Charlotte Flair’s sudden absence from WWE television and WrestleMania promotion goes beyond her COVID-19 diagnosis.
The 34-year-old’s fiancé Andrade, a fellow wrestler whom WWE recently released at his request, told Hugo Savinovich on the Lucha Libre Online Facebook page Monday that WWE medical personnel told Flair she was pregnant – but it turned out she wasn’t.
“About 15 days ago, two things happened. When I asked for my release, it was on a Monday. The following day, I had things with the company and I got COVID and my girlfriend also tested positive,” Andrade said in Spanish, according to a translation by Carlos Toro for Fightful.
Andrade then said, according to the translation, that roughly three weeks ago Flair received a call from the same WWE doctor who told Andrade last year he was suspended for violating the company’s wellness policy.
“She was a little scared, asking, ‘What’s happening, what’s going on?’” Andrade said. “They told her that she was pregnant. She was confused because we went to a pharmacy. We bought pregnancy tests and everything went negative.
“How does a doctor, supposedly one of the best, go and tell her that? It was the same doctor who said I tested positive. Was that a lie too? WWE didn’t do anything about, no blood testing to make sure. So, it fell on us to go the next day and get tested to see if she was really pregnant. We did that on our own. Only then afterwards, WWE offered to help. But they took her out of storylines because ‘she wasn’t cleared because she was pregnant.’ Four days after more testing, WWE didn’t say anything. They pulled her out of storylines.”
Flair’s “camp” then released a statement to Alex McCarthy of talkSPORT in which they confirmed the pregnancy story, but said there was context “lost in translation.”
“A few weeks ago, Charlotte received a call from WWE medical telling her that her HCG levels had come back high and she as being medically suspended for pregnancy,” the statement said. “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.”
That all happened before Flair tested positive for COVID-19, per Flair’s camp.
“This put a lot in context for her, mainly how small a woman’s career window is,” the statement continued. “The men are able to work well into their 50s while the women are seen as ‘older’ in their early 30s even. For an athlete in her prime, these years mean everything.
“Her issue was with the process and how the information was relayed as opposed to the information itself.”
Flair remained off television during Monday’s episode of “Monday Night Raw.” WrestleMania will be held on April 10 and 11 in Tampa.
WWE did not respond to a request for comment.