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Charlotte Flair on Still Feeling WrestleMania Pressure Despite No Audience, Online Criticism Of The Women’s Division’s Looks

April 5, 2020 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
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Charlotte Flair spoke with Muscle & Fitness for a new interview and discussed her match on tonight’s WrestleMania 36 card, WWE taking precautions against COVID-19 and more. You can check out some highlights below:

On if she is still feeling the same pressure as usual going into this year’s show: “Just because there is no audience, you have to remember that every year, there’s always millions watching at home. And to me, yes the situation is not ideal, because I feel like the audience is very much part of the show as a whole. But to me, I go, ‘This is such a huge opportunity to show people your true talent.’ Like, that you don’t need an audience to dig deep with those emotions and take the viewers at home on a roller coaster, and just how physical it is. And if you can do that as a performer, knowing that our story is usually based on live audiences — I mean, not based but obviously we feed off the crowd. I think it makes for a unique situation, and certain people will stand out and others won’t.”

On the precautions WWE is taking and those who chose not to perform: “Oh, [WWE took a lot of precautions] 100%.” I never felt not safe, or that the company wasn’t taking care of me. But I mean, everyone’s decision I respect to the fullest. And I believe the company does too.”

On the negative criticism women in WWE get from fans online: “Well, I mean that’s kind of — it’s part of the job. You open yourself up to criticism when you’re, I guess you could say a public figure. When you read it back, you’re like, ‘This is crazy! People actually say this to me?’ It’s almost like — not therapy, but putting it out there like, ‘Yeah, people say this but it doesn’t mean it’s true.'”

If you use any of the quotes in this article, please credit Muscle & Fitness with a h/t to 411mania.com for the transcription.