In the beginning months of 2021, Charlotte Flair was once again tied up with her father Ric on camera as the duo were involved in a storyline with Lacey Evans.
Ric had been flirting with Evans, which had upset Charlotte. The final payoff ended up being Lacey getting pregnant in real life -- she never mentioned Ric as being the father on television -- removing her from television. As a result of Lacey being out of the storyline, Charlotte sent Ric home.
In an interview with Ariel Helwani, Ric said he and Charlotte didn't like the storyline.
Speaking to the Hindustan Times, Charlotte commented on the angle.
“It wasn’t so much about Lacey. It is very difficult with my dad. I had an extensive amount of time off for the first time ever in my career, I was eager and excited to come back and start fresh. I wanted to add layers to my characters as I felt stale. I wanted these changes. When my dad got brought into the picture, I was like man it's 2021 and I don’t want to share the screen with my dad. I am Charlotte Flair now, I am not longer Ric Flair’s daughter, that’s Charlotte’s dad. I was like why I have to be on TV with my dad," she said. “I don’t want anyone to think that is selfish, anyone would love to share screen with their dad. But if anyone’s followed my career, all I have done since day one is pave my own legacy. Yes, I do a lot of his personal trademarks but it is also to acknowledge me as a separate performer. So that’s why I was frustrated at home because selfishly I wanted the screen for myself and not with my dad."
WWE has leaned into Charlotte's "on her own" character following WrestleMania 37 as she's calling herself "the opportunity" and has remained the focal point in the Raw Women's Division.
Charlotte challenged for the Raw Women's Title at WWE WrestleMania Backlash, competing against Asuka and Rhea Ripley in a triple threat bout. If you missed anything from WrestleMania Backlash, check out Fightful's full results by clicking here.