We still don’t have a ton of clarity about what’s going on with Charlotte Flair. She’s not injured, but is having an elective surgery done. She might be back in six weeks, or it might be seven months.
Into the mix comes proud papa Ric, who spoke to The Wrestling Inc Daily podcast about his daughter earlier this week. The Nature Boy thinks his daughter will be back for SummerSlam, but then wants her to take time off. That’s partially because Naitch says she has interest from the TV and fitness industries, but also because he thinks you ingrates don’t appreciate her greatness.
I’m paraphrasing of course. Here’s what the two-time WWE Hall of Famer said:
“I’m actually hoping that when she finishes her commitments up at SummerSlam or whenever it is – I have no idea when. I know she has a TV series looking at her and she’s got fitness people wanting to do work with her. I hope that she takes as long as she wants off so that all these people that can fill her shoes and do that every night have the opportunity and God bless that thought.
“I’m saying that I would assume that she’s gonna do SummerSlam. I’m saying that I hope she goes to the company because she’s been actively pursued for a series. I can’t give any more than that. And I just hope she just goes and says, ‘Hey, I wanna take some time off.’ Even though the WWE appreciates me, and you can write down my name every day, the fans don’t seem to get it.
“Hey, somebody else come along and see what you got. To all the people I’m holding back, have at it. I’m serious – if I were her then I would say that. I would say, ‘Stick it.’ I’m so mad about that – one mark after another, ‘We’re tired of seeing her.’ Good, watch her on TV in another event. She’s a millionaire – she can do what she wants to do. And she’s a millionaire because of the company; there you go.
“I know she’s the biggest star, but she’s the best wrestler too! You know what I mean? I swear to God, it makes me so damn mad. These people say, ‘Oh, you’re holding back…’ Okay. Well, you know what? The only way to find out who we’re holding back as turn it over to them. I’ll give you the list of names they keep running by me that the media keeps bringing up – give it to them. Let’s see them stick a moonsault every night. Let’s see them do a corkscrew moonsault off the top rope onto five people. Give them a great match – not a good match – every time out.
“Come on, name the five women that could do that. Name the two. I just named the one.”
That’s a parent talking, with a dash of his heel character thrown in. But, it’s certainly not going to cool off the #discourse around The Queen.
It also doesn’t really shed much light how much we should expect to see Charlotte for the remainder of 2020.