Charlotte Flair Says She Didn’t Expect To Win The Title On Her First Night Back

On the December 30th episode of WWE SmackDown, Charlotte Flair returned in a babyface role and defeated Ronda Rousey to capture the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

Speaking to “Busted Open Radio,” the self-proclaimed Queen admitted that she didn’t expect to win the SmackDown Women’s Title on her first night back. She also commented on tweaking her character now that she’s a babyface.

You can check out some highlights from the podcast below:

On tweaking her character now that she’s a babyface: “I think the key is to just let them react. I’m not thinking, ‘What can I do to make them cheer me?’ There’s no active thought, ‘I have to act this way.’ The only thing I’m really focused on is how I approach promos. Maybe don’t say ’14 times’ four times. On Raw, don’t say, ‘I beat these women to get here.’ I ‘faced’ these women. Just little changes like that. [laughs] I’m just going to re-write history and pretend I didn’t have this and I’m just happy to be here.

“When I had the opportunity to talk to the fans when I beat Ronda in that first promo back, I really did mean what I said. Consistency, passion, and dedication have always been my driving force. I’ve still had all these opportunities and have done all these things, but there are still little things that can be better. There are still things that can be worked on. There is always that next big rivalry. I’m never complacent. That is how I’m approaching this ‘good guy’ whatever run. It’s not bragging about what I’ve done. It’s saying, we’ve done this on my journey because of my love for being in the ring for you guys, the fans. Not that corny, but even though I’ve been bad most of my career; consistency, dedication, and passion have gotten me here.”

On what she had imagined regarding her return: “I definitely didn’t think I was going to be champ off the bat. I knew the direction I wanted to go. It felt weird if I didn’t comeback and go after Ronda again. If I just ignored her, even though we’ve been in and out of storylines the past couple of years, I needed to go back to Ronda. Where I went from there, I didn’t think I was going to have the same reception every week. It almost gets better. You always get that one good ‘YAY!’ It’s been that way, even on live events. I’m committing to it.”

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