Charlotte Talks Women’s Title vs. Divas Title, Being a Heel and a Role Model, WWE WrestleMania 32

– WWE Divas Champion Charlotte recently spoke with the USA Today High School Sports website to talk “Girls Sports Month” and WrestleMania 32. The full interview can be found at this link. Below are highlights:

Q: You have indicated that you’d like the Divas championship to return to being called the women’s championship. The NXT title is now known as the women’s title. Why is that important to you?

A: It’s an honor having the Divas championship and there is lots of history behind the Divas championship. I look at it as a new beginning for women’s wrestling so let’s have a new title. While I’m honored to have the Divas championship, this is 2016 — Let’s make it the women’s championship. But I will be privileged to represent women’s wrestling with a women’s championship or the Divas championship.

Q: A big part of the Divas Revolution – and being a WWE Superstar – is being a role model, especially with the younger portion of the audience. Now that you are a heel, is it harder to represent that notion?

A: It is. My first thought in going heel mode was I’m not going to be able to portray who I am and what I’m like in real life. I think Stephanie McMahon is who I’m trying mold myself after. She is the biggest villain on TV, but there is no one who is more empowering for women than Stephanie McMahon.

I play that character and then portray who I am and what I stand for whenever I get the chance. I don’t look like a typical model. I’m strong, athletic and can kick butt like men can. That’s what I hope people take away from my character.

Q: So I’d be remiss if I didn’t ask about WrestleMania. You’ve been there to watch and were involved in Triple H’s entrance a few years ago, but it’s the first time being in the ring. The excitement has to be building?

A: It’s giving my goosebumps just thinking about it. I really hope with all the hard work that all the women have done in the last few months that WrestleMania is a huge payoff for us. I’m hoping we’ll get the time and and be able to show the world on the grandest stage that we’re not divas, we’re superstars. This is an opportunity to treat women as women at WrestleMania and we’re going to steal the show. I don’t even know the right words here, but we’re going to be highlighted on something on that level with the largest crowd ever and people all over the world watching us. It’s amazing how far women have come.

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