WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix expressed her sentiments regarding the real-life heat between SmackDown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch,
In an interview with Busted Open Radio, Phoenix put over Flair and Lynch for being tremendous athletes. She said that the two performers know how the business works and that there real-life conflict has become the talk of the town.
“We’ve had big female stars before,” the 40-year-old said. She continued: “This is the first time where the women are featured pretty much at the same level as the men. We’re having women main event tours, PPVs, and WrestleMania.”
“I feel like these types of conflicts have always existed, but we never had such a microscope on them. You have these two women that are these massive stars who have done everything, and their big personalities are clashing right now.
“It’s really easy to see both perspectives and understand like, ok, I see Charlotte’s points because Charlotte is consistent as all hell. She performs at an excellent level consistently for years. She’s athletic. She can cut a promo. She looks the part, and sometimes all those things can, like she said in an interview, rub people the wrong way.”
The NXT 2.0 commentator also showered praise on Lynch for getting over with the people organically. She added that the RAW women’s champion had been an underdog for a long time.
“On Becky’s side, Becky started as the underdog. I feel that she had to scratch and claw her way, got over organically, and then reinvented herself, whereas Charlotte has been kind of the same character standing tall above the rest for a long time. So these huge personalities, they’ve always existed in the women’s locker room. We’ve always had clashes of personalities.
“It’s just now it’s the first time in history where we have these two women who have these massive microscopes, and I just think that’s why the conversation is so intense on either side and the fan reaction is so intense, and that’s good.”
Phoenix noted that the real-life heat between Charlotte and Lynch has got the whole town talking; something which is seen to create money for the business. She said that it’s the first time two female athletes in the WWE have generated controversy in mainstream media.
“The whole point of this is to get people talking. They’re talking for the first time about two female Superstars going at it, and that’s the topic of conversation dominating all the media outlets. That’s what we wanted. Conflict is great. Controversy creates cash, and I guarantee you both of these women know that more than anybody.”
Phoenix also opened up about the philosophy behind the newly revamped NXT, saying that wrestlers and commentators on the brand have the freedom to portray their personality the way they see fit on screen.
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