SmackDown Superstar Becky Lynch recently spoke The Phoenix New Times to promote this week’s SmackDown Live. During the interview, Lynch discusses participating in some of WWE’s landmark matches, women headlining a WrestleMania event and what improvement she would like to see in the Women’s division. Highlights of the interview below.
On being a part of historic matches: “It’s just incredible because you start off on your journey of whatever it is you want to accomplish, whether it’s in the wrestling industry or anything else in life. And you just have these goals and visions, and then they just start coming to fruition. And I think, in general, we don’t sit back and take enough time to appreciate how much we’ve changed the [wrestling] landscape. You know what I mean? It’s completely different. It’s kind of almost like turning a regular town into New York City, basically. It’s just amazing that, with everybody’s participation and everyone’s help, we’ve been able to get there. And what I thought was so great about the women’s Royal Rumble is that it was the culmination of everybody’s hard work. It wasn’t just my hard work, for the past two or three years, it’s been an ongoing battle, and it was all those women that were able to participate. And that lent a helping hand into changing it into what it is today.”
On what she’d like to see more of within the Women’s Division: “Here’s the thing. It’s one thing to have all these firsts and we can make a big celebration of the first Royal Rumble, the first ladder match, the first Elimination Chamber, and all these things that are coming up, which are all wonderful. That’s great. Of course, I’d like to see the first woman’s tag team champs and then be that and be the first woman to main-event WrestleMania. What I think is better than that is making it consistent and making it normalized and being able to interchange it so that it doesn’t even become a gender thing anymore. It’s a talent thing, it’s a character thing. And getting it to where it’s so normalized that we almost don’t ever notice. There’s not one or two women’s segments, there are just segments on the card and we just flow through them and there’s no real big deal about it anymore because it’s just consistent and everybody has that high level of skill. And the audience is invested in all of the characters, regardless of their gender.”
On Women being the main-event of a WrestleMania: “The goal has always been to be the first woman to main-event WrestleMania, and you know that’s what you want to do and that’s your goal and that’s what you set off to achieve. I think we’re on the cusp of it. I don’t know if it’s going to be this year. I think it’s plausible. I don’t see a reason why not. Here is my bottom line of what I really want: a good emotional build in the characters towards that. And I would like to see that starting so that people are so invested that there is no doubt whatsoever that whoever is main-eventing WrestleMania – if it’s girls, guys, whoever – they should be the main event.”
On Ronda Rousey coming to WWE: “So I think there’s a lot of good aspects, and I think that Ronda Rousey has obviously proven that she’s a superstar. Like, a colossal superstar. Before her, there were no women in the UFC. That’s remarkable. And she was an Olympian, and she brings in pay-per-view buys. There’s no doubt that she’s amazing.
I’m curious to see what she can do in a wrestling ring because it’s a different kettle of fish. And, obviously, with UFC and with such an incredible history and being so accomplished in judo, she’s going to take up everything so easily. So it’s just going to be a matter of seeing how she does in this business. I know she’s a huge wrestling fan so that’s always great, too. I think you learn better and you learn faster when you’re a fan because you know what it’s supposed to be and you’re able to emulate your heroes and stuff like that.”
Lynch also discusses background in drama and wanting to play Kim Possible.
What did you think of the interview? Would you like to see Women headline a WrestleMania? What have been some of your favorite matches since the Women’s Revolution? Let us know in the comments below!