The arrival of one Ashley Flair — now known as Charlotte in WWE — has generated more press buzz than any other new female talent in WWE developmental in the past. And if you haven’t guessed why yet, the Flair name says it all.
The daughter of two-time WWE Hall of Famer and wrestling legend, Ric Flair, Ashley is bound to be more in the spotlight compared to her fellow NXT Divas — and likely more scrutinized, too.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, Steve Keirn, the president of NXT, talks about Flair’s progress in the ring so far and offers an insight into the training of the NXT Divas:
Speaking on the training of women in NXT:
It’s an usual (Note from Melanie: Think this is meant to say ‘unusual’) sport for a diva to begin with. It’s so physical, but a lot of them come into it thinking they’re just going to be putting on make-up and walking out and looking pretty for the audience. When they realize, there’s some blood, sweat and tears in it, then they start to appreciate what this business is all about.
People want to point a finger at it [wrestling], but we’ve got more injuries than anybody. You get girls in there with no helmets, no pads or anything like that. They’re risking getting injured, and they’re easier to injure than the guys. It’s a real experience for pretty much everybody who steps in that ring.
Commenting on Flair, Keirn says:
She’s been doing tremendous. She’s a great athlete, but the transition from volleyball to wrestling is not very easy. It’s much more physical. There’s more punishment to the body. In volleyball, you’re hitting the ball back-n-forth. In wrestling, your body’s getting beat up. It’s a big difference, and it’s an eye opening experience for her. Her dad, all the punishment he took over all those years, she’s going to appreciate him a lot more.
You can watch an interview with Ashley below: