There's nothing like some solid fatherly advice, just ask WWE's Charlotte Flair! In an exclusive interview with In Touch, the famed superstar opened up about the most important lessons her father, Ric Flair, taught her over the years.
"To go to bed every night knowing who you are and I guess that could be professional as well, but professionally the best advice was, 'When you go through that curtain, you have to know exactly who you are as a character and believe in yourself, because if you don't the fans won't buy it from the second you walk through that curtain,'" Charlotte explained via phone last week while promoting the duo's new book Second Nature: The Legacy of Ric Flair and the Rise of Charlotte. She went on to explain that despite having a father who is notorious in the industry, that is not what first made her feel pressure stepping into the ring, and even called her journey into the WWE "very unlikely."
"It was my little brother's dream, but once I became involved, that's when I realized the pressure. I had no idea what I was stepping into or getting myself into when I started — but once I got into the WWE and started in Tampa, then that's when I realized, 'Oh wow. There's a lot of pressure that comes with this.' Even though Triple H and my dad both said, 'It's going to be hard, it's a generational effort,' I didn't really understand how hard it was going to be," she admitted.
Ric and Charlotte's book is available for purchase now, and they were inspired to collaborate after a series of unfortunate events. "The idea behind my dad and I doing a book together was because he did a book early 2000 To Be the Man and a couple years later a lot had happened professionally and personally in his life — from his retirement in 2008 with Sean Michaels and personally, from divorce to my brother [Reid] passing away and me starting at in WWE'S developmental program, and then the main roster, so when they came to my dad to do another book they said, 'Not only do you have so much to share but your legacy is being continued now through a different role for you in the company' — and that was me."
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