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Charlotte
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Charlotte in March 2015.
Birth name Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr[1]
Born (1986-04-05) April 5, 1986 (age 29)[2]
Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S.[2]
Spouse(s) Thomas Latimer (m. 2013)
Alma mater North Carolina State University
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Charlotte
Billed height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)[3]
Billed from The Queen City[3]
Trained by Lodi[4]
WWE Performance Center
Debut July 17, 2013

Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr-Latimer[5] (born April 5, 1986) is an American professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE, performing under the ring name Charlotte, where she is a former NXT Women's Champion.

She is a second generation wrestler, as she is the daughter of two-time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, and the sister of David Flair and Reid Flair. In 2014, she was named Rookie of the Year by Pro Wrestling Illustrated.

Early life[edit]

Fliehr was born in Charlotte, North Carolina to Ric Flair and his then-wife Elizabeth. She has an older half-sister, Megan, and an older half-brother, David, while her younger brother Reid died in March 2013. Fliehr holds two NCHSAA 4 A-State championships for volleyball during her time at Providence High School, including being a team captain and player of the year from 2004–2005. She attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina before transferring to North Carolina State University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in public relations in Spring 2008. Fliehr was a certified personal trainer prior to becoming a wrestler.[2]

Professional wrestling career[edit]

WWE[edit]

NXT (2012–2015)[edit]

Charlotte in April 2014

On May 17, 2012, Fliehr signed a developmental contract with WWE, and was assigned to their developmental territory NXT.[6] She adopted the ring name Charlotte and had her first televised match on the July 17, 2013, episode of NXT, where she defeated Bayley.[7]

In late 2013, she formed a tag team with Bayley, and they defeated Aksana and Alicia Fox on the September 4 episode of NXT.[8] On the October 10 episode of NXT, Bayley accompanied Charlotte to a match against Santana Garrett, which she won. During the match the "BFFs (Beautiful, Fierce Females)" (Summer Rae and Sasha Banks) came to the ring.[9] To Charlotte's annoyance, the BFFs attempted to convince Bayley to join them.[10] However, on the November 13 NXT, Charlotte attacked Bayley and joined the BFFs, establishing herself as a villainess.[11][12]

After a two month absence due to an injury, Charlotte returned to NXT and managed Rae and Banks.[13][14][15] In February 2014, Charlotte confronted NXT Women's Champion Paige during an interview with Renee Young, announcing herself as her next challenger.[16][17] Charlotte and Banks went on to feud with Bayley, who had formed an alliance with Natalya. On the March 27 episode of NXT, Charlotte was defeated by Natalya by disqualification after Banks interfered.[18] The feud between Charlotte and Paige ended on the April 24 episode of NXT, when Charlotte and Banks defeated Emma and Paige, with Charlotte scoring the pinfall over Paige.

In early May, Charlotte competed in the tournament for the vacant NXT Women's Championship, defeating Emma in the first round, Alexa Bliss in the semi-finals, and Natalya in the final at NXT TakeOver, to win the NXT Women's Championship for the first time.[19] After a four-month absence from the show, Summer Rae returned on the June 6 episode of NXT, distracting Bayley and allowing Charlotte to get the victory. After the match, The BFFs attempted to attack Bayley, only to be chased away by Emma and Paige.[20] This led to a six-woman tag team match on the June 12 episode of NXT, which The BFFs lost after Bayley pinned Charlotte.[21] On the July 3 episode of NXT, Charlotte got retribution over Bayley in a tag team match, where she and Banks defeated Bayley and Becky Lynch. After the match, Charlotte let Banks get attacked by Bayley, with Banks officially disbanding the BFFs in a backstage segment later that night.[22]

On the July 24 episode of NXT, Charlotte successfully defended her championship against Summer Rae.[23] Charlotte then went on to defeat Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way to retain the championship. After the match, she stopped Banks from attacking Bayley afterwards,[24] and after defeating Bayley in a rematch on October 2, she raised Bayley's arm before they hugged and shook hands.[25] Following this, Charlotte and Bayley feuded with Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch throughout the following several weeks.[26] Charlotte retained her championship against Sasha Banks at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution on December 11,[27] and in rematches that took place on the December 25[28] and the January 21, 2015 episodes of NXT, respectively.[29] At NXT TakeOver: Rival, Charlotte lost the championship to Banks in a fatal four-way match that also involved Bayley and Becky Lynch, ending her reign at 258 days.[30] She failed to regain the championship in a rematch against Banks that took place on the March 4 episode of NXT.[31]

At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, Charlotte teamed up with Bayley to defeat Emma and Dana Brooke.[32] After defeating Emma and Brooke again on the July 8 episode of NXT, this time teaming with her rival Sasha Banks, Charlotte challenged Banks to an NXT Women's Championship match, which Banks accepted.[33] They had their championship match the following week on the July 15 episode of NXT, in which Banks retained the championship. Afterwards, the two shared a hug and Banks raised Charlotte's hand as a sign of respect.[34]

PCB (2015–present)[edit]

Charlotte made her first appearance on WWE's main roster on the Slammy Awards special episode of Raw on December 8, 2014 where she lost to Natalya.[35] She made a further appearance on the December 30 episode of Main Event, defeating Sasha Banks.[36]

Charlotte made her official debut on the July 13, 2015 episode of Raw along with Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch, after Stephanie McMahon called for a "revolution" in the WWE Divas division. While Charlotte and Lynch allied with Paige, who was feuding with Team Bella (The Bella Twins and Alicia Fox), Banks allied with Tamina and Naomi, leading to a brawl between the three teams.[37] The trio of Charlotte, Lynch and Paige was originally dubbed the "Submission Sorority", before being renamed "PCB", after the first-name initials of each wrestler.[38] In her pay–per–view debut, on July 19, at Battleground, Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks and Brie Bella in a triple-threat match, with all members of the respective teams at ringside.[39] The following night on Raw, Charlotte defeated Brie in a singles match.[40] On the August 3 episode of Raw, Charlotte made the WWE Divas Champion Nikki Bella tap out in a tag team match.[41] The three teams would ultimately face off at SummerSlam in a three team elimination match. Team Bella would first eliminate Team B.A.D., before Becky Lynch pinned Brie Bella to win the match for PCB.[42]

Personal life[edit]

Fliehr is married to fellow professional wrestler Thomas Latimer, better known by his ring name Bram, who currently works for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). He previously worked for NXT, where they met.[43]

Fliehr was arrested on September 5, 2008 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, for assaulting a police officer after a fight involving Fliehr, her then-husband Riki Johnson, and her father. She pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 45 days in jail, which was suspended to supervised probation and a $200 fine.[44]

In wrestling[edit]

  • Nicknames
    • "Dirtiest Diva in the Game"
    • "Daddy's Little (Nature) Girl"[63]
    • "The Nature Girl"[63]
    • "The Flair of NXT"[64]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

References[edit]

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    In part two of “Daddy’s Little Girl,” Charlotte speaks
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