What began as a friendly rivalry has escalated into a heated contest of one-upmanship ever since Charlotte’s father, WWE Hall of Famer Ric Flair, began seconding his daughter. The influence of “The Dirtiest Player in the Game” clearly rubbed off on Charlotte, as the reigning Divas Champion began incorporating illegal tactics to get the better of her opponents — Becky included.
During a non-title match between the two on the Jan. 4 edition of Raw, The Nature Boy made his presence felt, interfering behind the referee’s back. Becky withstood the distraction and even fought fire with fire, resorting to the very Flair-like strategy of pulling Charlotte’s trunks to score the pin. Upset by The Irish Lass Kicker’s desperation move, Charlotte attacked her former friend from behind.
Becky nearly captured the Divas Title in a championship match days later on SmackDown when she locked Charlotte in the Dis-arm-her submission hold. Though the champion visibly tapped out, Flair placed Charlotte’s foot on the bottom rope, forcing Becky to release the move. Moments later, and with her own feet illegally on the ropes for added leverage, Charlotte pinned Becky.
Enraged that she had again been trumped by underhanded means, Becky demanded another title contest at Royal Rumble, a challenge that was ultimately accepted on the Jan. 18 edition of Raw.
Which Diva will be savvy enough to escape with the butterfly-emblazoned title this Sunday? Will Becky make the champion submit to her painful armbar, or will The Nature Boy ensure Charlotte remains the titleholder?
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