Backstage drama in skilled wrestling is a part of the allure, on condition that it normally finds its manner into their on-screen storytelling. Studying about rumors and whispers within the enterprise turns into a significant staple for lots of followers. However nonetheless, like sports activities, when issues from backstage and within the locker room get persistently into the bloodstream, you form of surprise if there isn’t some agenda. And from whom.
The previous week has seen one thing of an avalanche fall upon the top of Charlotte Aptitude, who can’t actually argue she didn’t trigger at the very least a few of it. It began final Friday, when the closing phase of SmackDown was a title-switch between her and Becky Lynch, as they had been each the respective champions of Uncooked (Aptitude) and SmackDown (Lynch), however had been additionally each swapping exhibits. No query the “belt-swap” angle was categorically silly, however this might hardly be the primary time both performer needed to perform braindead angles and tales from their bosses.
Nonetheless, relying on what you believe and what you read, Charlotte considerably shit on that angle on reside TV, dropping her title on the bottom for Lynch to choose up. You possibly can inform by the look on Sonya Deville’s face that this wasn’t precisely the plan.
After that, reportedly, Becky and Charlotte had phrases backstage, or Sonya and Charlotte did, or all of it. Charlotte was faraway from the constructing whereas Lynch was working a darkish match in order to keep away from additional battle, and on it went.
Extra tales dropped over the week that the majority of Charlotte’s coworkers don’t like her, don’t need to work together with her, and she has an ego the dimensions of the Goodyear blimp. That ran alongside that Charlotte had been bitching about her reserving and storylines, centered on her final match with Bianca Belair earlier than Crown Jewel. Some experiences mentioned she thought she ought to lose to Bianca, which makes plenty of sense given she was switching exhibits and would keep away from the dumbass title-switch phase.
Others dispute that Charlotte was down with dropping the title. Once more, backstage conjecture is a part of the thriller and fascination, however once you get this quantity of buzz, one thing is up.
What appears to attach all of that is different experiences that no matter Charlotte would possibly consider herself, she can also be beneath the impression that WWE can’t do much about it. That she is indispensable to the corporate. And the factor is…she’s proper.
Charlotte’s performances can waver drastically, as anybody who watched the bilge she was placing out with Nia Jax a couple of weeks in the past can attest to. You possibly can all the time guess on Charlotte to place a terrific match collectively on the massive events. You possibly can’t depend on her to do it each evening. Any fan can recall matches on Uncooked or lower-tier PPVs that Charlotte seemingly sleepwalked by way of, and made her opponent look worse for it. She has been labeled a poor- or no-seller at occasions, not doing her finest to make whomever she’s within the ring with look pretty much as good as will be, whereas additionally, presumably, making an attempt to make herself look higher.
An indication of this form of perspective was the uncomfortable sight of Charlotte slapping a clearly concussed Kairi Sane throughout a tag match on the TLC PPV of December 2019, when Charlotte didn’t suppose Sane was as much as the extent she must be. It made for a direct reverse of Becky Lynch later guiding Sane beneath the ring to maintain her out of hurt’s manner for the remainder of the match.
However, apart from possibly Lynch, there is no such thing as a bigger-ticket merchandise on WWE’s girls’s roster, and few names on the entire roster would eclipse her both. She attracts followers, and feuds, and tales with Charlotte nonetheless stamp others out as necessary. Her reserving could make her inevitable, which annoys followers at occasions, however she’s additionally a reputation worthy of the Cena-like reserving.
The intrigue is whether or not Charlotte is testing simply how a lot WWE will put up with, and simply how a lot persistence they’ll present. As a result of everybody is aware of that her fiance, Andrade El Idolo, is at AEW. If Charlotte actually was that a lot of an issue youngster, and if WWE had actually had sufficient, it will be all of 4 and a half minutes earlier than Twitter can be suffering from the official “Charlotte Aptitude is #AllElite” graphics. And AEW most definitely wants somebody like her.
Even when half of that is true, Charlotte would hardly be the primary disagreeable character that WWE had. And he or she will surely have a case that plenty of WWE’s reserving is asinine. Whereas Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Belair are three of the corporate’s largest stars, dropping Aptitude can be an enormous hit for the corporate. They haven’t pushed anybody else to close the extent of these 4, or of Bayley, each time she returns from damage.
The ladies’s division would look awfully threadbare with out her, which she appears to know, and that’s additionally the fault of WWE for not placing extra girls on the prime of the cardboard.
The intrigue is that if Aptitude is bellyaching on function to get herself to the place her future husband is. All the push and pull of expertise between the 2 firms has been on the lads’s facet, save Ruby Soho. And as nice as Soho is, she’s not the draw that Charlotte is. There’s a purpose Fox was pushing to get her switched to SmackDown. Aptitude reportedly still has years left on her WWE deal, so she’s actually going to need to work at it to get out of it early. Although you would argue she’s already began that course of.