Flair, who had been absent since Ronda Rousey beat her for the title at WrestleMania Backlash in May, returned on the December 30 episode of SmackDown and defeated Ronda Rousey to regain the gold. In doing so, she became a 14-time champion.
In a WWE Digital Exclusive, “The Queen” shared her thoughts in the aftermath of her return, and she stated that 2022 was a wonderful year for her.
“I’m a little speechless right now,” Flair said. “2022 was just the best year of my life. Even going back to the beginning, I was able to wrestle in Saudi Arabia for the first time. I hear Ronda Rousey for the first time at WrestleMania, which is always a bucket list. Then I got married, traveled the world with my husband, and then ending the year where I belong, where I’m home, it’s picture-perfect, fairytale.”
Flair went on to describe how she waited for the right time and opportunity to return from her first prolonged break in several years, and her strategy clearly worked out in her favor.
“This is the first time I’ve ever been away since 2015 so to come back, before my music hit, I was like, ‘Do I know how to be that serious?’ For eight months, I’ve gotten to, I never take off the crown, but I just kind of let it chill,” Flair said. ” So I’m just honored to be back, and payback to Ronda. I don’t know if she thought that I was just gonna let the last match, the “I Quit” Match go. When I went home, I thought to myself, ‘I’m a lot of things to a lot of different people, but the one thing I’m not is I’m not a quitter.’ So I just waited for the right opportunity, the right time, and I’m 14-time. It’s crazy.”