Sporting News recently interviewed Charlotte about her move to Smackdown, her feud with Natalya and once again being on the same brand as her best friend Becky Lynch. Here are some of the highlights:
Her feud with Natalya in NXT:
“I had a couple of singles matches and I still wasn’t sure of myself. I wasn’t even sure if they were doing the right thing. I was just extremely nervous and Nattie just looked at me and said, ‘let’s do this’. Then when I won the title, it gave me the confidence that I needed. That’s when I knew I was doing the right thing and I belonged but in terms of a performer, even when I got on the main roster and had the run as a babyface when I first started with Nikki Bella, I was still like ‘I gotta get better, I gotta get better’. But I would say when I was with Nattie is when I thought this is where I belong.
Nattie put me on the map that night. I really think that my career and myself, I wouldn’t be at where I am today had I not had that match. I truly believe that in my heart.”
Trying to make Smackdown’s Women’s Division superior to Raw’s:
“I can’t speak for the other women on ‘Raw’ or ‘SmackDown’ but I know, for myself, personally, the minute I left ‘Raw’ Monday night I said to myself ‘SmackDown’ is the women’s division that you’re gonna want to be on. That’s my mindset. Yes, competition is in full effect because that’s kind of the point of having two brands.”
Being reunited with Becky Lynch:
“In this line of work, you have a ton of friends and you’re all family but Becky was basically my rock. With the heel transition and then we ended up having the match at Royal Rumble (in 2016), we pretty much grew together as talent and came into our own. Then all of a sudden the draft happened. Not only am I excited to be back with my travel partner but to see how much we’ve grown as talent and to have the opportunity to face each other again as polished talent. We were just scratching the surface when we had that match at Royal Rumble and then we had the three-way (at WrestleMania 32 in Dallas) and then it was over.”
To check out the full interview, click here.