Charlotte Flair has made a name for herself in the WWE over the past five years.
Flair, whose real name is Ashley Elizabeth Fliehr, has won the WWE women’s championship four times so far in her young career and has become a staple of the women’s wrestling division for the company.
She’s become one of the most popular female stars in all of WWE throughout her tenure and now leads the group of women on Smackdown Live!
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Charlotte Made Her WWE Debut In 2012
Charlotte began training with WWE in 2012 in NXT, the company’s developmental brand.
But before that, she had a role when she was just 13-years old on WCW alongside her father, Ric. During her dad’s “retirement” match, she and her brother interfered to help him win.
Charlotte started training to follow in her father’s footsteps and become a professional wrestler thereafter. She signed a contract with WWE in 2012 and debuted, winning the NXT Women’s Championship and being named the company’s “Rookie of the Year.”
She continued her rise through NXT and was promoted to the WWE’s main roster in 2015. It didn’t take long for her talent to be recognized, as she won the WWE Divas Championship soon after arriving on the main roster.
Since then, she’s won the WWE Women’s Championship four times and is currently on the Smackdown Live! roster.
2. Her Father Is a WWE Hall of Famer
Wrestling has always been in Charlotte’s blood. She’s the daughter of WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair.
Ric is widely regarded as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time for his career that spans over 40 years. He’s also a 16-time WWE world champion.
His wrestling career started with the American Wrestling Association in 1972 and he debuted in the WWE — then the WWF — in 1991 after a storied career with the National Wrestling Alliance and WCW.
Ric, also known as “The Nature Boy,” spent just two years in WWF in his first stint, though, before returning to WCW from 1993 until 2001.
Ric returned to the WWE after WCW was bought out and continued to add chapters to his storied career.
Once Charlotte appeared in NXT and WWE, he would often accompany her to the ring.
The two had an on-air father-daughter relationship that saw tension when Charlotte turned heel in January 2016. On the May 23, 2016 episode of WWE Raw, Charlotte turned on her father and ordered him to get out of the ring, chastising him as tears streamed down his face.
3. Her Younger Brother Died of an Overdose
Charlotte and her family suffered a tragic loss in 2013 when her younger brother, Reid, was found dead on a bed in a North Carolina hotel room.
An autopsy revealed that Reid, who was 24 at the time, died of an accidental overdoes of heroin and the prescription drugs clonazepam and alprazolam.
Reid was in the midst of a professional wrestling career as well. He “wrestled” two matches in WCW with the first being in October 1998 when he was just 10-years old.
Reid wrestled one more match as a child in 2000 and ramped up his wrestling career in 2008. During his father Ric’s WWE Hall of Fame induction, Reid was present and was there the next night at WWE WrestleMania XXIV.
After that, he wrestled on the independent wrestling circuit and also spent time wrestling in All Japan Pro Wrestling, making his in-ring debut in 2013. He wrestled a singles match in Japan and traveled back to the United States after that, being found dead just 12 days later.
In Charlotte’s WWE career, Reid’s death has been used as a storyline. It happened on a November 2015 episode of WWE Raw when she signed a contract to wrestle WWE superstar Paige at a pay-per-view event.
When signing the contract, Charlotte said that she agreed to wrestled in the match as a tribute to her late brother, Reid. Paige mocked her by saying, “your little baby brother, he didn’t have much fight in him, did he?”
Watch a video of the segment below:
The controversial segment drew many negative reviews from critics and fans who said it was in very poor taste. It was revealed afterward that the WWE didn’t ask the Flair family for permission to use the reference and they were gave no prior warning to it occurring.
Ric said in an interview after the episode aired that he cried when he watched what happened.
I never heard a word about it. I started crying while I was watching it. Nobody called me and nobody’s called me today. That would indicate that they just assume that’s good.
Charlotte has two tattoos that are in remembrance of Reid.
One of them is a cross on her rib cage that has Reid’s nickname “Reider” written on it, while the other is a quote from the Guns N’ Roses song “Patience.”
She said that the reason she got the quote tattooed is because Reid always wanted to get a tattoo, but Ric would never let them do so. He was a big Guns N’ Roses fan, and she got the tattoo as a reminder of her younger brother.
4. Her Nude Photos Were Leaked Online
On May 4, Charlotte came out on Twitter to reveal that private photos from her cell phone were stolen and leaked online.
Charlotte called for the photos to be taken off of the internet immediately.
The photos show a nude Charlotte taking multiple selfies in front of a mirror with her cell phone, which has a WWE case on it.
Charlotte’s photo hack was another in a recent line of leaks targeting female WWE superstars.
On April 28, current WWE RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss took to Twitter to respond to rumors that her private photos were compromised. She shot down the rumor with a tweet and asked that the “altered” photos be taken down.
Earlier this year, former WWE Divas Champion Paige was the victim of a hack when a number of explicit photos and videos were stolen from her cell phone and leaked online by a hacker.
Paige wrote a lengthy message on social media that said after the leak she had days that made her feel as if she wanted to physically harm herself.
I made a big mistake. Huge. I put trust in the hands of someone that took advantage of a young girl years ago. It was my mistake and I’ll always take responsibility.
The one thing that was the hardest was thinking ‘my husband is gonna leave me’ ‘my family will disown me’ but I’m blessed beyond words to have a family and a husband that stuck by me because they know who I am. They know I’m not a bad person and they held my hands through hell.
5. She Has Been Married & Divorced Twice
While her current relationship status is unknown, Charlotte has been married twice so far in her lifetime.
She first was married to longtime boyfriend Riki Johnson in 2010 before filing for divorce just one year later.