Another day, another report on the hot story of the weekend: the “WWE Women’s Championship Title Exchange” that main evented the Fri., Oct. 22 SmackDown, and the backstage fallout from Charlotte Flair either accidentally or on purpose deviating from the script in an effort to ensure she didn’t look like less of a star than Becky Lynch.
PWInsider offered an update this morning (Oct. 25), and the big new wrinkle is that Lynch isn’t the only one who got into a heated argument with Flair after the show. While the “loud and angry” confrontation between Becky and Charlotte got all the attention - which makes sense given their fame, and that it is said to have happened right in front of Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard, Flair & Lynch’s scene partner was also not happy with The Queen:
“Two different sources described Sonya Deville as ‘mad enough to want to fight Flair’ and at one point, also having an argument with Flair backstage at SmackDown.”
Is a possible physical confrontation with a former professional mixed martial artist is part of why the company is said to have had Charlotte escorted out of the building (Wrestling Observer’s Bryan Alvarez says “by security”; Insider’s Mike Johnson says “by WWE officials”)? That’s not clear, but sources close to her told Johnson she thought the move was disrespectful “given her family’s history with the company and her importance to the SmackDown brand going forward.” Dave Meltzer of the Observer indicated this weekend that Flair’s fiancé Andrade’s anti-WWE tweet from Friday night was about how she was treated behind-the-scenes at Wichita’s Intrust Bank Arena.
Other notes from Insider’s latest:
- The blame for this incident has fallen on Charlotte, and “there have been several alleged instances where Flair’s behavior has led to issues in recent months, including a legitimate back and forth with Nia Jax in the ring on Raw.” Resentment towards the now-SmackDown Women’s champ has been building in recent weeks, with a source telling Johnson it was “just a matter of time” before something happened.
- Charlotte does have her defenders backstage, however: “One source not close to Flair said, ‘Let’s be honest, that’s what stars do. They make sure their star power remains the same or greater.’”
- There doesn’t seem to be any heat on Lynch for this, nor presumably on Deville.
- People in Charlotte’s “circle” are privately pushing her to try and get out of her WWE contract, but no one expects it to happen.
- “A number of people within WWE” will be “keeping their eyes on Flair” this Friday (Oct. 29) when SmackDown sirs from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.
That should give you plenty to digest... until the next report about last Friday comes in.