Shortly after Becky Lynch lost the Smackdown Women’s Championship, she gained a new aspect of her character, the incorporation of her real-life relationship with Seth Rollins into kayfabe. Since then, The Man has both defended her Raw Women’s Championship and been part of storylines with Rollins, saving him at Stomping Grounds and teaming with him in the main event of Extreme Rules.
After the announcement that she and Rollins would take on Baron Corbin and Lacey Evans in a mixed tag match, Lynch called the onscreen coupling of the characters who were then both champions as well as boyfriend and girlfriend “inevitable.”
In a recent interview with talkSPORT, she admitted she wasn’t initially on board with the idea, saying:
“Honestly, I was very apprehensive. What I didn’t want was everybody talking about the relationship. What I wanted was two badasses, two people at the top of their game fighting side-by-side. Not for the world to be reminded every five minutes that this is Becky Lynch’s boyfriend or that’s Seth Rollins’ girlfriend. Which, of course, they didn’t do. They were the masters of subtlety…
“So, for that reason, I was apprehensive. But when I thought about it, I was like, okay. One, we’re going to make this a badass fight, it’s going to be a great fight. No matter what, you know when you put me and Seth Rollins in a fight you’re going to get pure passion and we’re going to pull out all the stops. But in terms of having my relationship be the freaking, be the front and center, that’s not what I’m about. That’s not what I’ve worked towards. That’s not what I wanted.”
Lynch added that she still wanted, “to work with Seth because he’s the best in the business – you know, besides me.”
The Extreme Rules main event ended up playing up Lynch and Rollins’ romantic relationship, with Evans trying to seduce Seth/psych-out Becky by trying to seduce Seth and Rollins winning the match fueled by rage at Corbin End of Days-ing his girlfriend. However, it did also include both babyfaces getting to do some pretty cool things. Still, it seems very possible that Lynch could still be less than thrilled about how WWE is portraying her relationship on-screen.