Charlotte Flair on ESPN listing being the daughter of Ric Flair


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Charlotte Flair on ESPN listing being the daughter of Ric Flair

In 2014, Charlotte Flair won the NXT Women's Championship and was named Rookie of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI). Flair was promoted to WWE's main roster in 2015, going on to hold the Divas Championship once, being its final holder, the Raw Women's Championship four times, of which she was the inaugural holder, and the SmackDown Women's Championship five times, making her a record ten-time women's champion on WWE's main roster.

In 2016, PWI readers voted Flair both Woman of the Year and that year's world's top female professional wrestler. Flair became the first woman to headline a WWE pay-per-view event in October 2016 (alongside Sasha Banks) and one of three women to headline WrestleMania, WWE's flagship annual event, in April 2019 (alongside Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey).

In a long interview with talkSPORT, Flair reflected on ESPN listing being the daughter of Ric Flair: “I still get bothered. Going into WrestleMania last year we were at ESPN, me, Becky [Lynch] and Ronda [Rousey] and they had both girls’ highlights and mine was like ‘Ric Flair’s daughter.’ I did the Sports Illustrated body issue—first one ever, male or female—Sports Illustrated accomplishments and that’s what you label me as? In this women’s evolution? Seriously? No, it still bothers me.

It still bothers me when I see my graphics sometimes and I see Ric Flair’s daughter as part of my graphic, what is that got to do with who I am? Yes, he’s my dad. Yes, I’m continuing his legacy. Yes, I have some of my father’s nuances, but my dad couldn’t touch me athletically."