• ON THIS DAY IN WWF HISTORY (December 23, 1999) – WWF SmackDown!
On this day in 1999, the World Wrestling Federation aired an episode of their weekly TV show ‘WWF SmackDown!’.
It was pre-taped at the Reunion Arena in Dallas, Texas and featured matches & storyline segments on the road to the ‘WWF Royal Rumble 2000’ PPV.
Here’s the card:
1. WWF Intercontinental Title: Chris Jericho vs. Hardcore Holly
2. Rikishi vs. Viscera
3. Test vs. Road Dogg
4. Kurt Angle vs. Edge
5. Steel Cage Match: The Rock vs. Al Snow
6. WWF World Women’s Title – Anything Goes Match: The Kat vs. Ivory
7. Christian & Jeff Hardy vs. TAKA Michinoku & Funaki
8. Kane vs. Mr. A$$
9. Mark Henry vs. Bubba Ray Dudley
10. WWF World Heavyweight Title: Big Show vs. Mankind
• Ric Flair Not Happy With How WWE Is Booking Charlotte Flair
During a recent edition of WWE’s After The Bell podcast, WWE commentator Corey Graves said the following about WWE’s booking of Charlotte Flair:
“In my opinion, Charlotte Flair has never felt less important than she does right now. This is Charlotte Flair we’re talking about. She has a resume a mile long. In the few short years, she has cemented herself as one, if not, the greatest female superstar in WWE history. By the time it’s all set and done, I’m pretty certain we will be referring to ‘The Queen’ as such.
But something about what’s been happening lately just feels off. This whole tag team thing with Charlotte finding a different partner week after week, it just doesn’t click. I’m not feeling it. It looks to me like Charlotte isn’t feeling it. You can see it on her face.
Charlotte Flair looks like she is going through the motions and getting through the night. I don’t mean this as an insult; she’s a close friend of mine. I have all the respect in the world for Charlotte and I’m not saying anything negative about her or her ability. I’m saying, what is happening around Charlotte Flair has made her feel less than Charlotte Flair for some reason.
Despite the fact that they (WWE) spent the better part of last year trying to kill one another (Flair and Becky Lynch) and all of a sudden they’re just pals. Charlotte Flair and Asuka at WrestleMania a couple of years ago was maybe the match of the year.
Charlotte Flair is one of the most exciting talents in all of the WWE. Maybe, even the best athlete in the entire business. Charlotte has the ability to be consistent. Let’s be honest here, Charlotte Flair carried WrestleMania 35 this year.
Yes, ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch won. Yes, Becky got all of the spotlight and the accolades and deservingly so, but, let’s be honest, if Charlotte Flair was not in that triple threat match there is no way that match was merely exciting or as successful as it was. I will argue that point to the death.
Charlotte Flair to me was the star of that matchup, because she’s a pro, and is highly talented. When she’s motivated, dare I say, untouchable.
I miss ‘The Queen,’ my queen. The villainous that just kicked everybody’s ass because she was superior. I don’t know how to bring it back. I think it’s a tough thing to fix, but it needs to come back.
Let Charlotte Flair take a little bit of a break. Let her take some time off and disappear from the public eye for a few months.
Let everyone remember why they miss Charlotte Flair. Why she is who she is. Allow me to reiterate once more; I want ‘The Queen’ back.”
The problem is: He’s not entirely wrong. https://t.co/1jVhA1oII9
— Charlotte Flair (@MsCharlotteWWE) December 5, 2019
During a recent interview with Wrestlinginc, Charlotte’s father, two time WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, addressed Corey’s comments and agreed that he doesn’t like how WWE is booking Charlotte:
“I am not happy with the way they are doing it; I guess she’s been put in that role.
Number one, I need to be left out of the equation because she has surpassed me in talent. She’s never gonna be around for 40 years which is why I’m still a household name. I think they look at it and say, ‘Well, she’s like her dad. She’ll do anything we want her to do because she’s a pro’.
I don’t think she’ll ever be bored with her storylines and not participate at its fullest. That part is wrong on Corey’s part.
But as far as her being the best athlete in the company, a Hall of Famer already, and being the biggest star of the women’s division, he’s spot on.”
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