There was a lot of armchair analysis of the Charlotte Flair/Nia Jax match on this past Monday’s Raw, but you didn’t need to be an insider to see that things got heated between the two wrestlers. That led to some stiff shots and awkward looking moves, but an anonymous report from behind the scenes indicated that whatever the issue was, Flair & Jax left it in the ring.
Now we have an on-the-record report from a WWE producer that backs that up. D-Von Dudley talked about the Aug. 30 match between Charlotte & Nia on his Table Talk streaming show this afternoon (Sept. 1). D-Von doesn’t know or doesn’t choose to reveal what led to the work to turn into a shoot for a while, but he doesn’t deny it happened. He also says that’s not unusual in his experience, and points out the scene should be good for business between the two going forward - which comes in handy since Jax appears to be set-up as Flair’s next challenger for the Raw Women’s title:
“A lot of people suspected that Nia and Charlotte got into it heavy. I even heard some reports that, ‘Oh, they were beating each other up in the back.’ Number one, they weren’t beating each other up in the back. Something happened in the ring, they handled it the way they handled it, and they got over it. Simple as that... They got over it. Was things done in the ring? I think it’s obvious. No dirtsheet writer has to put me on blast and go, ‘Well, D-Von said -’ No, everybody saw what happen this past Monday. It got a little rough, and it happens. It’s not like the first time it happened, but of course, everybody’s making a big deal out of it...
“Hell, me and Bubba [Bully Ray] used to go at it with people a lot... some of it was real. A lot of it was real, because - not that guys ever tried to take advantage of me and Bubba, but... sometimes in the heat of battle, even in pro wrestling, you hear the crowd and things happen to where things get messed up or what have you, and then the other one gets mad and the other one’s like, ‘Ok, why are you getting so upset? Why you trying to take it out on me?’ Then you wind up going for real. It never turns out good because you have to work with people, and you’ve gotta see their faces... There were a couple times I had to rough it up a bit to get my point across. It happens.
“But like I said, I love both of those young ladies, Charlotte & Nia. I wish them nothing but the best, and I really hope that - if they have another built up match, you better believe people are gonna be watching. That’s one of the great things about what happened on Monday is that when these two do get a reunion match, whenever that might be, you better believe people gonna be watching that. They’re gonna be wanting to see every little thing. I guarantee people will be nitpicking, ‘Oh, did you see the way Nia grabbed her finger? Oh my God, you see the way Charlotte kicked her toe? Oh my God.’ Watching every single move... The two young ladies had a misunderstanding, and they solved it the best way they thought they could, and now we move on.”
Ready to close the book on what happened Monday night? And are you excited to see the next Flair/Jax clash?