Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch. Image Credits: Bleacher Report

Rebecca Quin (born 30 January 1987) is an Irish professional wrestler and currently signed to WWE on Raw brand under the ring name Becky Lynch. Although being one of the biggest and highest-paid stars of WWE but as of May 2020, she is on maternity leave. In June 2002, Becky Lynch began training as a professional wrestler and initially started working in Ireland.

She would occasionally team with her brother and soon expanded her career into the rest of Europe and North America on the independent circuit. She wrestled regularly for various promotions, competing in Elite Canadian Championship Wrestling. In June 2005, Becky Lynch became the inaugural SuperGirls Champion.

The following year, in September 2006, she suffered a head injury during a match and had to be away from professional wrestling for a few years. Becky Lynch returned in late 2012 and the following year in 2013, she signed a contract with the World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) drafting for the then-developmental territory NXT.

Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch. Image Credits: WWE

After arriving on WWE’s main roster, she became the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion at Backlash 2016, holding the title thrice till now. In 2018, starting at SummerSlam, Becky Lynch transitioned towards a more aggressive character, attacking Charlotte Flair, presenting herself as an unfairly-treated underdog. She also dubbed herself “The Man,” as this resulted in a large increase in her popularity and fan support.

She won a Royal Rumble match and at WrestleMania 35, in what was the first time women headlined a WrestleMania event. Lynch won both the Raw Women’s Championship and SmackDown Women’s Championship, making her a double champion and became the only woman to hold both titles simultaneously. Meanwhile, she also became a four-time women’s champion in WWE.

Quin lost the SmackDown title the following month but went on to set the record for the longest reign as Raw Women’s Champion at 399 days until going on a hiatus due to pregnancy on May 11, 2020.

Early life

Born on 30th January 1987, in Limerick, Rebecca Quin grew up in the Dublin suburb of Baldoyle. Meanwhile, her parents separated when she was one year old. Since childhood, Quin was a fan of professional wrestling, watching it with her brother Richywho later adopted the ring name, Gonzo de Mondo. She was active at sports, participating in horse riding, swimming, and basketball.

Quin attended university to study philosophy, history and politics, but eventually dropped out as she never liked it – ‘really hated it’ as quoted by her. Instead, she planned to return to college to study health and exercise studies. Prior to beginning to train as a wrestler, she stated that she had been ‘going down a bad path’ involving alcohol, but wrestling helped her focus and come out of it.

Personal life

It was revealed that Becky Lynch was in a relationship with fellow wrestler Colby Lopez, known professionally as Seth Rollins. The couple announced their engagement last year on 22 August 2019. A year later, on 11th May 2020, Quin announced her pregnancy, expecting her first child with Lopez. This meant that they had to postpone their wedding which was originally planned for May and said it would take place at a later time due to the COVID-19 situation.

Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins
Becky Lynch, Seth Rollins. Image Credits: Fox News

Professional wrestling career

Training and early career (2002–2005)

As a teenager, Becky Lynch heard that Fergal Devitt and Paul Tracey were opening a wrestling school in Ireland. In June 2002, Lynch began training with them while taking her brother along with her to train. And then, five months later, Becky Lynch made her professional wrestling debut under the ring name Rebecca Knox. She teamed with her brother in mixed tag team matches during the early part of her wrestling career. She also trained at British professional wrestling promotion NWA UK Hammerlock.

Independent circuit (2005–2013)

In May 2005, Knox joined the Canadian promotion SuperGirls Wrestling which was an all-female offshoot of Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW). After her arrival at an ECCW show in Surrey of British Columbia, Knox feuded with Miss Chevius and defeated her.

However, a month later, she lost to Miss Cheviusin Port Coquitlam. The next night, Knox teamed with Calum Macbeth to defeat Miss Chevius and Tony Tisoy in a mixed tag team match in Vancouver. And then again, on 24 June, Knox defeated Miss Chevius at an ECCW show in Surrey, becoming the inaugural SuperGirls Champion.

Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch. Image Credits: Twitter

She successfully defended the championship on several occasions before eventually losing it to Lisa Moretti in April 2006. Before that, in late 2005, Knox participated in the third Chick Fight tournament of All Pro Wrestling (APW) that took place in Hayward, California. She defeated Morgan in the first round but was eliminated by eventual winner Mariko Yoshida. Knox then won an eighteen-person battle royal at an event in Tokyo, Japan.

In early 2006, she began working for the all-female promotion Shimmer Women Athletes. In her debut match for the promotion, she defeated Allison Danger, establishing herself as a heel (villain) by faking an injury. After this, she began feuding with Daizee Haze, losing the first match between them but went on to win the rematch of two-out-of-three falls.

In June 2006, Knox defeated Sweet Saraya to win the vacated World Queens of Chaos Championship at an event in Chouilly, France. She held the championship for few months before Saraya defeated her September that year.

While wrestling in Germany in September 2006, Knox sustained a legit head injury, and claimed to have been “suffering from extremely painful headaches, loud buzzing in her left ear and vision as a result”. She was also diagnosed with possible damage to her eighth cranial nerve. As a result, the 60-minute Iron Woman match against Haze at Shimmer’s Volume 7 taping was cancelled.

Because of her head injury, Quin took a six-year hiatus, wrestling only on three occasions for Irish promotion Fight Factory Pro Wrestling (FFPW) in 2008, and 2013. She reappeared in Shimmer in 2011 and managedSaraya and Britani Knight for four shows.

Early WWE career

NXT (2013–2015)

In April 2013, Becky Lynch signed a two-year developmental deal with WWE and moved to Florida to report to their developmental territory NXT. This was followed by her adopting a new ring name – Becky Lynch that was revealed on 29 August 2013.

On the 26 June episode of NXT, Lynch made her televised in-ring debut and defeated Summer Rae. The following week, Becky Lynch teamed up with Bayley in a losing effort to the BFFs: Beautiful Fierce Females (NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks) in a tag-team match. She spent the next few months competing in non-title matches against Charlotte and lost three in a row.

Becky Lynch, Bayley
Becky Lynch, Bayley. Image Credits: Twitter

On 23 October episode of NXT, Lynch aligned herself with Banks by attacking Bayley, turning the heels in her direction. Known as Team B.A.E. (Best at Everything), the alliance started to disintegrate when Banks cost Lynch a match against Bayley in February 2015.

At NXT TakeOver: Rival, Becky Lynch participated in a fatal four-way match for the NXT Women’s Championship, which was won by Banks. However, in April, she defeated Bayley and Charlotte in a triple threat match, earning herself a title match against Sasha.

Becky Lynch lost the match to Sasha at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable. Meanwhile, in the match, she debuted a new look resembling Magic: The Gathering character Chandra Nalaar. The match received widespread critical acclaim, with praise going to both performers.

Women’s Revolution (2015–2016)

On the July 13 episode of Raw, Becky Lynch made her official main roster debut as a fan favourite, along with Charlotte and Sasha Banks, following the “revolution” call by Stephanie McMahon in the WWE Divas division. Following this, Lynch and Charlotte began allying with Paige, who was feuding with Team Bella (Alicia Fox and The Bella Twins), and Banks allied with Naomi and Tamina which lead to a brawl between the three teams.

The trio of Paige, Lynch and Charlotte was renamed to Team PCB (after the initials of each wrestler) after finding out that the original name – Submission Sorority, was the same as an adult web page. Meanwhile, on the July 20 episode of Raw, Lynch made her in-ring and teamed up with Paige in a losing effort against Sasha Banks and Naomi.

Becky Lynch, Paige
Becky Lynch, Paige. Image Credits: Twitter

Eight days later on the 28th July episode of Main Event, Lynch earned her first singles victory as she defeated Brie Bella. The three teams ultimately faced off at SummerSlam in a three-team elimination match, in which Lynch pinned Brie Bella to win the match for PCB.

On 31 August episode of Raw, all members of PCB competed in the inaugural “Divas Beat the Clock challenge” to determine the number one contender for the Divas Championship. Charlotte won the match and went on to claim the title from Nikki Bella at the Night of Champions on 20 September.

The following night on Raw, Paige turned on her partners during Charlotte’s celebration, claiming that Charlotte was only there because of her father Ric Flair (a former pro-wrestler in WWE). Meanwhile, she also called Becky Lynch the “least relevant” member of the group.

After that, Paige tried to reconcile with Lynch and Charlotte throughout October only to attack them and officially disbanded Team PCB in the process. On 2 November episode of Raw, Lynch was pinned by Paige in a fatal four-way to earn a title match for Charlotte’s Divas Championship. The following week on Raw, Lynch gained revenge by defeating Paige.

On 30 November episode of Raw, Charlotte started displaying villainous traits after she feigned a leg injury to defeat Becky Lynch, followed by a distraction provided by her father. Throughout December, the two’s friendship continued to strain. But after Lynch defeated her on 4 January 2016 episode of Raw, Charlotte attacked her and solidified her heel turn. Three days later, Lynch faced Charlotte for the Divas Championship on SmackDown and at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view event, but lost both matches after interference from Ric Flair.

After this, Becky Lynch began teaming with Banks against Naomi and Tamina, all through February. Their feud continued until Lynch and Banks came victorious in a tag team match at Fastlane. The following night on Raw, a number one contender’s match for the Divas Championship was held between Lynch and Banks.

Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks
Becky Lynch vs Sasha Banks. Image Credits: WWE

It ended in a double pin (both wrestlers pinning each other simultaneously), with the rematch on the following SmackDown ending in a no contest as Diva’s Champion Charlotte attacked both contestants. As a result, Charlotte was scheduled to defend her title in a triple threat against both wrestlers at WrestleMania 32.

However, at the event, Lynch failed to win the newly-created WWE Women’s Championship (which replaced the Diva’s Championship). At Money in the Bank in June, Becky Lynch teamed up with Natalya to face Dana Brooke and Charlotte in a losing effort. After their match, Natalya turned on Lynch and attacked her. The two began feuding for a month until Becky Lynch lost to Natalya at Battleground.

SmackDown Women’s Champion (2016–2018)

Becky Lynch was the first woman wrestler who was drafted to the SmackDown brand of the 2016 WWE draft. In her first match as a part of the brand, she went on to defeat Natalya. Meanwhile, she teamed up with Carmella and Naomi in a six-woman tag team match at SummerSlam, losing it against Alexa Bliss, Natalya and Nikki Bella.

On 11th September, at Backlash, Becky Lynch won a six-pack elimination challenge, eliminating Carmella in the last to become the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion. Her first title defence match was against Alexa Bliss that was scheduled for No Mercy but due to Lynch suffering a legitimate injury the match was postponed to 8 November episode of SmackDown and Lynch retained her title.

Later that month at Survivor Series, Lynch became a part of Team SmackDown along with Alexa Bliss, Carmella, Naomi and Natalya in a Survivor Series match which they lost to Team Raw. In December, at the TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs pay-per-view, Lynch lost the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Bliss in a table match, ending her reign at 84 days.

Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss
Becky Lynch vs Alexa Bliss. Image Credits: WWE

Her championship rematch was then scheduled to take place on the 17 January 2017 episode of SmackDown. It was a steel cage match which Lynch lost after the interference from another La Luchadora (later revealed as the returning Mickie James). This led to a match between Becky Lynch and James at the Elimination Chamber in February, which she won. Lynch participated in a six-pack challenge for the title at WrestleMania 33 in April, which was ultimately won by Naomi.

Following this, in May, Becky Lynch aligned with Naomi and Charlotte Flair against The Welcoming Committee (Natalya, Carmella and Tamina). The two teams faced off in a six-woman tag team match at Backlash. The Welcoming Committee was victorious when Lynch submitted to Natalya’s sharpshooter.

Shortly after, Lynch competed at Money in the Bank, as part of the first women’s Money in the Bank ladder match, but lost to Carmella. In October, Becky Lynch won a fatal five-way match against Flair, Naomi, Tamina and Carmella and became the Team SmackDown’s captain for Survivor Series.

However, at the event, Becky Lynch was the first competitor eliminated and her team was on the losing side. Throughout the remaining year, Lynch aligned with Flair and Naomi to feud with the debuting Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Liv Morgan and Sarah Logan).In January 2018, at the Royal Rumble, Becky Lynch participated in the first women’s Royal Rumble match.

Entering at number 2, she lasted over 30 minutes before being eliminated by Ruby Riott. A few months later, Lynch also participated in the WrestleMania Women’s Battle Royal at WrestleMania 34. But she was eliminated from the match by James. Following this, she qualified for the women’s Money in the Bank ladder match held in May which was ultimately won by Bliss.

The Man to Becky Two-Belts(2018–2019)

Following the 2018 Money in the Bank event, Becky Lynch began a winning streak. She defeated the likes of Billie Kay, Sonya Deville, Peyton Royce, Mandy Rose, and SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella in a non-title match. These victories earned Becky Lynch a title match at SummerSlam, with Charlotte Flair being added to the match as well, for defeating Carmella in a non-title match. Flair went on to win the title by pinning Lynch, who was about to submit Carmella.

Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair
Becky Lynch vs Charlotte Flair. Image Credits: WWE

After the match, Becky Lynch attacked Flair, turning heel for the first time on the main roster. Two days later on SmackDown, Becky Lynch berated the crowd, claiming that she was not receiving the support by them the whole time. Lynch also claimed that she was being denied opportunities which were always handed to Flair. Despite this, audiences increasingly supported Lynch, leading WWE to tweak the storyline and portray both Lynch and Flair as both having valid points, but neither being outright heels.

The feud between the two led to a title match at Hell in a Cell, with Lynch winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship for a second time. She subsequently retained her title against Flair at both Super Show-Down and Evolution. By this time, Lynch started using the nickname “The Man”, as in to claim to be the top wrestler of the company.

As part of a competition between the Raw and SmackDown brands at Survivor Series, Lynch was scheduled for an inter-brand champion vs. champion match against Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. She led an invasion of the Raw roster on 12 November episode of Raw, where she suffered a legit concussion and broken nose from a punch she received from Nia Jax in the match.

Becky Lynch Injured
Becky Lynch. Image Credits: Give Me Sport

Due to the injury, Lynch was pulled from the match with Rousey, with Flair replacing her on the following night’s episode of SmackDown. After her return, Lynch defended her title at TLC in December against both Flair and Asuka in a Women’s TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs match. Asuka won the title after Rousey interfered and pushed both Lynch and Flair off a ladder, ending her second reign at 91 days.

On 27 January 2019, at the Royal Rumble event, Lynch failed to regain the title from Asuka. Following this, Lynch participated in the women’s Royal Rumble match, replacing the injured Lana, who was the 28th entrant. She went on to win the match, eliminating Charlotte Flair at the last.

Meanwhile, she continued her feud with Ronda Rousey and chose to face Rousey for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 35. During a storyline, Lynch refused to seek medical attention on her knee and attacked Stephanie McMahon and Triple H. Following this, Vince McMahon suspended Lynch in February for 60 days and replaced her with Charlotte Flair as Rousey’sWrestleMania opponent.

Due to pleadings from Rousey, Lynch was reinstated by Stephanie. At the Fastlane event, Lynch defeated Flair via disqualification after Rousey purposely attacked Lynch to give her the win. Because of the stipulation of the match, Lynch was added back into the title match at WrestleMania, making it a triple-threat match for the Raw Women’s Championship.

Eventually, Flair became the SmackDown Women’s Champion, making the WrestleMania match a Winner Takes All match for both titles. At the event, when for the first time women main evented a WrestleMania, Lynch controversially pinned Rousey to win both the titles. The commentary and production team commented that Rousey’s shoulders were not down for the three-count and many fans and media were left wondering if this was a legitimate botched finish.

Nonetheless, with the win, Lynch gave Rousey her first WWE singles and pinfall loss, becoming a double champion and the only woman to hold both titles simultaneously. With both titles, she was allowed to appear on both the Raw and SmackDown brands and got another nickname, “Becky Two Belts”.

Record-breaking Raw Women’s Champion and pregnancy (2019–2020)

After the WrestleMania, Lynch was placed in a feud with the newcomer Lacey Evans, who was drafted to Raw during the Superstar Shake-up. She continuously attacked Lynch after her promos. Meanwhile, Lynch simultaneously, on SmackDown, continued her feud with Flair over the SmackDown Women’s Championship.

At the Money in the Bank held in May, Lynch retained the Raw Women’s Championship over Evans, but in the following match, she lost the SmackDown Women’s Championship to Charlotte Flair due to interference by Evans.

After losing the SmackDown title, Lynch became an exclusive member of the Raw brand and continued her feud with Evans. In mid-June, Lynch successfully retained her title over Evans at the Stomping Grounds pay-per-view.

Later that night, Lynch helped her real-life boyfriend Seth Rollins retain the WWE Universal Championship over Baron Corbin who called in Evans as the special guest referee for their title match. The feuds between the two pairs came to an end at the Extreme Rules event in July, after Lynch and Rollins retained both of their titles in a winners take all mixed tag team match.

Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins
Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins. Image Credits: WWE

In August, Lynch started a short feud with Natalya. She was victorious in a submission match against Natalya at SummerSlam.  After her return in mid-August, Sasha Banks reignited their feud from 2015 and attacked Lynch.

At Clash of Champions held on 15 September, Lynch retained her title after inadvertently hitting the referee with a chair, causing a disqualification loss. The feud eventually led to a Hell in a Cell match on 6 October at the namesake pay-per-view, Lynch winning the match.

At the Survivor Series, Lynch faced Bayley (SmackDown Women’s Champion) and Shayna Baszler who was the then-NXT Women’s Champion in a non-title triple threat match to determine the superior women’s champion. Baszler emerged victorious by submitting Bayley while Lynch was downed at ringside.

Following the match, Lynch attacked Baszler and put her through an announce table. On 26 November, Lynch surpassed Ronda Rousey as the longest-reigning Raw Women’s Champion. Following the Survivor Series, Lynch allied herself with Charlotte in a rivalry with The Kabuki Warriors (Asuka and Kairi Sane) who were the Women’s Tag Team Champions.

This lead to a TLC: Tables, Ladders and Chairs match for the championship between the two teams being arranged for it in December, The Kabuki Warriors winning the match. Lynch then continued her feud with Asuka, which directed to a match for the Raw Women’s Championship at the Royal Rumble on 26 January 2020, where Lynch retained to end the feud.

In February 2020, Lynch feuded with Shayna Baszler, who won an Elimination Chamber match to challenge Lynch for the championship at WrestleMania 36. On 4th April, Lynch defeated Baszler to retain the title, while her title reign surpassed the one-year mark shortly after. Following this, Lynch ceased participating in physical confrontations and mostly relied on promos to advance her storylines.

On the May 11 episode of Raw, Lynch announced that she was relinquishing the Raw Women’s Championship due to her real-life pregnancy. She revealed that the previous night’s Women’s Money in the Bank ladder match – which was won by Asuka – was actually for the championship.

Legacy

Lynch was the inaugural SmackDown Women’s Champion and has the longest reign as the Raw women’s champion, holding the belt for 399 days. She was one of three first women(alongside Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey) to headline WrestleMania which is the flagship annual event of WWE.

Meanwhile, Lynch was the first women wrestler to win the WrestleMania main event. She is also the first WWE Superstar to ever appear on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, as well as the first-ever female Superstar to feature on the cover of a WWE 2K video game.

Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch. Image Credits: TalkSport

Lynch holds the record for most PPV shows the main evented in one year for a female superstar (3 in 2019). She became the only woman to win the Pro Wrestling Illustrated’s Most Popular Wrestler of the Year in 2019. She is currently the sixth highest-paid WWE wrestler and the highest-paid woman according to Forbes with a salary of 3.1 million.

Other media

  • Lynch performed stunts for a 2013 episode of Vikings. She was written off WWE television for a few months in November 2017 to film The Marine 6: Close Quarters.
  • Becky Lynch is playable in four video games: WWE 2K17, WWE 2K18, WWE 2K19, and WWE 2K20, being the cover athlete of the latter. Her entrance music is played after every goal scored on home ice by the American Hockey League’s San Jose Barracuda.
  • Lynch is a recurring guest on Xavier Woods’ YouTube channel UpUpDownDown, where she goes by the nickname ‘Soulless Senpai’. In October 2019, Lynch defeated Seth Rollins in a game of Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite to win Rollins’ UpUpDownDown Championship. She lost the title to Cesaro in Mario Kart 8 Deluxe a month later.

Other work

During her time away from wrestling, Lynch worked as an actress and was cast in numerous plays in 2011 and 2012. She graduated with a degree in acting from the Dublin Institute of Technology and has attended Columbia College Chicago and the Gaiety School of Acting. She also worked as a flight attendant with Aer Lingus for two and a half years.

Filmography

Film

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2018 The Marine 6: Close Quarters Maddy Hayes Film debut
2021 Rumble (voice) In development

Television

Television
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Vikings Stunt double 1 episode
2020 Billions Herself 1 episode
2020 Game On! Herself Episode: “Celebrity Guests: Becky Lynch and Joel McHale”

Web series

Web series
Year Title Role Notes
2018–present UpUpDownDown Herself / Soulless Senpai

Video Games

Video games
Year Title Notes
2016 WWE 2K17 Video game debut
2017 WWE 2K18
2018 WWE 2K19
2019 WWE 2K20 Cover athlete
2020 The King of Fighters All-Star
2020 WWE 2K Battlegrounds In-development

Championships and accomplishments

CBS Sports

  • Best Moment of the Year (2018) – Attacking Ronda Rousey on Raw
  • Wrestler of the Year (2018)
  • WWE Match of the Year (2018) vs. Asuka and Charlotte Flair at TLC

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

  • Most Popular Wrestler (2019)
  • Woman of the Year (2018, 2019)
  • Ranked No. 1 of the top 100 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 100 in 2019

Queens of Chaos

  • World Queens of Chaos Championship (1 time)
  • Sports Illustrated
    • Women’s Wrestler of the Year (2018, 2019)

Sports Illustrated

  • Women’s Wrestler of the Year (2018, 2019)

SuperGirls Wrestling

  • SuperGirls Championship (1 time)

Wrestling Observer Newsletter

  • Worst Feud of the Year (2015) Team PCB vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team Bella
  • Women’s Wrestling MVP (2018, 2019)

WWE

  • WWE Raw Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship (3 times)
  • Women’s Royal Rumble (2019)
  • WWE Year-End Awards (3 times): Female Superstar of the Year (2018, 2019), Match of the Year (2018) vs. Charlotte Flair at Evolution

 

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