Adding to the list of feuds Becky Lynch has had to endure during 2018, Joe “Road Warrior Animal” Laurinaitis delivered some heavy-handed opinions on “The Man”, and in typical fashion, Lynch shut him down.
The comments from Laurinaitis happened during an episode of his podcast “What A Rush”, where he put on the face of “legend who misses the glory days” and broadcasted a scathing review of WWE TLC.
The comments from one half of “The Legion Of Doom” were directed at events taking place during TLC, and the episodes of Raw and SmackDown Live that aired directly after.
Laurinaitis believes: The McMahons are lying when they say they will freshen up WWE, the feud between Natalya and Ruby Riott is disrespectful, fans don’t buy Seth Rollins vs. Dean Ambrose, Daniel Bryan is irritating, mid-card wrestlers are not actual draws, and that Gallows and Anderson are the worst.
The hot take that drew attention from Lynch, was when Laurinaitis claimed that women in a main event is bad business, and that, essentially, fans are too dumb to figure out who to root for when two faces are paired against each other.
Read the transcription of the opinion in question, as transcribed by WrestleZone:
“There is a problem in the wrestling business. Yes, the women’s movement is growing, but when the women are the main event and they have the best matches on your card, there’s an issue.
If the McMahons are really listening to the fans and they want to do what they have to do to make the fans happy, you have got to have a line drawn in the sand on who the bad guy is and who the good guy is. That’s what the fans want. They want someone to believe in. They want someone to cheer. They want someone to boo. They want someone to hate. You can’t change the wrestling business that’s been based for 150 years on this kind of principle. Now all of a sudden you have good guy vs. good guy. Come on, they want to have a line drawn in the sand because when you make it too confusing for them they can’t cheer for Asuka in the same way and all of a sudden cheer for Becky Lynch in the same match. You just can’t do it and it ends up making the match horrible.
I would let her [Lynch] back off of ‘The Man’ thing and let her just be a pure white meat babyface that doesn’t quit. Those are the kind of babyfaces that work. When you come out there with the attitude and strutting your stuff like she’s some kind of tough guy, come on! Jesus, Lord, anybody that’s ever been in a fight can see right through it and I’m just being realistic because that’s what works in this business. You’ve got to think shoot and work the shoot and right now they’re not taking advantage of their stars who are stars.”
Lynch caught wind of the bold remarks, and had a simple statement of her own.
When “The Man” comes around, no hater leaves alive.
Listen to the entire episode of “What A Rush” to hear all of Laurinaitis’ takes on TLC, the McMahons, and the women’s evolution.