Charlotte: Daddy’s little ‘Nature Girl’

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August 15, 2013

Ever wondered what it was like to grow up as the offspring of one of the greatest performers of all time? NXT Diva Charlotte knows the feeling all too well. As one of the newest additions to the NXT women’s division, the second-generation athlete looks to follow in the footsteps of her father, WWE Hall of Famer and 16-time World Champion, “The Nature Boy” Ric Flair. In part one of this exclusive interview, Charlotte peels back the curtain on her life in and out of the ring.

WWE.COM: What was it like growing up with one of the greatest performers of all time as your father?

CHARLOTTE: Honestly, I grew up very privileged, and I am so thankful for the opportunities my dad’s career was able to provide. I have had the opportunity to travel the world, and I’ve met so many incredible people from all walks of life. I truly believe growing up in Charlotte, N.C., which was once a very small city, is what kept me grounded. I am still friends with the kids I went to kindergarten with.

Yes, our family is extremely well known in North Carolina; at the same time when you have lived in the same place your entire life, everyone gets to know you. When Dad and I would walk into a restaurant, it wouldn’t be the same reaction as we would get somewhere else, because the community as a whole knew us.

WWE.COM: During the course of his in-ring career, there’s no question that your dad spent considerable time on the road. What was it like to have a father always on the move?

CHARLOTTE: I have to say this: No matter what time of night his flight got in, my dad was always up in the morning to make us oatmeal, waffles or a protein shake, and then drive my brother and I to school. Later that day, my dad would be right back at lunchtime to bring us our favorite meal. Yes, I was extremely spoiled! Dad once told me that he was so depressed when I got my license, because our rides to and from school and sports was our bonding time.

I think my mom and dad collectively did a great job at teaching me how to treat people and how to work hard. In terms of how difficult it was, I can only say it was a mixed blessing. I played a lot of sports growing up, and it was always hard at tournaments because people always had certain expectations for me. A lot of times, my team or I would be heckled by our opponent’s fans, but my dad pushed me as hard as he could when I started to become active in sports. I think his biggest fear was that my accomplishments would be overlooked because of who he was. So whatever sport I was tackling at the time, he would make sure I had the best training and enrolled in the best camps so I could be given every opportunity to succeed. I always felt pressure because I was always under the microscope, but I am grateful for this because it either molds people into who they’re supposed to be, or it breaks them. My dad instilled in me the importance of never giving up and showing respect to everyone we come in contact with.

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