NXT Women's Champion Tiffany Stratton recently opened up about the profound impact Charlotte Flair has had on her journey as a professional wrestler. Stratton, who initially made a name for herself as a gymnast and a member of the US national team in 2016, joined WWE's developmental brand, NXT, where she showcased her exceptional athleticism and secured impressive victories over formidable opponents such as Indi Hartwell, Thea Hail, and Katana Chance.
Her remarkable run culminated in the finals of the NXT Women's Championship Tournament, where she triumphed over Lyra Valkyria to capture the highly coveted title.
Stratton's SmackDown Discovery: Flair's Impact Unveiled
During a recent appearance on the Out of Character podcast with Ryan Satin, Tiffany Stratton revealed that her fascination with Charlotte Flair began when she stumbled upon an episode of SmackDown.
Instantly captivated, the NXT Women's Champion identified with Flair's charismatic persona, recognizing shared qualities as an outspoken blonde who possessed a combination of physical prowess and the ability to deliver scathing promos.
In her own words, Stratton expressed, "I was flipping through the channels. I came across a random Friday Night Smackdown, and I saw Charlotte Flair. I saw that she was blonde, she was buff, she could flip, she could talk some crap, and I was like, that is literally everything that I can do." (H/T Wrestlingnews.co) In an intriguing turn of events, Charlotte Flair has recently made a triumphant return to the WWE scene.
On the June 16, 2023, episode of SmackDown, Flair reemerged just moments after Asuka was presented with the newly minted WWE Women's Championship. Asserting her presence, The Queen wasted no time in proclaiming her intention to challenge The Empress of Tomorrow and reclaim the coveted title.
The stage is now set for a highly anticipated showdown between these two exceptional competitors on the upcoming episode of SmackDown. The fate of the championship hangs in the balance as Flair and Asuka prepare to go head-to-head, with former champion Bianca Belair barred from ringside during the match, adding an extra layer of suspense and intrigue to the proceedings.