Big sports leagues plagued by abbreviated seasons and schedule stoppages have dominated the COVID-19 era. Even so, a person firm has nonetheless to facial area this circumstance: World Wrestling Enjoyment. On Friday night, the 69-12 months-previous sports activities entertainment company’s popular WWE Smackdown program comes to Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. Since March 2020, the organization has skipped no months of televised programming.  

Now, as the entire world adjusts to a prolonged “new usual,” displays like WWE’s highlight how athletics can still deliver developed enjoyment selections in a demanding era.

Does pro wrestling still have cleaning soap opera factors? Positive. However — among quite a few items — it now also capabilities present-day WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Aptitude donning scarce manner snatched from New York’s Trend Week headlines and Paul Heyman presenting Brock Lesnar, arguably the most lucrative box-workplace draw in fashionable fight athletics historical past. 

In a ten years, Charlotte Aptitude — the daughter of iconic wrestler Ric Flair (“the kiss-stealing, wheelin’ and dealin’, son of a gun”) — is a 13-time WWE women’s globe winner (at present the WWE Smackdown Women’s Champion).

WWE Smackdown Women's Champion Charlotte Flair confronts Lita on the 1/14/22 edition of WWE Smackdown

Flair’s penchant for wearing haute couture from iconic fashion manufacturers or jewel-encrusted silk and velvet ring robes to the squared circle is a direct homage to her father.

“If you connect with on your own ‘The Possibility,’ you need to seem like it,” she reported. 

“As WWE superstars, it truly is significant that we are constantly wanting to improve, evolve, and get improved,” she adds.

To that issue, in new months, the presentation of her character has elevated (alongside with individuals like present-day WWE Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch, numerous-time WWE Globe Champion Seth “Freakin” Rollins, former women’s champ Carmella, and veteran championship-stage performer Bobby Lashley), benefitting from the strikingly outlandish work of New York, Atlanta, and Los Angeles-based mostly celebrity stylist and impression guide Troy “King Troi” Haynes. Along with WWE’s best, he is also styled the likes of Tiffany Haddish, Nick Cannon, and Jazmine Sullivan.