Becky Lynch Spoke About Being The Man And Making Women’s Wrestling Cool


Becky Lynch is a great wrestler, but she’s also a genuinely fantastic talker. She finally got to cut a solo promo on Smackdown Live this week, which did a lot to make up for everything that’s come before in the built to the main event of WrestleMania. As she prepares to face Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in a winner-takes-all match for both WWE Women’s Championships, Becky did some more talking in an interview with, and it was clear that some parts were more kayfabe than others. First of all, she spoke about the on-screen dissolution of her friendship with Charlotte Flair:

There’s folks here that are grinding and scratching and clawing, but she’s always gonna get it, always gonna get the big matches, the press opportunities, the things that I have begged for for years, and of course she was fine with me being in the background and me not getting all those things, and then when I broke out, when I said enough is enough, then she had a huge problem with it, and then everything changed.

I think everybody has that one friend, or that one person, who’s just leeching, just taking everything they get, just leave you the scraps and expect you to be grateful.

She sounded a bit more sincere, on the other hand, when she spoke about realizing her dreams of changing the image of women’s wrestling:

When I came over [to NXT from Ireland], that’s what I said, I said I wanted to make women’s wrestling cool. I love this business, I love it so freaking much, I just want people to love it the way I love it, and if I can be entertaining to people, if I can get people to feel something about it—that means everything to me. This is the industry I love more than anything. This is the reason why I left [home] when I was freaking 15 and slept on couches and lived on $30 a show, you know?

She goes on to explain that using the nickname The Man, which is of course a Ric Flair reference, isn’t meant to disrespect women.

[It] makes people’s minds explode. Which is hilarious. It does get a few people backed up, which is good in itself. [But] it’s not about gender and it’s not about belittling women. I’ve been an advocate for women’s wrestling since I started. I’ve always wanted to change the game, that’s what I’ve been trying to do, and that’s what I’ve been doing.

You can read the whole interview, including some thoughts about the Four Horsewomen, over at Fanbyte.