Charlotte Flair recently made a surprise return to WWE television at TLC.
At the final pay-per-view of the year she teamed with Asuka to win the Women’s Tag Team Championships, defeating Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.
To coincide with the return of The Queen, a new ‘The Day Of’ documentary has been added to the WWE Network.
Charlotte spoke candidly about her decision to take many months off, weighing up how it would be seen at a tough time for the company with her own health.
It felt like hard times for the company – as talent, as individuals. But I was like, I need to go home. If I’m not going to do this now I’m never going to do it. When I left I felt so deflated, and it’s not because I wasn’t or didn’t feel creative, I just felt like I was at a standstill. I was working NXT, SmackDown, and RAW.
I felt like I was doing the best work of my career, but I was not moving forward. I felt like, well am I letting the company down [because] I’m leaving? I’ve always been there.
Regardless of how the fans view me as good or bad, so the last six months I just tried to think about when I do return, what does that look like and what do I want because I have done it all.”
The daughter of the legendary Nature Boy also made it clear that she doesn’t think she’s done it all yet.
Despite being a Grand Slam champion, Flair expressed her desire to use this as a fresh start.
Yes, I’m satisfied with my career, but I need a new layer. I need a fresh start. This is my first time as a fresh start so yeah, maybe coming back and having fun versus [being] worried about the next day, worried about the next day.
I don’t know, but at the same time, I’m like, I know when I lace up my boots how competitive I am. The only thing that’s changed is I’m able to be more in the moment and feel those nerves once I’m out there. Embrace it instead of [freezing].”
With thanks to Fightful for the transcription.