- 06 Oct 16
Having recently won the WWE Smackdown Women’s Championship, Dublin-born “Lass-Kicker” Becky Lynch has the world at her feet. Edwin McFee met the current queen of the ring to hear about her brief retirement, the rigours of the road, her life as a role model and more.
For WWE Superstar Becky Lynch, September 11, 2016 is a date which will be indelibly inked on her mind long after she hangs up her wrestling boots. You see, on that night, at Virginia’s Richmond Coliseum during their Backlash pay per view, she fended off five other women to be crowned the first ever Smackdown Women’s Champion. Needless to say, in the words of Ron Burgundy, “it’s kind of a big deal” in the bone crunching, body-slamming world of professional wrestling. So much so in fact, that it made global news as millions tuned in to watch Becky have her own Rocky Balboa moment after many years of false starts both in her storylines and real life. In music terms, the self proclaimed “Lass-Kicker” is akin to Joshua Tree-era U2.
“It hasn’t really sunk in yet,” beams the grappler born Rebecca Quin when we catch up with her 48 hours after her historic moment. “I did take a little bit of time to think about it all and write some things down, although I always write everything down. Today, I did a children’s hospital visit, and when the kids saw the title they got so excited. That made it all a little bit more real for me.”
Founded by the McMahon family, WWE is a billion dollar corporation and Lynch is one of its brightest stars. Regarded as something of a role model, Becky is regularly mobbed by fans who dress like her and she tells us she’s thrilled to inspire the next generation.