Charlotte Flair recently opened up about fans hating her when she started her career, not understanding why, and learning to deal with it.
Charlotte Flair clearly has professional wrestling in her genes. The SmackDown Live Superstar is now a four time Women's Champion and arguably the most talented female in WWE right now, if not the most talented the company has seen for a number of years. Despite her natural talent, fans didn't always gravitate to "The Queen". As is so often the case with children of Superstars many fans accused Charlotte of getting her place on the roster simply because she was Ric Flair's daughter.
Charlotte is one of a current crop of Superstars who demonstrates quite openly via social media that she is very different from the character she plays on screen. For much of her run on the main roster, she played a heel, something she is not in her day-to-day life. It's actually her avid use of social media that led to her realizing how much some fans resented her for simply being the daughter of the Nature Boy.
Baby Flair was recently interviewed by the Ottawa Citizen and revealed details of how she struggled with the hatred from the crowd following her debut on the main roster. She said that fans accused her of being entitled, and was only there because of her father, so once she realized that, she embraced it and went on to be the red hot heel that she would become.
"It was more about understanding you’re just playing a role," says Flair to the Citizen,
Charlotte is currently a babyface on SmackDown Live, but it's hard to argue that she makes a better heel. Flair even admitted during the interview that she feels much more comfortable playing a bad guy now. That won't stop her from furthering her career though. She may have to sit on the sidelines and watch Naomi and Natalya battle it out for the SmackDown Live Women's Championship at SummerSlam, but following the event, it's hard to imagine that it won't be Flair going after the gold.
It must be tough on Superstars just starting out their careers to get used to fans hating them for not much reason at all, especially when it's because you have a famous parent. As Charlotte explained though, it's just a case of realizing that it's your on-screen persona they hate, and the sooner you separate that from your real life the better. Plus Charlotte herself has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that she deserves to be in that ring whether she's Ric Flair's daughter or not.