WWE Star Lynch Balances Motherhood, Blows Approach Rumble

Becky Lynch may have met her match for her toughest foe yet. Bianca Belair and Liv Morgan? No, defeated and thrown into the depth chart. Ric Flair? Not quite, largely because it’s a one-sided rivalry between the old man and the clouds from Nature Boy.

OKAY, Ronda Rousey? Hey, if the former UFC champ Lynch pinned at WrestleMania in 2019 wants a rematch, just name a date — say, the first weekend of April in Dallas – and here we go.

Wrestling fans are waiting for this match.

But the ” only lady “Lynch says her 13-month-old daughter, Roux, has a chance to take the WWE Raw Women’s Championship away from her.

She took a sabbatical as WWE’s version of ” The man and had piled on video game covers, red carpet poses and crossover opportunities at a faster rate than her winning streak, but she returned as a mom, eager to show off her growing toddler. that the doors have opened for women in professional wrestling have been knocked pretty hard by Lynch.

“One day, if my little girl wants to do this, there are no limits for her,” she said.

This working mom has a few more punches to deliver.

“I want to make sure that this year I have better games than last year,” she said. “And this year, I’m getting people talking more than I did last year. It’s just constantly wanting to elevate, one myself, and two, this company and the women who are going to follow me.

Lynch defends her WWE Raw Women’s Championship in one of Saturday’s showpiece matches at WWE’s Royal Rumble at The Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. Brock Lesnar and Roman Reigns are on the card. The same goes for “Jackass” star Johnny Knoxville, and don’t be surprised if rapper Bad Bunny also pops up.

The main attractions, of course, are the Men’s and Women’s Rumble where 30 competitors in each match compete to become the last wrestler standing to earn a title shot at WrestleMania.

Lynch won the Rumble in 2019 and competed in the WresleMania main event that year in a triple threat match that included Rousey. Lynch, 34, is putting his title on the line this year against Doudrop. Her husband, star Seth Rollins, fights Reigns for the WWE Smackdown Championship.

Lesnar puts the WWE belt on the line against Bobby Lashley, and Edge and Beth Phoenix wrestle The Miz and Maryse in a mixed married couples match. Edge won the Rumble last year.

The 48-year-old Edge, considered one of WWE’s greatest performers of all time, knows a little about coming back from a break. The Canadian was diagnosed with cervical spinal stenosis and forced to retire in 2011. He gave a tearful retirement speech on an episode of WWE’s flagship show “Raw,” was inducted into the company’s Hall of Fame, and carved out a niche as an actor.

And he had left his life as a Rated-R Superstar.

“I haven’t watched for a while, period,” he said backstage at a WWE stoppage this month in Philadelphia. “It was my time of mourning.”

Edge, born Adam Copeland, was told over a decade ago that there was “no option” and that his career was truly over. He had recurring roles on two TV shows that helped ease the sting of no longer being able to deliver spears to packed houses around the world.

“It was still tough, but it would have been a very emotional rollercoaster if I hadn’t realized that was it,” he said. “I had to come to terms with it. Fortunately, the game fell on me, so I was able to dive into another creative outlet. I think if I didn’t have that, it would have been a much different decade. for me.

He also married Phoenix – another retired WWE Hall of Famer, enjoying a new career as a wrestling announcer.

Edge underwent triple fusion surgery and was eventually cleared to return. He made a return to the 2020 Royal Rumble, an event anyone can attend known for surprising former stars and nostalgia hitting the crowd as the clock ticks down to zero. Edge has handled the grind in ruthless feuds with Rollins and Randy Orton for the past two years, and is now getting a second act with his wife to show, like Lynch, their young daughters that mom and dad can still get in the ring. .

“Even when I got the OK to come back, we never assumed we would interact onscreen,” Edge said.

Phoenix also put her in-ring career largely behind her, raising children and had returned to school to prepare for the next stage of her life.

“I had no intention of getting back in the ring just because our women’s division was so hot and growing,” she said.

Lynch helped lead the explosion of women’s wrestling in WWE and marketed herself as “the man” as she became arguably the company’s most popular star. She came back last summer with a bit of a naughty side and an extravagant wardrobe and is called ” Big Time Becks.”

WWE Hall of Famer Flair has legitimately seized that he has the sole right to call himself “the man”.

“When it’s time for The Man to come back, The Man will come back,” Lynch said. “Big Time Becks is what we’re going to do now. But we have it. Just so you know.

Lynch and Rollins have their own bus and take their daughter on the road, even to WWE stops in Saudi Arabia.

“She’s a little road warrior,” Lynch said.

What a race.

And just maybe, Roux can call both parents champions after the Rumble.