Backstage drama in skilled wrestling is a part of the attraction, provided that it often 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 constantly into the bloodstream, you form of marvel 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 least a few of it. It began final Friday, when the closing section 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 may hardly be the primary time both performer needed to perform braindead angles and tales from their bosses.
Nonetheless, relying on what you imagine and what you learn, Charlotte considerably shit on that angle on dwell 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 wish to work together with her, and she or he 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 stories stated she thought she ought to lose to Bianca, which makes quite a lot of sense given she was switching exhibits and would keep away from the dumbass title-switch section.
Others dispute that Charlotte was down with dropping the title. Once more, backstage conjecture is a part of the thriller and fascination, however if you get this quantity of buzz, one thing is up.
What appears to attach all of that is different stories that no matter Charlotte would possibly consider herself, she can be below the impression that WWE can’t do a lot about it. That she is indispensable to the corporate. And the factor is…she’s proper.
Charlotte’s performances can waver significantly, as anybody who watched the bilge she was placing out with Nia Jax a number of weeks in the past can attest to. You possibly can all the time wager on Charlotte to place an excellent match collectively on the large events. You possibly can’t depend on her to do it each night time. Any fan can recall matches on Uncooked or lower-tier PPVs that Charlotte seemingly sleepwalked by, and made her opponent look worse for it. She has been labeled a poor- or no-seller at occasions, not doing her greatest 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 illustration 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 assume Sane was as much as the extent she ought to be. It made for a direct reverse of Becky Lynch later guiding Sane below the ring to maintain her out of hurt’s manner for the remainder of the match.
However, except for perhaps Lynch, there isn’t 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 might 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 endurance they will 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 could 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 quite a lot of WWE’s reserving is asinine. Whereas Lynch, Sasha Banks, and Belair are three of the corporate’s largest stars, dropping Aptitude could be a large 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 harm.
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 objective to get herself to the place her future husband is. The entire push and pull of expertise between the 2 corporations has been on the boys’s aspect, 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 nonetheless has years left on her WWE deal, so she’s actually going to should work at it to get out of it early. Although you might argue she’s already began that course of.