Charlotte Flair spent the majority of 2022 getting married and honeymooning with her husband. When a wrestler takes a big vacation, regardless of his character alignment prior to taking said time off, fans usually respond to their return with cheers.
Such was the case with “The Queen,” who returned to WWE just one week earlier. This is not a big surprise. that she was able to maintain that response despite doing something as controversial as instantly winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship. She almost certainly won it from Ronda Rousey, but there’s no way she could have expected to get her “Thank you, Charlotte” after one week.
However, this is exactly what happened. Her response to this was what seemed to be the kind of genuine happiness that you simply cannot fake.
See her in the post-show interview. She’s very giddy about it:
“Have you ever heard the chants of ‘Thank you Charlotte’? That’s going to take some getting used to. Just hearing it, I don’t know, makes me feel like I don’t have to be defensive. For the past two years, I’ve felt like I always had to put my armor on every time I was in The ring. Just the reception, I don’t know. It feels so good. It makes me want to smile while I’m out, and be a little less “evil queen.”
She also vowed to be a fighting champion, so maybe we should expect more TV title defenses in the future. Hi, this looks fine to me.