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Watch Out, Nature Boy: Charlotte Flair Aims to Break Father's Championship Record
Charlotte is approaching record-breaking territory these days, but can she beat her dad, Ric Flair?
If there's one thing Charlotte Flair has perfected over the years, it's winning championships.
From the NXT Women's title to the main WWE roster championships that represent RAW and SmackDown, you'd be hard-pressed to argue against the fact that Charlotte is the most accomplished female Superstar of all time. Her stats back it up, her passion for the wrestling industry backs it up, and the championship DNA running through her body ensures that no conversation surrounding world titles is complete without mentioning her name.
If anybody in the WWE Universe needs a refresher on the decades-long domination of the WWE women's division by Charlotte Flair need only to take a look at some of her most memorable title victories:
Is Ric Flair the Most Accomplished Superstar in WWE History?
For many fans, Charlotte's achievements are impressive but pale in comparison to what her father, Ric Flair, accomplished during his illustrious career. Officially recognized by WWE as a 16-time champion, Ric Flair made a career out of collecting titles wherever he went. The Nature Boy is an 8-time NWA World Heavyweight Champion, a 6-time WCW World Heavyweight Champion, and held the prestigious WWE Championship on two occasions. (For the record, USA Insider must point out that John Cena is also recognized as a 16-time world champion).
To be fair, Charlotte isn't far behind: She has held 14 world championships, and conventional wisdom says she's due to tie, and most likely beat, her father's record in the near future. In 2023, the Queen is only two title wins away from tying her father's decades-old record, and the WWE Universe has always been quietly discussing when (and if) this will ever happen. Interestingly, Charlotte has never publicly acknowledged the enviable situation she has found herself in – until now.
In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, Charlotte finally addressed the elephant in the room. Not only is she well aware of how close she is to knocking her father off his perch, Charlotte is relishing the opportunity!
Can Charlotte Flair Break Ric Flair's Championship Record?
"I'm breaking the record," Charlotte declared. "I'm so close. For so long, I stayed away from discussing it. But I've done every single thing there is to do – and this is my next goal. I want to keep getting better and see where I can take this character."
Charlotte boldly proclaiming that she will indeed break her father's record is an impressive testament to how she sees herself in wrestling history. In Charlotte's eyes, there's nothing left to accomplish in sports entertainment except to become the Superstar who has won the most world titles in history. While her coming so close to dethroning her legendary father wasn't a checklist item when she first broke into WWE.
"That wasn't a goal, it just happened along the way," she told Sports Illustrated.
She's already looking toward WrestleMania 40. Charlotte's already been in seven title matches at WrestleMania, an accolade shared by a certain Beast.
"I'm betting on myself being the champion or challenger [at WrestleMania 40]," she predicted. "Brock Lesnar is the only other person to do that."
Who is Charlotte's Preferred Opponent at WrestleMania 40?
Looking ahead to WrestleMania, Charlotte wasn't shy about who she'd like to see across the ring from her in Philadelphia. Bianca Belair has had one of the most impressive two-year stretches in WWE history, and it only makes sense that Charlotte sees her and the E.S.T. of WWE butting heads on the Grandest Stage of Them All.
"Seeing Bianca handle her position as champion for so long, watching her do the interviews, the meet-and-greets, and carrying all of those responsibilities, I'm so proud of her," Charlotte admitted. "I know that type of pressure. She carried herself as a beautiful example of a WWE champion. And I love her competitiveness. We're both very fiery. Whether it's WrestleMania 40, WrestleMania 41, or WrestleMania 42, it's going to happen."
Will any – or all – of Charlotte's predictions come true? Only time will tell, but the WWE Universe knows better than to bet against one of the all-time greats.