The reason for Charlotte Flair's suspension from WWE this week has reportedly been revealed – while Flair has hit back about further comments about her body.
Flair was slapped with a huge fine and 'suspended' from the company for an unhinged assault on a referee, which came after the main event on Monday Night Raw, an impressive match with long-time rival Asuka.
The Queen has made an emphatic return to WWE screens in the wake of WrestleMania – an event she was forced to miss – inserting herself in the Raw Women’s Championship picture.
She’s directed her ire at both newly crowned champ Rhea Ripley and Asuka, her actions in attacking both last week leading to the contest with the Empress of Tomorrow.
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That fury would be unleashed on the hapless referee after a questionable call at the end of the match appeared to cost Flair the win – the multi-time champion pinned despite her shoulders being clearly off the mat at the time.
While Asuka celebrated her victory – which Ripley watched from ringside – Flair centred her rage on the official with vicious forearms, kicks and punches as the show went off the air.
WWE official Adam Pearce took a dim view of the incident on the post-Raw panel show Raw Talk, slapping Flair with a six-figure fine and ‘indefinitely’ suspending her.
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A statement on the WWE website confirmed “During the April 19 edition of Raw Talk, WWE Official Adam Pearce broke the news that Charlotte Flair has been indefinitely suspended and fined $100,000 for her unprofessional conduct on Monday Night Raw, as well as physically abusing an official.”
The statement added that she was being “escorted from the building.”
The attack, suspension and fine are certain to be storyline based, with the reason for her impending absence now becoming clear after it was reported she was written off television for a short time to enable her to undergo an undisclosed dental procedure.
Speaking on Wrestling Daily, Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT commented that Flair was taking time to get "some dental work sorted out."
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The star, whose father is legendary wrestler Ric Flair, was herself less than impressed after The Wrestling Observer's Dave Meltzer added to that speculation, saying: "she's just having a complete makeover… it's one of those things – they make you [feel] real subconscious about your looks when you're a woman in wrestling.
"It's one of the negatives but it's a reality of it."
Flair took exception to the additional commentary and, raising similar incidents involving the same individuals comments in the past, snapped back: "I thought [he] would have learned his lesson last time commenting about women's bodies, but apparently I'm fair game.
"So I get to respond. Again. To a rumour about my body. Again. You know what? This is when I stop. Dave, Go To Hell."
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That controversy aside here’s no doubting that the explosive segment did wonders for re-establishing Flair as a top heel in WWE after time wrestling in a fan-friendly guise.
It was part of a busy night on Raw that also saw Riddle upset Randy Orton in a match, while Drew McIntyre’s issues with MVP and former Retribution members Mace and T-Bar
Elsewhere, The Viking Raiders made it two wins over Cedric and Alexander on the bounce while Damian Priest beat The Miz and Elias overcame Kofi Kingston.
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