NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte, Summer Rae and Sasha Banks have been making life miserable for the rest of the NXT Divas since they joined forces. Still, although the self-proclaimed BFFs took delight in antagonizing beauties like Paige and Emma, the mean girls’ burn book has been a little light on content since their foes made it to the main roster. It only made sense that the BFFs would set their sights on the biggest threats to their dominance — each other.
Charlotte defends her championship against Summer tonight on NXT, but the explosion of the Beautiful Fierce Females has been brewing since Summer Rae returned to NXT two months ago after a long absence, much to the surprise of Charlotte and Banks. Back after filming the hit reality show “Total Divas” and starring in “The Marine 4,” Summer received a less than warm welcome from her BFFs.
“I was very surprised at their reaction,” Summer explained to WWE.com. “All I did was make them the Superstars they are today. They should be thanking me. They should have thrown me a ‘welcome back’ party.”
While Summer thought she deserved bigger fanfare upon her return, Charlotte and Sasha Banks saw things quite differently.
“I felt like I was seeing a ghost,” Banks said. “Here was Summer, who left with empty promises and unfulfilled obligations to the group, and she expected me to accept her return as if nothing had happened?”
“It was like, ‘How dare you?’” Charlotte agreed. “A lot had changed since she’d been gone.” Continue reading What led to the implosion of The BFFs?
Natalya and Charlotte have reached the finals of the NXT Women’s Championship Tournament, the dual third-generation and second-generation Divas from two famous wrestling families with parallel tracks about to converge. WWE.com talked to both Divas to gather their thoughts on a variety of topics in preparation for NXT Takeover.
WWE.COM: Both of you will be renewing the Flair vs. Hart rivalry at NXT Takeover. What does this mean to you?
NATALYA: My uncle Bret Hart beat Ric Flair in 1992 for the WWE Championship. It was a live event in Saskatoon and it was very much a passing of a torch in many ways because that’s when my Uncle Bret first became the World Champion. Everything changed for him and he was now a power player, thanks in part to Ric Flair elevating him in such a huge way. Now they’re passing on their torches to us, the first females to represent our respective family legacies. We have to both hold that torch high.
CHARLOTTE: It means everything thus far in my career. I have always idolized Natalya. She is someone who I can relate to on numerous levels. …. Natalya has mastered her craft and when I first came to NXT, she was the Diva I looked up to. Yes, renewing the rivalry is a big deal, but I will prove to her that I am not only a Flair, but I am genetically superior. I will earn her respect when I walk away with the NXT Women’s Title.
WWE.COM: What kind of advice have you gotten from your respective families as you prepare for your match at NXT Takeover?
NATALYA: The best advice I’ve gotten from my dad [Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart] is to go in with nothing but confidence because I’ve worked so hard for such a special moment like this. This best advice I’ve gotten from Bret is “do what brought you to the dance, and wrestle your heart out.” And wrestling with all of my heart is why I’m here. The ring is my home.
CHARLOTTE: My dad knows I have studied his career and he is a firm believer that preparation is the key to success. If I ask for advice he will answer back, “have you prepared for this match?” He means have I trained, eaten right, slept and paid close attention to my strengths and weaknesses? He’s always been like that. My dad knows the pressure I have put on myself. Continue reading Natalya and Charlotte talk NXT Takeover
“My favorite WrestleMania moment is from WrestleMania XXIV in Orlando in 2008 when my dad (Ric Flair) faced Shawn Michaels. I was able to sit front row with my three other siblings and watch my dad wrestle for the last time in his career with WWE. To sit and watch over 82,000 people stand and applaud someone who gave their entire life to this industry is a surreal moment. I know it was the proudest and hardest moment of my dad’s life, and everyone in that stadium could feel and share the same emotion with our family.” — Charlotte
When Summer Rae first approached Sasha Banks about forming a partnership on WWE NXT, observers quickly assumed that she was simply using her influence to brainwash the young NXT Diva. Christening themselves The BFFs (Beautiful Fierce Females), Summer and Sasha have now added a third piece to their cunning connection: Charlotte.
“Charlotte fits what Sasha and I are trying to accomplish,” Summer told WWE.com. “She deserves to be the face of NXT, just as much as we do.”
Even though Fandango’s leggy dance partner has already earned the television “face time” and exposure that many Superstars and Divas can only dream of, Banks has been widely praised as the future of the Divas division during her NXT career. And now there’s Charlotte, one of NXT’s most athletic Divas and daughter to one of the greatest sports-entertainers of all-time, Ric Flair.
With so much positive momentum surrounding their individual careers, many in the NXT Universe are asking: Why the need to form this power pack of femininity? Continue reading Summer Rae, Sasha Banks & Charlotte: BFFs wronged by the system?