When a new talent is signed by NXT or WWE, there is the possibility that they may end up seeing their ring name changed. It has recently happened for Sami Zayn, Hideo Itami, and a host of others who have signed contracts in the last couple of years. Usually, it happens with their first appearance or at least within the first month of their time with the company. That’s why it is so odd that a current WWE champion has just changed their ring name after being on the main roster for over a year.
Charlotte made her official WWE main roster debut on July 13, 2015, when she showed up on Monday Night Raw with Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks. Since then, she has held the WWE Divas Championship one time and the WWE Raw Women’s Championship on three separate occasions.
Now, it seems as if she still thinks there is a need for a change, and that is why her name is being altered, but only slightly.
According to the official website of WWE, Charlotte’s profile on the page of all superstars now lists her as “Charlotte Flair.” This past week on Monday Night Raw, General Manager Mick Foley also referred to the WWE Women’s Champion by her full name so it certainly appears as if this is a permanent move.
Charlotte’s real name is Ashley Fliehr and she is, of course, the daughter of the iconic and legendary Ric Flair. She has dealt with the legacy situation in storylines ever since arriving on the main roster for WWE, and she even used to have her dad accompany her to the ring.
Sports Keeda made note that Charlotte has also updated her Twitter and Instagram accounts to both now include the surname of “Flair.”
For months, Ric Flair accompanied Charlotte to the ring as she continued to etch her name into the record books of wrestling history. He was also with her in NXT as she won the NXT Women’s Championship, and he was there as she became the brand new Raw Women’s Champion.
At Extreme Rules, Charlotte finally broke ties with her father as she was done with Ric Flair and said she didn’t need him anymore. That was when she partnered up with Dana Brooke, who is more of a minion, and set out to make her own name for herself.
Even though she has many qualities that connect her to her legendary father, she is really writing her own story.
The interesting thing here is that Ric Flair and Charlotte Flair already had their storyline together so it wouldn’t make much sense to do it again unless there is a different angle. As she moves forward in being her own person, her own champion, and creating her own legacy…maybe WWE simply wants to make sure everyone knows that she is a Flair.
It certainly never hurt her brother David Flair who had a wrestling career in WCW and TNA about 15 years ago.
— WWE (@WWE) November 5, 2016
Again, it’s not uncommon for superstars to have name changes, but most of the time, they end up losing a surname. Some examples are:
- Cesaro formerly known as Antonio Cesaro
- Rusev formerly known as Alexander Rusev
- Big E formerly known as Big E Langston
From this point on, Charlotte will be referred to by a slightly different name as she has once again taken that of her family. The current WWE Women’s Champion has dominated the division since appearing on the scene just a year ago and now, her greatness has been upped even more as she will go into the record books as Charlotte Flair.
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