WWE Superstar Becky Lynch, an Irish professional wrestler hasn't been short of confidence since her history-making WrestleMania 35 main event win in April. The saying, "To be The Man, you have to beat The Man" by Ric Flair (an American professional wrestling manager and retired professional wrestler) stands true in her case. There is no one left for Becky Lynch to beat, so it is no surprise that she calls herself 'The Man'. Becky has always worked hard and been determined to reach where she is now.
Becky, whose real name is Rebecca Quin, will defend her Raw Women's Championship at SummerSlam on Sunday, August 11 against Natalya Neidhart. WWE's SummerSlam is the second biggest wrestling event of the year, after only WrestleMania.
In an exclusive interview with THE MAN, 32-year-old Becky Lynch spoke about her initial years in the wrestling industry, her stage name 'The Man', how she keeps herself motivated, her boyfriend Seth Rollins, SummerSlam 2019, and much more.
While growing up, 'The Man' used to watch wrestling with her brother Gonzo de Mondo at her house in Limerick, Ireland. She soon got into one of the best schools where she learned wrestling. She said, "My brother and I would watch it all the time and I loved it. But if you wanted to be a wrestler, you’d have to go off to England or America to train. It was only at Finn Balor’s (an Irish professional wrestler) school that I got the opportunity to learn. We wrestled for three months on just six blue mats on the floor in this tiny little hall at Saint Andrew’s national school. We’d go down there every Sunday and that’s how we learned, on the mats. We’d go across to England and do these summer camps where you’d train eight or nine hours a day in a gym.
'The Man' has something special about her. Despite facing hardships in her career, and betrayal by friends and colleagues, she came out stronger. "Being ‘The Man’ means working to become the top dog, then holding yourself in that manner. No matter how people are trying to hold you down, you keep rising above. I’ve been an advocate for women’s wrestling since I started. I’ve always wanted to change the game. Being ‘The Man’ is all about going against the odds," Becky said.
Hard work soon paid off for her. In 2018, Becky won her second SmackDown Women’s Championship, leading an invasion of Raw. In 2019, The Man made her mark again by winning the Royal Rumble Match (a professional wrestling event, produced every January since 1988 by professional wrestling promotion WWE) to earn a World Championship opportunity at WrestleMania 35.
My favourite match has been with Charlotte Flair. She punched me so hard in the face that I still haven’t recovered completely.
'The Man' considers Charlotte Flair, an American professional wrestler as her best opponent so far. "My favourite match has been with Charlotte Flair at Last Woman Standing match at the Women's WWE Evolution pay-per-view on October 28, 2018 and she is also my closest opponent, she punched me so hard in the face that I still haven’t recovered completely."
The SummerSlam 2019 is beginning in August and 'The Man' is all set to prove herself again. She is working on her diet and fitness like never before. "My diet is to eat as clean as possible. I don’t eat meat and I am quite difficult in terms of my food choices. I don’t eat gluten, soy, keto and like I said before I’m a vegetarian, so I try to eat lots of vegetables. When it comes to exercise, I do CrossFit 5-6 times a week and yoga when I can. Training both in and outside the ring is important. It’s about pushing yourself even when you’re dead tired."
I try to write about how I see the match going and then really visualise it.
She feels blessed to have Seth Rollins as her partner who has been with her in bad times. "Seth has helped me when I was not believing in myself,” she said. “There was a time when I was constantly used as a star builder, someone used to make other people look good. I was one of the most irrelevant women during the women’s revolution and perhaps even an outcast." She added, “However, I do take pride in proving more people wrong than right and I think that’s what helped with me the whole time."
Hardened by a career defined by betrayal, disappointment, and disapproval to make her way to the top by throwing off anyone - friends or foe, who stood in her way. She has always managed to keep this positive attitude going and keeps herself motivated by writing about how she feels the fight should end. "I try to write about how I see the match going and then really visualise it – and I’ll generally do that the night before. I’ll write about how I want the match to go, what I want the reaction to be, what I want people to take away from it."
That's not all, 'The Man' has a special love for bikes, movies and yoga, and that is what she likes doing when she is not preparing for a fight. She likes watching What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, a Netflix series in her free time. "When I’m at home I just try to see my friends, workout, ride my bike everywhere, do yoga, I will watch movies, watch TV and wrestling. Even after WrestleMania, I didn’t go on vacation. I got an hour of sleep, then I got up and did morning interviews with the media. That’s all I’ve ever wanted for myself, to run on dreams, hard work, and adrenaline."
Get your popcorn ready and watch the match!