Charlotte Flair has been the heart of WWE since WrestleMania 36 as she has appeared on all three brands.
As the NXT women’s champion, Flair appeared throughout RAW, SmackDown, and of course NXT during her reign before leaving the title to Io Shirai in a triple-threat bout that featured Rhea Ripley on NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
Last night on RAW, Nia Jax attacked The Queen and looks like she’ll be on the shelf for the foreseeable future.
Sources told talkSPORT that Flair will take an extended break from WWE. The 34-year-old woman has been a constant on the program for years and will take personal time and undergo surgery.
The idea is for her to return around the Royal Rumble season next year, but if a good story appears before that, around Survivor Series, she’d be open to returning later this year.
Our sources said, “There is a 0 percent chance that Charlotte will return for SummerSlam.”
Flair has been working on all three brands and is one of WWE’s favorite talents when it comes to media, a job she takes on. He is owed a break and our sources say he feels he needs one.
Of course, that’s the plan, but who knows if Vince McMahon will press a panic button before that and call for Flair’s return as soon as he heals, which is likely to be in early September.
It is interesting that WWE chose Jax to put Flair on the shelf. The former Raw Women champion has come under fire from large sections of the WWE fan base for previously injuring Becky Lynch and for a couple of accidents she had with Kairi Sane.
Of course, this is not a real injury, unlike those, and is simply implemented for Flair to rest. WWE is believed to have debated that Asuka would be the one to get Flair out before settling on Jax.
Flair herself has divided opinion among the WWE Universe. While her ability in the ring can’t be discussed right now, many fans have debated whether WWE pushes her too hard or not.
Including NXT, Flair is a 12-time champion right now, and the break will probably do her, her character, and the fans good.
She has a prepared feud with Jax upon her return, but with her horse mates Becky Lynch also far from company at the moment, the spotlight shines even brighter on the burgeoning story between Sasha Banks and Bayley.