Last week when WWE put WrestleMania tickets on sale in New Orleans, there was a lot more fanfare than just a general announcement and publishing a link to buy tickets. There was a ring set up in the SuperDome and a handful of Superstars in attendance to talk to the media.
We managed to snag some time with the Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte who was carrying the belt, but did not do that cartwheel flip as she approached the table where I had the microphone set up.
WITH SPANDEX: How are you doing? Welcome to New Orleans!
Charlotte Flair: Thank you. I got here yesterday afternoon and had media all morning. Now I’m here. It’s crazy to think that four years ago I was in Triple H’s entrance —
I was about to ask.
Yeah, and coming back and being a part of Mania again but as a talent, it’s … you never who where life’s gonna take you, basically.
You were a … What would you say? You were a featured extra. Right?
Triple H was basically like, I wanna take some NXT talent and reward them, I think, and make them a part of his entrance. It was me, Sasha Banks, Alexa Bliss. Here we are four years later, and especially Alexa Bliss, going into Survivor Series this weekend. But then me and Sasha, we had all these epic moments last year, and then to be back four years later …
I know then, when we were in Gorilla [position], I was like “oh my gosh, I have to walk out and I have to stand there, and I don’t know if I’m gonna be able to breathe.” I could never picture myself wrestling, so to think that … You never know where life’s gonna take you, four years later. Here, I’m hoping, that I’m main-eventing WrestleMania 34.
You look so jazzed and happy right now, it’s very infectious. I know that you got the big marquee treatment in AT&T Stadium a few years ago. I’m hoping for a Charlotte hologram on top of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. If you could have any Charlotte representation anywhere in this city, what would it be?
I like that. WrestleMania 32 kinda spoiled me because I’m walking up to AT&T Stadium, I’m like …
“That’s my head!” Triple H is the eye candy, and Roman Reigns is the eye candy. But me, Becky, and … Undertaker was on that poster too, and Shane McMahon. So to think that me, Sasha, and Becky were the featured talent on [the stadium] — it doesn’t get any bigger than that.
It’s crazy, and that was our first Mania. I think a hologram would be nice this year.
Can you give me a non-Charlotte prediction or something on your WrestleMania wishlist, as a fan of the WWE?
Honestly, for a women’s singles match. I know that WrestleMania is a day that we try to get everyone involved because it is the biggest day of the year. It’s such a family event. But I would like a women’s singles match.
Whether or not you’re in it?
Competitively, I wanna be in it, I’m not gonna lie. I would be upset if I wasn’t. But at the same time, having a singles match for the women just goes to show how much WWE has invested in the women as a whole, and how important women’s wrestling is to kids and families. To send that message out there that women can do anything they want in a male-dominated world.
Let’s say it’s you. Who is the dream opponent? We have a time machine, we’ve got some magic potions. Anyone; past, present, future. I also wanna know who on the current roster you would most like to face if we got one-on-one, last match, WrestleMania, New Orleans Super Dome.
Last match? Maybe fatal four-way, Four Horsewomen, I think that’s the main event match. I don’t really have a dream singles, I just dream of main eventing. When I think of WrestleMania, you think of so many outside celebrities and athletes getting involved. Maybe a WrestleMania moment would be Queen versus Queen, me versus Stephanie McMahon. I see storylines that could lead into WrestleMania like that, but [choosing] one person is so hard.
You know what? You could punt ’til next time. Next time I see you, I’m gonna ask and we’ll figure it out.
I really don’t know. I would love to face Becky Lynch one-on-one. I’d love to face Bayley. I’d love to face Sasha. It’s a lot of talent; it’s hard. It boils down to the right storyline.