Was there any doubt that The Man would occupy the #1 position? 2019 was her year in more ways than just one. After losing the opportunity to face Ronda Rousey at 2018 Survivor Series, she made it known that she would do it anyway, no matter what. But first, she had to defend her SmackDown Women’s title and she did it in the main event of TLC PPV in the first-ever women’s Tables, Ladder and Chairs match. In the end, Rousey interfered and cost Flair and Lynch the match, allowing Asuka to win.
In the first SmackDown episode of 2019, she teamed up with none other than John Cena to defeat Andrade and Zelina Vega. Soon after the match, she let Cena know that she runs the place now. The following week she won a #1 Contenders Triple Threat in the main event of SmackDown, defeating Flair and Carmella. She defeated Peyton Royce a week later in an impromptu match.
At Royal Rumble PPV, she gave it her all against Asuka, but couldn’t regain her title, tapping out to The Empress of Tomorrow. That wasn’t the end of her night, though, as she triumphantly entered the women’s Royal Rumble match, later on that night, officially replacing Lana. She eliminated the woman who injured her, Nia Jax, and ultimately, threw out her arch-nemesis, Charlotte Flair, to win the Rumble.
The following night, she chose Ronda Rousey as her WrestleMania opponent. As her injury storyline began, she refused to seek medical attention and was suspended for 2 months, allowing Vince McMahon to replace her with Charlotte Flair. After a month of multiple surprise attacks, she was reinstated after an apology to The McMahons and faced Flair at Fastlane for a chance to return to the WM match. She won it by DQ after Rousey interfered and purposely hit her in the stomach.
She then won Beat the Clock challenge between her and her WrestleMania opponents, submitting Liv Morgan to win. The three of them defeated The Riott Squad in a Tag Team match the following week, which was followed by a chaotic brawl. At WrestleMania, the three of them became the first women to main event The Grandest Stage of Them All. She became the first woman to pin Rousey in WWE and thus won both Raw and SmackDown Women’s Championships in what was a winner-takes-all match.
She then decided to call herself Becky 2 Belts, and was allowed to show up on both brands. The night after WM, she entered a feud with Lacey Evans. She defeated Ruby Riott, Alicia Fox and Bayley to continue her momentum and at Money In The Bank PPV, was set to defend both of her titles, against Lacey Evans and Charlotte Flair. She successfully retained the Raw Women’s title over Evans, but lost the SmackDown title to Flair due to an interference from Evans.
After the PPV, she primarily competed in Tag Team matches with Nikki Cross and Bayley, defeating the likes of The IIconics, Evans and Flair. At Stomping Grounds, she once again successfully retained her Raw Women’s title against Evans. The feud was not over there, though, as Evans was revealed to be a special guest referee later on that night, aligning with Baron Corbin. Lynch helped her boyfriend, Seth Rollins, to overcome them.
After acknowledging their relationship, Lynch and Rollins teamed up twice to defeat Maria and Mike Kanellis, and Zelina Vega and Andrade. At Extreme Rules, they defended their titles in a winners-take-all Extreme Rules match, which main evented the PPV. Rollins pinned Corbin to retain both of their titles and subsequently, Evans was not allowed to challenge Lynch to a title match anymore.
After the PPV, she had two singles victories over Nikki Cross and Alexa Bliss and soon entered a brief feud with Natalya. It culminated in a Submission match at SummerSlam, where Lynch retained her title, winning with DisarmHer. Then, she entered a feud with the returning Sasha Banks, facing her at Clash of Champions PPV. After a competitive match, Lynch attacked Banks with a chair to cause a DQ and beat her all over the arena.
She then teamed up with Flair to defeat the team of Bayley and Banks in SmackDown’s FOX premiere. At Hell In A Cell PPV, she defended her title against Banks in the second-ever women’s Hell in a Cell match. After more than 20 minutes, Lynch successfully submitted Banks to retain her title. The following night, she teamed up with Flair to take on The Kabuki Warriors, where she lost her first TV match in over a year. Kairi Sane rolled her up following a mist attack by Asuka.
On the Raw portion of the draft, she defeated Charlotte once again to gain the advantage for Team Raw. Two weeks later, she faced and defeated Kairi Sane in a singles match. She then teamed up with Flair to challenge The Kabuki Warriors for the Women’s Tag Team titles. She was rolled up by Asuka following an interference from Shayna Baszler.
During the brand supremacy build-up, she faced Rhea Ripley in the opening match of NXT, which ended in no contest, following an interference from the NXT women’s division. At Survivor Series she faced Shayna Baszler and Bayley in a Triple Threat champions showcase match, main eventing the PPV. Baszler won by submitting Bayley, but Lynch quickly took her out after the match, showing who still runs the women’s division. That night, she also became the new longest-reigning Raw Women’s Champion, surpassing Ronda Rousey’s record.
2019 was the pinnacle of the women’s evolution in WWE and Becky Lynch exemplified it when she won the first-ever women’s WrestleMania main event and walked out with not one, but two Women’s titles. In the span of a year, she has main evented four PPVs, defeated almost an entire women’s division and her reign is still going strong. 2019 was the year of The Man and 2020 won’t be far from it, she still is one of the most popular Superstars in WWE.
Congratulations to Becky Lynch for topping our very first year-end list and thank you all for counting it down with us!