Much of Charlotte Flair's 2020 didn't go according to the original plan.
Months ago, Fightful noted that Shayna Baszler was supposed to win the Royal Rumble before it was changed to Flair. That wasn't all that changed, according to a recent report from Fightful Select. NXT had way different ideas than what actually happened.
If you're upset over NXT's handling of Charlotte Flair earlier this year, you're definitely not alone, but it might not necessarily be their fault. Fightful was told that often times when the NXT team would come up with creative or plans for Charlotte Flair when she appeared on their brand, it would often need to go through Raw, but would get shot down. Originally, Rhea Ripley was planned to win the match, then changed to Charlotte. There was a big push within NXT to have Bianca Belair added even sooner than she was to their feud so that Charlotte could lose the match without taking the pin.
One wrestler in NXT that we spoke to about the situation responded in a pessimistic manner, saying that those involved in the creative of NXT should have known what they were getting into when they booked it.
Charlotte Flair has been sidelined for the last six months, with no update on a potential return to the ring.
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