WWE Hits Charlotte Flair With Suspension, Massive Fine for Attacking WWE Raw Referee

This week's Monday Night Raw ended with Asuka getting a roll-up victory over Charlotte Flair thanks to an outside assist by Rhea Ripley. This sent Flair into a rage, repeatedly attacking the referee as a group of other refs repeatedly told her to leave the ring. WWE kept the angle going on Raw Talk by having Adam Pearce appear and announce that not only is "The Queen" suspended indefinitely, but she's been hit with a whopping $100,000 fine.

After being off television for several weeks and missing WrestleMania 37, Flair returned to television last week and promptly turned heel by calling out all of her critics and the other members of the Women's Division.

Part of Flair's absence from WrestleMania had to do with her testing positive for COVID-19 in the weeks leading up to the show. But before she even got the virus, Flair was suspended after a medical report incorrectly stated she was pregnant. Flair's finace Andrade broke that news several weeks back, prompting her team to release a response.

"What Manny [Andrade] said about the pregnancy test in today's interview is true, but a significant amount of context is lost in translation and we'd like to clear that up as best we can," the statement read. "A few weeks ago, Charlotte received a call from WWE medical telling her that her HCG levels had come back high and she was being medically suspended for pregnancy. That day, she took several home tests that all came back negative. A few days later, blood work and ultrasound confirmed there was no pregnancy. This was before any issues with Covid (she is currently medically clear)."

It's possible, though not confirmed as of yet, that this is how WWE writes Flair off so she can film the upcoming remake of Walking Tall for the USA Network. Reports of Flair signing on to the project broke in mid-March. It's also possible this is WWE's way of delaying the seemingly-inevitable match between Flair and Ripley for the Raw Women's Championship until later in the year.