Everybody loves a pro wrestling press junket, of the kind that happens the weekend of WWE’s Big Four shows, because so much of it is people from websites sticking mics in the faces of worked-up wrestlers who’ve probably been awake a long time, and getting off-the-cuff answers that often blur the line between real-world interview and unscripted wrestling promo. For example, Sky Sports caught up with Becky Lynch at a SummerSlam press event, and instead of asking her first about Ronda Rousey, like we did, he led with a question from the internet about whether or not she’d like to face Sasha Banks, who’s been keeping her distance from WWE and focusing on her social media ever since WrestleMania 35.
Here’s what Becky had to say to a match with Sasha Banks:
Oh yeah, if Sasha Banks could hack it, and she didn’t just get her jacket and cheese off crying, like Ronda Rousey, then I would love to face her. But unfortunately she couldn’t take losing. She lost the tag team championship and she was gone! She was gone! Some people can’t hack losing. They can’t step up. They can’t realize that when you lose, it’s just a chance to get better, it’s a chance to learn, and it’s a chance to grow. Instead she wants to talk about, “Oh the freaking wind and the butterflies and the freaking cocoons. And I’m a rabbit that’s coming from the Earth and the soil.” And whatever else she wants to put on her little freaking social media crap. Come find me Sasha, if you want it!
I love this because it’s so perfectly kayfabe, while still having a recognizable subtext where what Becky’s actually doing is inviting her friend back into the fold, and setting up a story they can tell when she gets there.