On this day one year ago an accident happened and made Becky Lynch a bonafide megastar.
On Nov. 12. 2018 WWE was gearing up for their annual brand vs brand Survivor Series supershow. At the centre of this feud was the nuclear-heated rivalry of SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch and Raw Women’s Champion, Ronda Rousey. On the ‘go-home’ edition of Monday Night RAW Becky Lynch led a team of SmackDown Superstars to invade their rival brand and a furious melee ensued.
In the ruckus, Becky Lynch was struck the wayward fist of Nia Jaxx literally breaking Lynch’s face with the impact. At the time this was Lynch’s biggest opportunity to seize the spotlight that had remained so elusive in previous years so Becky was not going to let the small matter of a broken and bloodied face get in the way of her moment.
Becky went into beast mode and flew about the ring beating and battering all who stood in her before reigning down vicious chair shots to Rousey.
On paper, a severe injury to your top star on the go-home episode of Monday Night Raw, leading into one of the biggest marquee matches on PPV is a disaster. But not for Becky Lynch. Lynch was riding one of the biggest waves of popularity in wrestling history and nothing, not even a broken face, would halt her rise.
In fact not only did solidify her as a legitimate bad-ass, provide us with on the most iconic images in WWE history but it would delay the match with Ronda Rousey and in my opinion, allow Becky to remain in top contention for the first-ever women main event at WrestleMania.
Things could’ve have been very different had the planned Lynch vs Rousey had taken place. There can be little doubt that WWE saw Rousey vs Charlotte as the marquee attraction for WrestleMania and with Becky and Ronda having settled their score at Survivor Series I believe the WWE’s focus would’ve switched from Lynch to Charlotte. However, this moment etched itself onto the hearts and minds of the fans, who would not allow Becky to be looked over yet again. Lynch’s momentum was so strong that WWE had no choice but to centre the focus back on Becky all the way to WrestleMania.
Lynch had already achieved legendary status with ‘The Man’ persona and unparalleled Twitter game but the image of a bloodied and defiant Becky will go down as her defining moment and one of the best in WWE history.
It just goes to show that an accident can sometimes be a blessing in disguise and in this case that blessing was Becky Lynch’s defining moment.
One year on from this epic moment Becky Lynch is the face of the company, an undeniable megastar and on top of the mountain leading into Survivor Series. She is again feuding with another MMA crossover star, NXT Women’s Champion, Shayna Baszler and fellow member of WWE Four Horsewomen, SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley. Can history repeat itself and put Becky on course to another WrestleMania main event? We never did get that one-on-one match with Ronda Rousey, did we?
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