Real Name: Ashley Fliehr Ring Name: Charlotte Birthday: April 5, 1986 Height: 5’10” Hometown: Charlotte, NC Debut:. 2012
She may not fly jets or ride limousines, but Charlotte — daughter of 16-time World Champion Ric Flair — may be destined for greatness. A latecomer to the industry her father helped revolutionize, Charlotte has kickstarted her entrance into her father’s profession and made a name for herself in NXT in very short order.
Displaying a level of athleticism that few divas in history can match, Charlotte has captured the attention of the NXT Universe in short order. With her father watching on, Charlotte defeated Natalya at NXT Takeover to win an eight-Diva tournament and become the new NXT Women’s Champion! More?
Natalya and Becky start out. Becky manages to hold pace with Nattie and the crowd is evenly divided with their chants. Natalya rolls her opponent up for a near fall. They battle by the ropes and Nattie peppers becky with punches until Lynch bails. There’s a scrum outside the ring and everyone gets back inside. Charlotte comes in briefly and then Nattie comes back in. Becky gets a tag and Nattie gets all over Sasha until The Boss mounts a decent comeback. Charlotte gets tagged in and the women battle back and forth. Becky provides a momentary distraction and Sasha manages to roll Charlotte up for the pin, grabbing a handful of tights until the ref counts three.
Who had the best 2014? It’s a simple question, really, but how do you quantify what makes a Superstar or Diva’s year the best? Certainly, title wins and five-star matches are a good start. Memorable moments and game-changing victories should also be taken into consideration. Still, at the end of the day, this is a rather subjective debate, but one that is definitely worth having. WWE.com’s editors take their picks and make their arguments for which member of the WWE roster had the greatest year.
From newbie NXT Diva to NXT Women’s Champion, Charlotte’s WWE career skyrocketed in 2014. After besting Emma and Alexa Bliss in the NXT Women’s Championship Tournament, the daughter of 16-time World Champion Ric Flair defeated Hart family Diva Natalya for the NXT Women’s Title at NXT TakeOver in one of the most memorable and competitive Divas matches of all time. Since her victory in May, Charlotte has defended the NXT Women’s Championship against her former BFFs, Summer Rae and Sasha Banks, as well as Bayley.
Who will dare to challenge this self-proclaimed “genetically superior athlete” in 2015? The future looks bright for NXT’s most dominant and charismatic Diva. It’s surely only a matter of time before Charlotte shakes things up in WWE’s Divas division. – KARA MEDALIS
Devin Taylor is in the ring and introduces NXT Women’s Champion, Charlotte. Devin says that Charlotte has defeated every Diva at NXT, and asks what is left for her to do. Charlotte tells the crowd that no one chants when the most Genetically Superior Diva is talking. Charlotte says that NXT is her home and NXT is revolutionizing women’s wrestling. She goes on to say that Sasha Banks is the toughest Diva she has faced, but she’s beaten her twice, which brings out The Boss, alongside Becky Lynch.
Sasha says that Charlotte has beaten her twice, but it doesn’t matter because she is now going to get the beatdown of her life. Sasha and Becky surround the ring, but Natalya hits the ring to become the equalizer. Sasha and Becky back down and exit the ringside area as Charlotte and Natalya hug. Sasha says that this happens when they’re ready.
Lots of back and forth to start. Charlotte counters and drops Sasha with a big chop to a pop from Flair Country. Charlotte with a 2 count. Sasha comes back and takes Charlotte to the corner for the knees drop and a pin attempt. Sasha with boots to the face in the corner now. Sasha mocks Ric Flair’s strut and smacks Charlotte for a 2 count. Charlotte finally turns it around. She goes for a moonsault but has to land on her feet. Charlotte drops on Charlotte for a close 2 count in the corner. Sasha drops Charlotte into the turnbuckle and hits a neckbreaker for a 2 count. Charlotte comes back again and slams Sasha on her face. Charlotte with her Natural Selection finisher for the win.
#6 Natalya vs. Charlotte — NXT Women’s Championship Match (NXT TakeOver)
Was 2014 the year we stopped grading women’s matches on a curve? The ignorant responded to even the best Divas bouts with dismissive compliments like, “That was good — for girls.” Then Charlotte and Natalya put on a wrestling clinic at NXT TakeOver and now the whole dynamic has changed.
A lot has been written about their bout for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship since it happened in May, but what’s too often missed is how amazing both women looked after it was done. Natalya — a competitor who’s all too rarely given the opportunity to show what she’s capable of — was immaculate on the mat and gracious in defeat. And Charlotte? Who else besides Beethoven and Tiger Woods has been as gifted at something as quickly as the second-generation Diva? Two years into her career and she’s already been part of perhaps the best Divas match ever.
Still, the most telling part of the bout’s greatness may be in the fact that WWE Hall of Famers Bret Hart and Ric Flair were at ringside to add to the gravity of the contest. However, by the time the match hit its stride, you forgot they were even there. — RYAN MURPHY
NXT Women’s Championship Match
Charlotte w/Ric Flair vs. Sasha Banks w/Becky Lynch
Sasha pushes Charlotte as the bell rings and they exchange punches. Charlotte takes Sasha to the mat and she hits a few knee drops to the leg. Sasha with elbows but Charlotte with a spinebuster and then she drops down on the knee one more time. Charlotte wrings Sasha’s leg into the ring post. Charlotte takes too long and Sasha pulls Charlotte into the ring post.
We are back and Sasha with a forearm to the back and then she sends Charlotte into the turnbuckles. Sasha puts Charlotte in the ropes and connects with shots to the back while Charlotte’s leg hangs in the ropes. Sasha with a near fall. Sasha with a rear chin lock as Sasha talks to Ric Flair at ringside. Sasha with a knee in the back as she holds on to the chin lock. Charlotte gets back to her feet but Sasha with an Irish whip. Charlotte gets her boot up but Sasha continues with the attack and she puts Charlotte on the middle rope and hits a double knee drop for a near fall. Sasha with a Japanese stranglehold and she drives her knees into Charlotte’s back.
Charlotte gets Sasha on her back and hits a running backpack stunner and both women are down. Sasha misses a clothesline and Charlotte with chops and she tries for a suplex but Sasha lands on her feet. Charlotte with a neck breaker and then she goes for a knee drop but Sasha rolls out of the way. Sasha with a backslide for a near fall. Sasha with a cross arm neck breaker for a near fall. Sasha with a lungblower and she floats through into the Bank Statement but Charlotte is able to grab the ropes to force Sasha to release the hold. Charlotte rolls to the floor. Sasha goes for a suicide dive but Charlotte with a forearm that stops her. Charlotte goes up top but Sasha with a forearm and she sets for a superplex. Sasha hits the superplex and then she rolls over but Charlotte kicks out at two. Sasha with a punch and forearms. Charlotte with a wheelbarrow front driver. Sasha with an inside cradle for a near fall. Charlotte with a figure four leg lock and she adds a bridge to force Sasha to tap out.
NXT Women’s Championship
Charlotte vs. Sasha Banks
Banks chops Charlotte in the corner, then Charlotte chops her back a few times and kicks her before Banks rolls outside. Charlotte follows and throws her back in, but Banks kicks her in the head and taunts the crowd. Banks hits a running shoulder slam in the corner, then she knees her in the stomach and punches Charlotte in the back. Banks snapmares her and mocks Charlotte with a Ric Flair strut, then Charlotte blocks a slap and punches her before Banks hits Bankrupt for two. Banks applies a Figure Four headlock and slams Charlotte’s head into the mat, then Charlotte catches her with some forearm smashes and a few chops. Charlotte goes for a suplex but Banks reverses, so Charlotte follows with a neckbreaker and screams at Banks to get back up. She charges at Banks but Banks sidesteps her and shoves her outside, then hits a suicide dive before rolling Charlotte back in to get a near fall.
Banks knees her in the face and connects with a drop toe hold into the turnbuckles, then she calls for the Bank Statement but Charlotte blocks it. Charlotte goes for a Figure Four but Sasha blocks and slams her down on the mat. Banks gets a few quick near falls and punches the mat out of frustration, then Charlotte hits a reverse slam and stomps her before heading up top. Charlotte misses a moonsault but lands on her feet when Banks rolls away, and she immediately hits a somersault senton and follows with a crucifix powerbomb attempt. Banks floats over and slams her headfirst into the turnbuckles, then she sets up on the top rope but Charlotte slams her down and follows with Natural Selection off the ropes to retain.
Jason Albert: That’s a tough one for me. Sasha claims that she taught Charlotte everything Charlotte knows. But has she taught her everything Sasha knows? I have doubted Sasha in the past, but then you see her with someone like Becky Lynch, and what she’s done for her, and you start to think maybe she did create Charlotte. I’m going to go with Sasha Banks. WINNER: Sasha Banks
Sara Amato: Sasha has a real mean streak, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she takes it, but of all the girls I’ve ever been in the ring with, Charlotte has a focus, determination and dedication that true champions have. I’m going with Charlotte. WINNER: Charlotte
Norman Smiley: I have the pleasure, at times, of working with the Divas, and in my opinion, Charlotte is one of the best athletes that we have in NXT, so I’m going to have to give the edge, physically and strength-wise, to her. However, Sasha is The Boss. She’s going to do whatever she can do, however, wherever, whenever, to pounce and become the NXT Women’s Champion. If I had to pick one, I’m going with the champion, Charlotte. WINNER: Charlotte
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