Charlotte Flair: Last Woman Standing Match With Becky Lynch Was My Best Performance Yet
WWE superstar Charlotte Flair believes the Last Woman Standing match with Becky Lynch was her "best performance so far".
The former best friends slugged it over the Smackdown Women's Championship at Evolution, the first ever all women's pay-per-view in the history of WWE.
They produced a gruelling, physical encounter that went nearly 30 minutes and stole the show at Nassau Coliseum, with the bout so breathtaking that it's already been called the Match of the Year so far, in addition to many viewing it as the greatest women's match in WWE history.
Even in defeat, six-time women's champion Charlotte thinks it's the best work she's produced to date.
"It was a culmination of learning, us being best friends and it being the all-women's pay-per-view," Charlotte told SPORTbible when asked about the match.
"It's a chance for all the women to show what they have and say, 'No, I'm the best!' - it just raises the bar.
"That's why I like having two brands; Smackdown wants to be better than Raw, Raw wants to be better than Smackdown - it creates competition and you have to have competition.
"I think [the] Last Woman Standing [match] has been my best performance so far."
The Genetically Superior Athlete is quite possibly the best female wrestler on the planet today and has been involved in a plethora of incredible matches going back to the NXT days.
But as a self-confessed "overthinker", she is never one to dwell on a past match and is always thinking how she can continue to improve.
"Well, I watched it back and I was like, 'I should've done this differently!' - I never want to walk away and be like, 'This was the best ever' because you can always do something better," the 32-year old added.
"But I just know Becky and I went in to Evolution wanting to steal the show and wanting to have a match that would stand the test of time and I think we did that because of how much emotion was put into it.
"Everyone can relate to a best friend story whether you're on Becky's side or whether you're on my side, you understand it and I think people genuinely saw how close we are or were throughout the years."
In taking part in the first ever last women's standing match in WWE, Charlotte ticked another high-profile stipulation match off the list at Evolution, following on from competing in Hell in a Cell, Ironwoman and Falls Count Anywhere matches.
This match in particular tested Charlotte's abilities because of how different it is and the fact pinfalls are out of the equation.
"I was actually nervous about the Last Woman Standing match match because not having a count or a pinfall, I've never had one of these. At least with the Falls Count Anywhere you're still getting a count!
"I think the last women's standing match has to be the most challenging but I wish I could go back and redo my Hell in a Cell match because I wish I was the talent back then that I am now and I would have done so many things different and better."
The Queen has been on WWE's main roster for three years now and her improvement has been astronomical. Athletically, there's seemingly nothing she cannot do but what really got fans so invested in her last match was the use of psychology.
"If you look at the Last Woman Standing match, it was the storytelling, the emotion, the psychology and the selling.
"Just in the last six months I feel like things are clicking. I've been able to be a bad guy and I've been able to be a good guy so I see what each side needs but once you figure out it's all about having a connection with the audience, it's not about the moves - you just put the moves where you want."
Given her father, The Nature Boy Ric Flair, is a two-time Hall of Famer and one of the greatest to ever step into the squared circle, Charlotte couldn't ask for a better person to absorb information and knowledge off.
The 16-time world champion keeps his daughter updated on the happenings on Raw, regularly attends her marquee matches and is always there for a helping hand.
"I remember walking out at Hell in a Cell and I asked what if they don't buy it and he said, 'Oh, just call it out there, feel it' and I'm just like, 'WHAT?!'.
"He helps me more with confidence, just when you first walk out of Gorilla that's the most important moment because if you believe in yourself no matter whether you are a good guy or bad guy, the audience is going to believe in you.
"He helps me with presence and believing in myself because I feel like that's half the battle; having the confidence in the ring.
"You can have all the moves in the book but if you don't take a moment to really soak in, embrace and really demand that attention. It's something you can't teach."