singles match with her father Ric Flair and Paige looking on.
Actually, Ric Flair helped his princess secure the win in true Horseman fashion by creating a diversion, allowing Charlotte to role Lynch up for the three count. It was reminiscent of JJ Dillion diverting Tommy Young while Flair would use some illegal tactic to get a win over Magnum TA or Dusty Rhodes.
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Trust me, Charlotte as a villain is much more interesting than her playing the babyface role. How the company decides it wants to use this angle is anyone’s guess, but hopefully there might be a double turn here, where Paige gets back into the good graces of the fans at the end of all of this and Lynch challenges her former friend for the Divas title.
Oh, how sweet it was and oh how sweet it can be.
The fact is, truthfully, Flair’s history and his legacy has been defined as one of the greatest heels to ever grace a squared-circle. The notion that his daughter, who is the best talent in the company on the women’s side of the ledger, would remain a face for the foreseeable future was highly unlikely. What I do not understand is if this is an angle for Charlotte to turn heel, how does this tie into the current script of a feud with Paige? Also, will fans come back to pack and accept Paige as their newfound leader of the good side?
As Jason Powell or prowrestling.net:"As if the confusing Bella Twins and Paige characters haven't been tough enough to follow, now we have Charlotte turning heel on Lynch. I think. Honestly, I have no idea what they are doing with most of the main roster women. Turning heel would leave Lynch and Natalya as the only true babyface Divas on the main roster.
"Will this lead to a babyface turn for Sasha Banks? Are they setting things up to call up the lovable Bayley character from NXT? If it's the latter, they better not blow this. There's big money in Bayley, yet I have so little faith in WWE to present her character nearly as well on the main roster as it has been in NXT."
If this is going to work, there has to be some balance of power. If Charlotte is on the road to turning heel, then make it's so she is the one whom everyone can get behind. Her father was the master at in-ring psychology, knowing when to use the crowds, when to sell a move and when to be the “Dirtiest Player in the Game.”
Charlotte is a long way away from being as good as her father, and honestly, she will never achieve such distinction. Very few characters like Flair back in his prime could carry a bootstrap to him. Charlotte wrestles in another era where 30 to 60-minute matches are unheard of and fans sensibilities are different from an era ago.
If Charlotte’s probable change in character leads to a better grasp of the Divas Division with the fans, this is a huge win for WWE. Fans have wanted there to be some kind of definition of direction with the women in the company. Now, it may seem to have one, sans what Powell says.
It’s been an uneven road the women of the company have taken. This might be the beginning of the Divas Revolution WWE has wanted all along.