Sonya Deville Furious with Charlotte Flair, FOX Removes Flair Title Drop from SmackDown Re-Air

Oct 25, 2021 - by Bill Fenbers

While the talk has been mainly about Charlotte Flair and the way she handled the Championship Exchange with Becky Lynch to close out the October 22 Friday Night SmackDown, it’s been overlooked that Sonya Deville was also in the ring during with the two champions.

The Championship Exchange was supposed to see Charlotte and “The Man” switch titles due to both now being on the opposite show, due to the WWE Draft.

Deville joined Becky Lynch and most of the WWE locker room in their anger towards Charlotte for the way she handled the in-ring Championship Exchange to close out the show, which included Charlotte throwing the RAW Women’s Championship to the ring, only to pick it back up and hand it to Deville after Deville demanded her to.

From Mike Johnson at PW Insider: “The Lynch confrontation took place in the gorilla position in full view of Vince McMahon and Bruce Prichard, among others and received the lion’s share of attention initially, but Lynch was not the only person upset with Flair.  Two different sources described Sonya Deville as “mad enough to want to fight Flair” and at one point, also having an argument with Flair backstage at Smackdown.”

After the show went off the air, Lynch came back out for a dark match, while Charlotte was escorted out of the arena in Wichita to avoid another backstage conflict after Lynch’s match; there had already been one altercation, which did not get physical, after Lynch accused Charlotte of making her look bad during the in-ring segment.

Needing to fill airtime on Saturday, October 23 due to the MLB American League Championship Series ending the night before, FOX opted to re-air SmackDown, but Charlotte dropping her title to the mat was edited out of the rebroadcast.

Sources: PW Insider, Ringside News, TalkSport



7 Responses

  1. John says:

    Yeah Sonya looked extremely angry just listen to the tone of her voice when she told Flair to pick up the belt. Sonya looked like she wanted to harm Flair. Sonya was legit shock when Flair dropped the belt just watching her facial reaction.

  2. John says:

    Don’t know if I can type “beat up” in the comments sections

  3. Adam says:

    Honestly, Flair of all people should understand and command respect for titles she herself help build. The fact that she discarded the SD Title to the ground should be grounds for legit disciplinary action. It seems Charlotte has gotten to big for her britches and quite honestly, I’m ashamed of her actions…not that she cares, lol. But you get my point. I can’t believe Vince is going to let that go. If anything, we know how Vince reveres his title belts. And rightly so. If Charlotte can’t respect the titles, let her go to AEW with Andrade…

  4. Kyle Christie says:

    These articles seem to not mention that when Becky threw the SD title at Charlotte, she caught it, held it a few secs then just dropped it for no reason. That’s just as bad as her throwing the Raw title too. Stupid segment that could have been avoided. I understand Sonya’s fury too, she was like a parent dealing with 2 bratty kids that wouldn’t give up their toys.

  5. art123guy says:

    @Adam–“Honestly, Flair of all people should understand and command respect for titles she herself help build.” She showed the same respect the writers and Vince have for the titles. It was their brilliant idea of having the champs ‘exchange’ titles rather than compete for them. From what I’ve read, BOTH Charlotte and Becky didn’t like the segment and pitched different ideas. At the end of the day, both shoulda lost their belts before they left for their new shows.

  6. Luke says:

    “Vince reveres his title belts”
    Come on, now that’s just silly on so many levels…

  7. Stonz says:

    If Vince revered his belts so much, they wouldn’t look so similar to one another. That right there, to me, devalues the titles.

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