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.

VakifBank Istanbul Wins Third World Title

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloVolleyball!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Minas Tenis Clube vs VakifBank Istanbul | 2018 FIVB

Both Turkish teams competing in the gold- and bronze-medal matches at the 2018 FIVB Women’s Club World Championships celebrated victory on Sunday. Now-three-time world champ VakifBank Istanbul defeated Minas Tenis Clube of Brazil in the championship match, and Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul swept Praia Clube to take third.

Minas Tenis Clube, VakifBank Istanbul Headed For Gold Medal Match

With clutch semifinal victories, Minas Tenis Clube and VakifBank Istanbul are heading to the gold-medal match of the 2018 FIVB Women’s Club World Championships. 

Turkish Squads Lead Charge Into Club Worlds Semis

Eczacibasi VirtA Istanbul and VakifBank Istanbul went undefeated in the group stage of the 2018 FIVB Women’s Club World Championships to win their respective pools and advance to the semifinals. 

Get To Know The 2018 UA All-American Setters

Having a skilled setter at the controls can elevate a good team to greatness. Conversely, even a team stacked with great hitters will struggle if they don't have a good setter. 

Get To Know The 2018 UA All-American Middle Blockers

Often the most physically imposing player on the court, middle blockers also have to be quick-thinking and agile. 

FIVB Women's Club World Championship Preview

If you thought your chance to watch elite women’s professional volleyball ended for the year when Serbia won the 2018 FIVB Women’s World Championship, think again. 

Trentino Wins Fifth FIVB World Club Gold Medal

Join PRO Now to Get Unlimited Access to FloVolleyball!

Join Now

Already a PRO Member? Log In

Cucine Lube vs. Trentino Volley

Heading into Sunday’s FIVB Men’s Club World Championship Final in Czestochowa, Poland, Trentino Volley of the Italian SuperLega was already the most decorated team in the history of the event. 

Serie A1 December Notebook

For an American volleyball fan, it’s a great time to start following the women’s top Italian League, Serie A1. All but two of the 13 teams in the league have Americans on their rosters, and some of the world’s top players are also competing in Italy this year.

Cucine Lube Civitanova, Diatecx Trentino To Meet In Finals

Cucine Lube Civitanova and Diatecx Trentino Volleyball will meet in the gold medal match of the 2018 FIVB Men’s Club World Championship, making a loud statement about the dominance of Italy’s SuperLega. 

Semifinalists Determined, Reigning Champ Gone At World Club Championships

Before the final day of pool play competition even began, the semifinalists of the 2018 FIVB Club World Championship had already been determined, and, in an unexpected turn of events, reigning Russian, European, and World Champ Zenit Kazan was not in the quartet of teams moving on to the next round.