Charlotte: Daddy’s little ‘Nature Girl’ – Part two

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August 22, 2013

WWE.COM: How did you decide to finally start wrestling?

CHARLOTTE: I was personal training at the time and had been doing it for two years. I've always been competitive, and when the opportunity came up last year I jumped to the challenge. I was getting older and knew if I didn't at least give it a try, I would always regret it. I want to defy the odds. I feed off that.

WWE.COM: What was the biggest concern your family had with your involvement in wrestling?

CHARLOTTE: My parents were more worried about how I would handle the pressure because I've always put a lot on myself. I think my mom was worried about how I would handle bad criticism, and my dad was worried about my safety. 

WWE.COM: How much pressure have you felt to achieve great things?

CHARLOTTE: Imagine your toughest opponent is actually the shadow of your father. That's what I feel every day. I know how athletically gifted I am, but Dad wasn't the greatest because he had all these crazy moves, it was because he could connect with his emotions and mannerisms. I want to be able to do the same.

I worry that my accomplishments or failures will always be compared to my dad in certain critics’ eyes, but I have to understand I can't and won’t please everyone. At the end of the day, my driving force is wanting to be compared to my dad as one of the greatest in history, and I know with patience and the amazing talent I work with today that nothing will stop me.

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WWE.COM: Describe the experience of being able to pave your own legacy.

CHARLOTTE: I am not the same person I was a year ago because I have learned so much in WWE’s developmental system. Words cannot explain what we do. It is the toughest obstacle that I have ever tackled. Not only do you have to be an athlete, but you have to be an entertainer as well. I've always been a natural performer, but being an entertainer was foreign to me.  I try to incorporate some of my dad's signature moves in with mine just because it is sentimental to me. Yes, I am my own person, but I will never want to go through my career without a part of him with me.

WWE.COM: Speaking of which, your father was on hand for your debut match at NXT.  What did that mean to you?

CHARLOTTE: Surreal is the only word I can think of. … My dad will be proud of me no matter how grand the stage is. Having him there was so special, but some of the most joyful moments that night were getting to introduce him to all the talent, coaches and staff that I work with. I was proud to show Dad that I was doing well in a business where he is idolized as one of the greatest of all time. The entire night was unforgettable to me. Obviously doing the “Flair Strut” at the end was pretty amazing, too!

WWE.COM: As we stand here today, what is your current goal?

CHARLOTTE: To be the next NXT Women's Champion.

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