When you hear the name Flair in wrestling, the bar suddenly climbs to the top. In the past, this could be attributed to the older Flair Ric. But these days there’s a new flair in town and it’s called Charlotte. The Queen. Mrs. WrestleMania.
While Charlotte worked to honor the legacy of flair before her, she also pioneered herself as one of the best, if not the best. While so many of their matches are memorable and stay with us long after they graduate, nothing compares to WrestleMania. Every WrestleMania moment leaves us with a different sense of amazement when Charlotte shows up.
After Charlotte had her first WrestleMania moment alongside fellow wrestlers Alexa Bliss and Sasha Banks as part of Triple H’s 2014 appearance, she would soon be stepping into a moment that two years later at WrestleMania 32 could be entirely her own.
The match marked a start into the new era of women wrestling as Charlotte entered the Diva Champion and left the new Women Champion. Charlotte came into the arena with her father by her side and had everything to prove and everything to lose. To add to the momentous occasion, Charlotte donned a robe made from material from her father’s last match. Something she’d shared with him shortly before she joined. The match was a classic fight by the current Titans for WWE women’s wrestling, and all three had a chance to take home the gold. The match itself was exhausting, intense and the women’s wrestling at its current peak. Charlotte’s Moonsault outside the ring was a moment to be remembered that defeated both challengers. At the end of that epic battle, Charlotte reigned first and ended up tapping Becky Lynch to take home the most coveted title in the women’s division. It was a wonderful WrestleMania moment.
At WrestleMania 33, Charlotte went into a fatal 4-way match as the challenger to reigning champ Bayley alongside Sasha Banks and Nia Jax.
Along with her opponents, Charlotte was the first to help eliminate Nia Jax. After Jax was eliminated, Charlotte encountered one of the night’s most memorable moves, her corkscrew moonsault. From the top ropes to the outside of the ring, she defeated both opponents with one of her most majestic moves to date. Next, Charlotte closed the horns with one of her greatest rivals, Sasha Banks, where Charlotte was able to score an elimination. With the match that came down to her and Bayley, The Queen was unable to claim victory. Although we love a victorious queen, you cannot win them all.
She may not have won a title here, but for the moments, she owned the night. Charlotte became known for two things that night, her lovely moonsault and her entrances. Her green robe and gear would become one of her most standout looks, as did the fireworks that accompanied her as she raised her arms and created a magical moment where time seemed to stand still. And we love a woman who knows how to make an appearance.
WrestleMania 34 was the high point of the moments for Charlotte.
As if the stars were aligned, everything surrounding their match was perfect. She had the perfect opponent in Asuka, the empress of tomorrow, who would bring an unbroken winning streak with her. Her appearance was a legendary full circle moment, reminiscent of her first on-screen appearance at WrestleMania. She entered a throne with golden gladiators and everyone screamed royally. In my opinion, this was her best performance so far. Even the symbolism of using NXT wrestlers as companions proved that a good story could only be told through an entrance.
The game itself had so much anticipation on both sides. Would the queen be ready for Asuka? Would Asuka be the one to shatter the Queen’s myth? Who took home the SmackDown title? In a tumultuous match lasting thirteen minutes and five seconds, Charlotte proved she was ready for Asuka by knocking her on the eight. Another great moment was witnessing the respect Asuka and Charlotte have for each other as the women shared an emotional hug at the end of the game. Both women had a phenomenal match, but there could only be one winner. The queen had her moment in the sun.
Continuing her legacy of WrestleMania appearances, Charlotte had a historic – never before – match in the form of a major event for all women – winners – all. With fellow wrestlers Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey, Charlotte would step in as the SmackDown women’s winner and win the least. But since when has it ever been important to the Queen?
When Charlotte arrived at the arena on her most dramatic mode of transport yet, a helicopter, she was wearing an equally flamboyant purple outfit specially made for the event. The tension was immense as the match began, Charlotte got engaged, and had several fantastic seats with both women. From an epic double spear to a fight against Ronda in the middle of the ring, The Queen put on a show. The fight was close, with all women doing some of their best moves, but that night went to Becky Lynch when she pinned Ronda to take home both titles.
Even without a victory, the queen earned her moment by doing what no other woman had done. Aside from the women she shared a ring with that night, she mostly had an otherwise male-dominated pay-per-view.
Charlotte led to her final WrestleMania moment and had to deal with the changes in the world. While she had a new and exciting adversary in Rhea Ripley, the rest of the world was in a global pandemic and the event would be deserted. After the climax of a Royal Rumble victory, Charlotte had a choice of which champions she wanted to challenge. However, Charlotte grew tired of the same rivalries and took the time to pick an opponent. She had put off naming her choice for WrestleMania until an opponent in the form of then-NXT Champion Rhea Ripley came to her.
While the two went back and forth that Charlotte had accepted the challenge, the decision became clear when Charlotte showed up at Rhea’s NXT Takeover Portland Match, decimating Rhea and the opponent she had just defeated. From that moment until the actual game, Rhea and Charlotte attended each other’s respective shows menacingly, adding a lot of much-needed animosity to the rivalry as these opponents had never met or shared a locker room before.
What made this particular moment one of the greatest in my opinion was the fact that these two amazing women were able to build something that was very authentic and well put together with absolutely no crowd. It was the first time in the history of Charlotte’s WrestleMania appearances that she appeared without fans. The match was amazing. Every woman brought so much intensity and hunger to the table that it was arguably one of the best games of the night, if not the best. Doing such amazing work outside of your element is not for everyone, but Rhea and Charlotte stood up to the odds. And the Queen was only the second woman after Shayna Baszler to hold the NXT title twice.
When Charlotte is mentioned, good or bad, the only thing that cannot be denied is her power. The mere mention of her name increases the conversation. Their star power seems bright enough to make every match the focus of every event. While Charlotte herself does her best for her WrestleMania matches, it can also be said that she gets the best out of her opponents. While we’re not getting that special feel of a Charlotte Flair moment this year, what comes next for her can only get better. Every year it pushes itself to new levels.
People could argue for days about who Ms. WrestleMania is. There could be so many different opinions and some would be valid. But when we run out of talent, results, and hunger, there can only be one. Just when we concluded many years ago that Shawn Michaels was Mr. WrestleMania, so can the same be said for Charlotte. The title is not just based on wins or losses. The title itself describes a person who embodies the passion, drive, magnetism that inspires and electrifies their audience at every WrestleMania for which they are present. Your moments are our moments. Your moments are your legacy. Ms. WrestleMania is and will remain a synonym for the name Charlotte Flair. She deserves it.