With Charlotte Flair currently in midst of her seventh reign as the WWE SmackDown Women's Champion, the Queen has revealed when exactly she found out that she'd be defeating Ronda Rousey to once again sit atop the blue brand's female ranks.
Speaking during her recent appearance on Out of Character with Ryan Satin (via Fightful), Flair explained how she didn't know she'd be winning the SmackDown Women's Title once more until she arrived at Tampa's Amalie Arena on 30 December 2022.
Of course, that final SmackDown outing of 2022 saw Charlotte make her return to WWE TV and defeat Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women's Championship after challenging the Rowdy One to an impromptu match.
As Flair detailed:
"I didn't found out I was winning the title until I got there. I didn't have gear with me. My amazing cleaning lady brought me my gear. I should have known better. I'm coming to a wrestling show, I just brought my outfit. I thought it was just going to be a walkout surprise because I had been gone for so long. I really didn't need to be any major fireworks, but when I got there they were like, 'You need your gear'. I got the call at maybe 5ish that I needed gear, right before I got to the arena. [My cleaner] got to the arena around 7, 7:15."
Fortunately, Charlotte Flair these days resides in Orlando, Florida, which meant that she was able to have her gear dropped off with her in Tampa in time to make her return to programming.
Prior to this return, Charlotte had been absent from WWE since last May's Backlash PLE. There, she lost the SmackDown Women's Title to Ronda Rousey in an I Quit contest. While it was initially believed that Flair was taking some time away from WWE in order to get married to Andrade El Idolo, the star herself has recently noted how she was on the sidelines for longer than expected due to having extensive dental work done.
As revealed on this week's WWE Raw, Charlotte Flair is currently on a collision course with Rhea Ripley at WrestleMania 39 this April. After the Judgment Day powerhouse won this year's women's Royal Rumble, she was quick to make it known that she has Flair and the SmackDown Women's Championship in her sights for the 2023 edition of WWE's Showcase of the Immortals.
For Charlotte, this latest title win means that she's viewed as a 16-time champion by WWE, with those seven SmackDown reigns accompanied by six runs as the Raw Women's Champion, two stints as the NXT Women's Champion, and one spell as the Divas Champion before that belt was retired.