Becky Lynch spoke to Sports Illustrated on the one year anniversary of ”The Man” and her journey towards where she is today. The following are some of the highlights from the interview.
On trying to stay on TV after her injury:
I wasn’t letting that moment slip away, so I showed up the next day at TV in St. Louis, concussed out of my mind, begging to work, begging to be cleared. I told anyone who would listen I was fine even though, clearly, I wasn’t. There have been so many times in my career where I thought I was hot, thought I had momentum, then I was taken off TV and it slipped away. But there was no way I was letting this slip past me. I wanted to make wrestling the coolest thing on TV. That was my goal, and I wasn’t going to stop trying to make that a reality.
When she became The Man she had planned to be a heel. She wanted to show off edge and her villainous persona:
I certainly tried. But I could hear a wave of disappointment when I’d cut promos on the crowd. I was willing to go without them, but they wouldn’t let me. And the reason I’ve been able to have this phenomenal year is because of the fans.
She constantly uses social media to elevate her feuds and that has helped her get even more over with the fans. For her, that connection is more important than anything:
Wrestling is 20% about the matches and 80% about how you engage with the people who care about you. I remember walking through the building at WrestleMania 35, passing by The Undertaker and Hulk Hogan. I’d idolized them when I was younger, and now they’d be watching me in the main event. And that’s something I accomplished with the help of these people.
When it comes to the future, she feels satisfied, except for one thing:
I’m exactly where I want to be, but there’s always more work to be done. The world still needs that one-on-match with Ronda Rousey. Whenever she’s ready, I’ll be here, still holding down the fort in WWE.