Former Division I Volleyball Player Wins Women's Gold at Wrestlemania

What You Get With FloPro
By Marc Raimondi

Before she was Charlotte, the WWE women's champion was a standout indoor volleyball player.

Ashley Fliehr, whose pro-wrestling character's name is Charlotte, won the WWE women's title Sunday night at Wrestlemania 32 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Earlier in the night, the WWE Divas title was retired to make room for the most appropriately named women's title. Fliehr was the Divas champ and took home the women's belt in a triple threat match against Sasha Banks and Becky Lynch.

[instagram url="https://www.instagram.com/p/BDygYf3L6P0/?taken-by=charlottewwe" hide_caption="0"]

Fliehr, 29, is known for her incredible athleticism in the ring, so it should come as no surprise that she was a Division I volleyball athlete at Appalachian State about a decade ago. Appalachian State signed the Charlotte native (hence the nickname) after Fliehr has an outstanding career at Providence HS, helping the squad win two 4A state titles.

In high school, Fliehr, a 5-foot-10 outside hitter, won 4A all-conference honors three times, won the 2003 4A conference tournament MVP award and was the Southwestern Conference 4A Player of the Year that same season.

[instagram url="https://www.instagram.com/p/dRrNbPr6Do/" hide_caption="0"]

Fliehr ended up transferring from Appalachian State and getting her degree at North Carolina State, where she didn't play volleyball. Fliehr was bound to pursue another form of athletics anyway -- pro wrestling. Her father is Ric Flair, the legendary former multiple-time WWE, WCW and NWA champion. Flair is considered one of the greatest wrestlers and entertainers in the history of the business. And all of his children ended up following in his footsteps to some degree.

It was his daughter, though, that has done the most in sports entertainment. She won the WWE Divas title in September and not lost the crown yet.

Fliehr is considered one of the best female wrestlers in the world right now and her career is only about three years old. It might be in the ring and not the court, but Fliehr is on her way to becoming a legend in women's athletics. The endings in pro wrestling might be pre-determined, but that takes little away from Fliehr's substantial abilities and athleticism.

U.S. Men Finalize 25-Player FIVB Volleyball Nations League Roster

U.S. Men’s National Team head coach John Speraw has finalized his 25-player roster for the fast-approaching 2019 Volleyball Nations League tournament. 

Defending Champion USA Puts Away Resilient Japan

Japan vs United States | Women's VNL

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

Haleigh Washington picked up where Annie Drews had left off the previous night and Jordan Thompson came on off the bench in the third set to guide USA back on track, as the defending champions outplayed Japan 3-1 (25-21, 24-26, 25-21, 25-20) Wednesday for their second win in as many matches at the 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League.

Americans Roar Out Of The VNL Gates, Dominate Belgium

Belgium vs United States | Women's VNL

Unlock this video, live events, and more with a subscription!

Get Started

Already a subscriber? Log In

It took a little bit of concentration to seal the first set, but USA got off to a cracking start in the 2019 FIVB Women's Volleyball Nations League as they began the defence of last year's title with a solid and convincing 3-0 (25-23, 25-8, 25-22) win over Belgium at Ruse.

VNL Week 1 Preview: New-Look USA Heads To Bulgaria

null

The U.S. Women’s National Team kicks off its 2019 season on the road in Ruse, Bulgaria, for the first of five weeks of Volleyball Nations League pool play. 

2019 FIVB VNL Preview: Korea Women's National Team

null

Korea’s national women’s volleyball team is on the verge of a new era as it is set to welcome new Italian coach Stefano Lavarini into the fold. 

2019 FIVB VNL Preview: Germany Women's National Team

null

As Germany steps onto the court of the FIVB VNL 2019, it will also step into a new era as it undergoes changes and improvements to its young team. 

2019 FIVB VNL Preview: Belgium Women's National Team

Belgium’s women’s national team did just enough at last year’s competition to continue playing in the FIVB VNL 2019. 

The Internet's Most Super CEV Champions League Superfinal Preview

By the time the 2018-19 CEV Champions League women’s Super Final rolls around on May 18, there will be absolutely nothing left unknown between the finalists Imoco Volley Conegliano and Igor Gorgonzola Novara. 

A Closer Look At The Final VNL Roster For The USA Women

null

The picture of the group that will don the red, white and blue jerseys, and represent the USA in this summer’s women’s Volleyball Nations League is coming into focus. 

U.S. Women Finalize 25-Player FIVB Volleyball Nations League Roster

null

The U.S. Women's National Team officially announced the 25 players who will represent the country in the upcoming 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.