This Sunday at Extreme Rules, Charlotte will be defending her Women's Championship against Natalya in a submission match.
On this week's Monday Night Raw, Shane McMahon and Stephanie McMahon oversaw the contract signing between the two women superstars. Surprisingly this segment was the main event of the show. The Natalya and Charlotte feud is nowhere near good enough to have that spot on the show, but it's nice to see WWE creative give the Women's division a chance in the spotlight.
Ric Flair accompanied his daughter to the ring as usual for the signing where they found out another stipulation had been added to the match by Shane. The stipulation was that if The Nature Boy so much as goes down the ramp towards the ring at Extreme Rules, Charlotte will have to forfeit the championship.
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In slight resentment, Charlotte signed the contract, meaning the clash between her and Nattie by Nature for the Women's title will go ahead even with the prospect of her losing the championship if her father decides to make his way down to the ring on Sunday.
If The Nature Boy does decide to come down to the squared circle at Extreme Rules, this could be the end of the onscreen relationship between him and his daughter. However, no matter what happens at the pay-per-view, the Flair father and daughter duo should end soon. Here's why.
Last year, Charlotte - alongside Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch - made her debut on the WWE main roster prior to the Battleground pay-per-view. Introduced by Stephanie McMahon, they were part of what was called at the time the Divas Revolution. The main aim of this revolution was to change the perception of the Women's wrestling and direct it the division more towards the wrestling aspect.
It started off well for the current Women's Champion, as she picked up a win in her WWE pay-per-view debut at Battleground in a triple threat match against Banks and Brie Bella. Since then, the WWE has taken strides in the right direction for the Women's division, with most recently, The Nature Girl, The Boss, and Lynch battling out at WrestleMania 32 to become the first Women's Champion of the new era.
With the help of her father, Charlotte walked out of The Showcase of The Immortals with the title in hand. That's the problem. She has only been able to win matches recently when Ric Flair has interfered in the clash in some manner and it's been happening a lot lately.
While it might be perfect heel behaviour for her father to interfere and help her win, the booking of it undermines what the Women's Champion can actually do in the ring. She is a very talented performer, but the booking portrays that she can't do it on her own.
If the WWE wants to move towards women's wrestling and the division itself being taken more seriously, it needs to actually allow them to wrestle without the outcome of the match being decided by interference for the time being until the division establishes itself in the company.
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