Charlotte Flair has been off of WWE television recently, and it's for more reasons than her father The Nature Boy being unwell.
The last time Charlotte Flair appeared on SmackDown Live was Aug. 8, 2017. On that edition of WWE's blue brand, the former Women's Champion defeated Lana. Since then we haven't seen Flair on WWE TV—aside from her ring side appearances at the Mae Young Classic—and most would assume that's down to her father Ric's poor health.
The Nature Boy was taken into hospital just days after that final appearance of Charlotte, and naturally, The Queen wanted to be by her father's side. For a while there, things were touch and go for the 16 time World Champion, and the initial reason Charlotte was off TV was, of course, because she was tending to her dad. Since then, however, she has been wrestling on live events and in dark matches, so what gives?
According to inquisitr.com, Ric Flair's poor health is only part of the reason Charlotte has been away. The reason that Flair has not returned to SmackDown Live full time is because she will begin promoting her and Ric's book that the father-daughter duo wrote together. That will likely require a lot of travel and some time away from the company, so it's best not to get her involved in long-term storylines. Secondly, WWE simply has nothing for her right now, although that may be related to the fact that Flair will be away for some of the coming months.
When Charlotte was acquired during the Superstar Shakeup earlier this year, she was quite rightly touted as the biggest get by SmackDown Live. Unfortunately though, that thinking hasn't really been backed up since. Flair has been a part of a few multi-woman angles while chasing the title, but you really would have hoped by this point that she'd have captured the SmackDown Live Women's Championship. Here's to hoping that WWE has something big planned for her come WrestleMania season.
WWE giving Charlotte the time off to be with Ric is amicable, and not something they might have done years ago. Also, not tangling her up in a fresh story line right now is simply smart booking if she really is going to be away for a while. Yes, SmackDown Live could certainly benefit from showcasing its Queen, but not until the time is right and that can be done to full effect.