Becky Lynch had a recent interview with Sports Illustrated in which they illustrated ring names of WWE Superstars. Although Lynch was on the indie scene, not every wrestler that comes to WWE uses their prior name. Her name on the indies was Rebecca Knox keeping her real first name of Rebecca and replacing her last name of Quin.
But was the name Becky Lynch the official be all and end all of choices? According to the former RAW Women’s Champion, there were a few names on the table. One, in particular, was “Madeleine.”
“When I was coming up with my name in WWE, I came up with a bunch of mad Irish names that I thought were cool. Since my last name is Quin, I tried to get that in there as a first name. Quin Chulainn was one, and that was based off the mythological person from Irish mythology. Cú Chulainn is a badass character in Irish mythology.”
“They wanted a name associated with my own name, like Rebecca,” said Lynch. “So I became Becky, and two of the names that came back to me were Becky Lynch and something like Madeleine. I was like, ‘I didn’t even submit that, I don’t know how it got in there.’ It made me think of that TV show Madeleine. Anyway, I said no to that, and the other name that came back was Robin Daly. I actually did like that, but I thought it would be better to have a part of my own name in there, so Becky Lynch it was.”
Lynch wasn’t the only female in this article as Dakota Kai explained her name as well. She went by the name Evie on the indie scene. She is a former SHIMMER Tag Team Champion with Heidi Lovelace who is known as Ruby Riott in WWE.
“Before I was signed, I was known as Evie, which was my favorite Pokémon, so I made myself that,” said Kai. “In NXT, I wanted something that sounded tomboyish but also fit my Polynesian heritage, which is where Kai comes from. Despite people thinking I’m related to [former pro wrestler] Leilani Kai, that’s not it.”
“I wanted to reflect my Samoan heritage,” said Kai. “Any of us that start with NXT, if a name change is needed, we get to go to creative [writers and producers] with all the ideas that we have. I brought every combination of names that I wanted, and I was really lucky to get my first choice.”
How do you think you would have liked Becky’s name if she was Robin Daly or Madeleine? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
For the full interview, you can read it here. All transcripts credit to Sports Illustrated.