Heading into WWE TLC, Charlotte has been paired with Becky Lynch as the friends, turned enemies, turned friends battle the Kabuki Warriors (Asuka & Kairi Sane) for the WWE Women's Tag Team Championships. Graves believes that Charlotte's current story has made her feel "less than."
Charlotte made an appearance on Thursday's After The Bell where she addressed Graves and his criticism.
"I feel like The Queen is held to a different standard," stated Charlotte. "Unless I'm not out there doing above extraordinary or having the greatest match ever, it's like 'what's happening?' Now that I'm walking into TLC in a tag match, I'm thinking about my last year after that TLC match, and I found a new gear walking into the triple threat. Then there was Royal Rumble and the storytelling with Nia and Becky. I main evented WrestleMania, I arguably retired the greatest WWE superstar for the women's division we've had [Trish Stratus]. I felt those moments. Survivor Series with Ronda [Rousey], that was the most legit thing I've ever seen. How did I fall off? I think it's just, the bar is set so high, maybe it doesn't feel like that gear. I looked at it like, the one thing about my character is I'm consistent. I'm never injured. Has that hurt me? Instead of getting angry and frustrated, I have to look at it like, 'this is just the story right now. Not everything can be main event.' That's the gear (I've always had). When you say you miss the Evil Queen, that's where I feel like I shine. I've built this character where I don't need friends. You see Charlotte thinking she's above everyone. That's the disconnect."
Charlotte continued, "I just spent my last three title reigns -- everyone is like, 'Charlotte gets handed things.' In reality, those title reigns were not for bigger pictures. That's what's frustrating. That gets to me."
Charlotte has spent the majority of 2018 in the spotlight, main eventing WrestleMania and competing in a top match at SummerSlam. She also won the SmackDown Women's Title on three separate occasions in 2019. She will team with Becky Lynch against The Kabuki Warriors at WWE TLC. Should she and Becky win, she will become a Grand Slam Women's Champion.
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