Had it not been for a long layoff with an 8th cranial nerve injury, Becky Lynch may have been WWE Divas Champion a long time ago. The massive ailment which could have left her with tinnitus, vertigo and deafness took a lot longer to deal with than anyone originally thought – she thought she would be out for three months, and barring one match in 2008 it was more like six years. Most of us had long let go of the possibility of the former Rebecca Knox returning to the ring, taking some solace in seeing her work as a manager in a surprise return to SHIMMER in 2011 at the side of the daughter/mother combination of Britani Knight (now Paige) and Saraya. However, it seemingly reignited the fire and she started training in secret back in the Republic of Ireland ahead of what was meant to be a low-key comeback – until we got wind of it and caught her for an interview about it.
“It was great to be back in front of the crowd, it was great to be back wrestling,” she exclusively told us back in October 2012. “[Taking bumps again] felt brilliant, that felt amazing… I’m just so happy to be back bumping.”
It was an encouraging thing to hear from a woman who defined what it meant to be a prodigy. By the age of 19, the former Rebecca Knox had toured the UK, France, Canada, the US and Japan, impressing fans with her natural ability in the ring and picking up titles like the Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling Supergirls belt and the Queens of Chaos Championship in the process. She seemed to be a lock for a major company to make her an offer but then she got hurt and had to find other things to occupy herself, including fitness modelling, acting and a range of other activities. A publicised return for Pro Wrestling: EVE in 2008 fizzled out when she understandably got cold feet about a return and it would be four and a half more years until she felt comfortable enough to lace up the boots again.
Naturally, WWE came calling soon afterwards and she signed a developmental deal with the company in April last year.
Around nine months of training and working house shows led to the renamed Becky Lynch getting her TV debut at NXT’s tapings in July, working Charlotte on two of the shows. While many were happy to see the former Knox getting a chance to work in front of the cameras, the gimmick felt a little unsatisfactory. With the tin whistle inspired theme with a rock undertone and the emerald gear, it felt like as many Irish stereotypes as possible shoehorned into one person. Coupled with the fiddle-dee-dee Irish dancing, the character felt a little disappointing and there was the belief that it wouldn’t set the world alight. Happily, it seems that others thought the same and Lynch was repackaged for her next appearance with a much cooler entrance with white lights pounding the darkened arena in Orlando, FL, and a much more edgy looking Becky coming out with new gear – yes, it was still had a Celtic nod with the plaid but it felt much less in-your-face Irish and also brought back the wings which she used to sport on her outfits during her SHIMMER days.
Gimmick complaints aside, the skill which Lynch possessed still shone through, despite her bubbling under while Charlotte, Bayley and Sasha Banks took centre stage, but that changed a couple of weeks ago when Becky and Charlotte showed what they could do when they put together a wonderfully smooth match on the October 16 episode of NXT where she came up short and was given a pep talk of sorts by Banks – which led to Lynch turning heel on Bayley last week and aligning herself with Sasha.
This is the chance to excel that Becky needed – and deserves, should you listen to her supporters. Given the opportunity, she is likely going to make the most of it and show her ability, heel character and desire. When you consider how she came back from a horrendous injury after so long being away, as well as the likelihood that she is probably the most skilled woman that WWE has on its books, be it in developmental or on the main roster, it seems inevitable that she will graduate to Raw and SmackDown soon. The only questions are how soon it will be and whether she will wear the NXT Women’s Title before it happens. If we have learned anything from Lynch’s career, anything is possible.
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A quick reminder to talent, promoters and the like involved in the women’s wrestling community: I’m looking to put together a special podcast commemorating Stewart Allen. I’m hoping to put together a lot of audio pieces from people who have anecdotes and tales to tell – and I’m sure there are many.
I’m hoping to put it together at the end of October. What I’m asking is if you can record a quick piece onto a smartphone or onto your computer with your thoughts – no longer than 5 minutes – and send the audio file to this email address.
Thanks a lot to everyone, I’m looking forward to hearing the stories as I compile it.
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Leva Bates and Mia Yim both worked NXT’s tapings last Thursday. Bates reprised her “Blue Pants” gimmick to face Carmella again while Yim took on Charlotte. Alexa Bliss suffered a cut during her match with Sasha Banks too, and ended the match with blood all over her face. Karlee “Maxine” Perez was also in attendance for the tapings… AJ Lee talked to the Turnbuckle Weekly about not being part of Total Divas, saying, “It’s been well documented for the second season they tried to get me on board. I’m not interested in being famous. I’m interested in doing my job and doing it well and that’s wrestling and that’s what I love. I could do it, but I wouldn’t do it. I’m just happy being who I am on TV two days a week and on live events and then going into my private life, and into my little hole in the middle of nowhere and having no one talk to me about my private life.” She also talked to IGN about Paige joining the cast: “I feel bad though because I feel like people are mad at her, at Paige, for it I think. But they really shouldn’t be. I think she has her own style and she’s going to bring a different flavor to that show. So people should just be happy for her and glad that they can now see more of her life.” On a side note, wouldn’t it be interesting if Paige’s family came to visit on an episode?… Paige and Alicia Fox’s friendship is over after Fox’s good intentions to help out her buddy at Hell in a Cell backfired and saw Paige tap out to AJ Lee’s Black Widow. The following night, Paige attacked Fox after Alicia lost to AJ with Jerry Lawler making the save… Also at Hell in a Cell, Nikki Bella beat sister Brie clean as a sheet to make Brie her personal assistant for 30 days. Brie reluctantly helped Nikki to beat Naomi on Raw… Maria Kanellis was featured in the Where Are They Now feature on WWE.com last week, and was announced as the first winner of a talent scholarship from the company which will allow her to complete her degree at Johnson and Wales University. Congratulations to her.
Gail Kim personally booted out Melanie Price and Lana Austin from British Boot Camp’s Manchester auditions. Neither impressed in the physical section of the testing but Price – who said she had trained for seven years but had wrestled fewer than 30 matches – was far worse and made excuses about being injured for her poor performance. Bodybuilder Heather Schofield had the physique and the looks, but her lack of experience worked against her… What was meant to be Rebel’s first singles match in TNA didn’t happen. She was meant to face Angelina Love on last week’s Impact Wrestling but Havok crashed the party to beat her up. A strapped-up Gail Kim made the save, still selling the shoulder from a few weeks ago when she lost the Knockouts Title… Brittany and Samuel Shaw are now an on-screen item.
Tessa Blanchard has been announced for Women Superstars Uncensored’s Breaking Barries show on November 8. Leva Bates is also set to make her return to the promotion. Three matches have been signed: Hania faces Athena in a rematch from the summer, while Kimber Lee and Annie Social will face JT Dunn and David Starr respectively in singles matches. Both women have to win their matches to get another shot at the Juicy Product for the Tag Team Championship… Ivelisse Velez will defend the SHINE Championship against Allysin Kay, Su Yung & Mia Yim in singles matches during WWNLive’s China tour next month… Kacee Carlisle became the first Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling Champion on Friday by beating Sumie Sakai by using a steel chair and a DDT. Elsewhere on the show, Kimber Lee became the number one contender for January’s show by beating La Rosa Negra and Hania in a 3-way… Courtney Rush defeated Cheerleader Melissa on Saturday to retain the NCW Femmes Fatales International Title and put an end to their 15 month feud before being confronted by Saraya Knight – the pair will fight on April 4 next year. Elsewhere, LuFisto held onto the WSU Title by beating Mia Yim… Speaking of LuFisto, she tweeted that she has unknowingly been wrestling with a separated shoulder for the past few months – that goes along with the broken hand she sustained a week and a half ago… Wrestling Is Fun is hosting this year’s Young Lions Cup on Saturday. Kimber Lee is involved – she’s wrestling JT Dunn in the first round – as is Heidi Lovelace – who takes on Eddie Smooth… D’Arcy Dixon and Mickie Knuckles chose each other’s opponents on last Saturday’s RESISTANCE Pro show. Dixon beat Lylah Lodge while Knuckles retained her Women’s Championship by defeating Crazy Mary Dobson… Barbi Hayden held onto the NWA World Women’s Championship on Saturday by beating Delilah Doom… Portia Perez is out of action with an unspecified injury which she suffered at SHIMMER.
Tsubasa Kuragaki will defend the OZ Academy Openweight Championship against Tomoka Nakagawa. Speaking of OZ, we’ve gt a load of their recent matches here… Diana crowned new World Tag Team Champions on Saturday. KAORU & Mima Shimoda defeated Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe to win the titles… Arisa Nakajima retained the JWP Openweight Champiosnhip on Sunday by beating Hanako Nakamori. Her next challenger will be Ice Ribbon’s ICEx∞ Champion Tsukasa Fujimoto.
Kay Lee Ray dropped the Southside Wrestling Speed King Championship on Saturday in a 6-way. She was the first competitor to be eliminated in the contest, which was won by Will Ospreay… Speaking of KLR, she faces Jimmy Havok at XWA Wrestling’s show on Saturday… Fierce Females is introducing a second belt called the Internet Championship. Somewhere, Zack Ryder burst into flames. Sunday’s charity show also saw Bete Noire and Viper stand aside Nikki Storm in the battle against Hardcore Glamour, and it was announced that Courtney and Fiona Fraser will settle their differences on November 23 in a Three Stages of Hell Match… Penelope announced that she’s taking some time away from the ring.
Lucha Underground premieres tomorrow in the US on the El Rey channel. Sexy Star v Son of Havoc is on the first show… Amapola retained her CMLL-REINA International Championship on Sunday by beating Makoto.
October 21: CMLL (Guadalajara, Mexico) – Dark Angel, Goya Kong & La Vaquerita b Amapola, Makoto & Maki Narumiya
October 22: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Meari Naito b Yuri Kotobuki; Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera b Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Mochi Miyagi b Miyako Matsumoto & Mio Shirai
October 22: Ohio Valley Wrestling (Louisville, KY) – Mary Elizabeth Monroe b Rebel
October 22: Combat Zone Wrestling (Blackwood, NJ) – Brittany Blake b Finneus James
October 23: IWA Mid-South (Clarksville, IN) – Reed Bentley & John Wayne Murdoch v Mickie Knuckles & Tripp Cassidy went to a no-contest
October 23: WWE NXT (Orlando, FL) – Sasha Banks b Bayley
October 24: Pro Wrestling Wave (Saitama, Japan) – Sawako Shimono b Manami Kanda; Risa Sera v Mika Iida went to a time limit draw; Rabbit Miyu & Koharu Hinata b Fairy Nipponbashi & Yua Hayashi; Rina Yamashita b Kaho Kobayashi
October 24: Scottish Wrestling Alliance (Glasgow, Scotland) – Nikki Storm b Leah Von Dutch
October 24: Shropshire Wrestling Alliance (Dawley, England) – Tyler Bate b Morgan Webster, Daniel Moloney & Nixon Newell in a 4-way
October 24: WWE NXT house show (Jacksonville, FL) – Bayley, Charlotte & Devin Taylor b Becky Lynch, Dana Brooke & Sasha Banks
October 24: WWE SmackDown (Wichita, KS) – AJ Lee b Alicia Fox; Nikki Bella, Summer Rae & Cameron b Brie Bella, Natalya & Naomi
October 24: Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling (Brooklyn, NY) – Nikki Addams b Tina San Antonio; Aja “Super” Perera b Roni Nicole; Kimber Lee b La Rosa Negra & Hania in a 3-way; Jessie Brooks b Mia Yim; Mistress Belmont b Mary Elizabeth Monroe; Kacee Carlisle b Sumie Sakai to win the Valkyrie Women’s Wrestling Championship
October 24: All Star Wrestling (Cloverdale, BC) – Riea Von Slasher b Bambi Hall to win ASW Women’s Championship
October 24: Empire Wrestling Federation (Azusa, CA) – Amazing Kong, Andy Brown & RJ Ruiz b Hudson Envy, Jeremy Jaeger & Juan Roman
October 24 CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Estrellita, Lluvia & Princesa Sugehit b La Comandante, Makoto & Maki Narumiya
October 25: Ice Ribbon (Saitama, Japan) – Mochi Miyagi b Koyuki Hayashi; Mio Shirai b 235; Tsukushi & Yuka b Kurumi & Miyako Matsumoto; Tsukasa Fujimoto & Cherry b Aoi Kizuki & Risa Sera
October 25: Southside Wrestling (Stevenage, England) – Will Ospreay b Mark Andrews, El Ligero, Rich Swann, Kay Lee Ray & Curry Man in a 6-way to win the Speed King Championship
October 25: Varsity Pro Wrestling (Portsmouth, England) – Erin Angel b Sky
October 25: Fight Factory Pro Wrestling (Dublin, Ireland) – Katey Harvey, Mark Mooney & Senor Mayhem b Brian Corr, Lauren Blaze & Loco Magico
October 25: NWA Houston (Cypress, TX) – Barbi Hayden b Delilah Doom
October 25: Xtreme Wrestling Alliance (West Warwick, RI) – Kimber Lee b Anthony Cortez Haynes
October 25: East Coast Wrestling Association (Sewell, NJ) – Renee Michelle b Gabby Gilbert
October 25: RESISTANCE Pro (Willowbrook, IL) – D’Arcy Dixon b Lylah Lodge; Mickie Knuckles b Crazy Mary Dobson
October 25: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Candice LeRae & Nicole Savoy b Ruby Raze & Sage Sin
October 25: NCW Femmes Fatales XVI (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Kaitlin Diemond b Missy; Mary Lee Rose & Pink Flash Kira b Bettie Rage & Deziree; Kc Spinelli b Allysin Kay & Xandra Bale in a 3-way; Saraya Knight b Sweet Cherrie; Vanessa Kraven b Jody D’Milo via DQ; Sassy Stephie & Jody D’Milo b Vanessa Kraven & Angie Skye; LuFisto b Mia Yim; Courtney Rush b Cheerleader Melissa
October 25: CMLL (Mexico City, Mexico) – Amapola b Makoto
October 26: Sendai Girls (Sendai, Japan) – Sawako Shimono b Mika Iida; Kagetsu & Ray b DASH Chisako & Alex Lee; DASH Chisako won a battle royal
October 26 Diana (Kawasaki, Japan) – Raideen Hagane b Meiko Tanaka; Rabbit Miyu b Koyuki Hayashi; Kaoru Ito & Megumi Yabushita b Arisa Nakajima & Mask De Sun; Jaguar Yokota & Sareee b Yumiko Hotta & Keiko Aono; KAORU & Mima Shimoda besiegen Kyoko Inoue & Tomoko Watanabe to win the Diana World Tag Team Championship
October 26: Stardom (Tokyo, Japan) – Star Fire & Mystique b Kaori Yoneyama & Hatsuhinode Kamen; Kyoko Kimura & Kris Wolf b Takumi Iroha & Risa Sera; Nanae Takahashi & Kairi Hojo b Yoshiko & Reo Hazuki; Miho Wakizawa & Koguma b Io Shirai & Mayu Iwatani
October 26: JWP (Kawasaki, Japan) – Leon & Kayoko Haruyama b Command Bolshoi & KAZUKI; Rabbit Miyu b Raideen Hagane; Mima Shimoda b Yako Fujigasaki; Kyoko Kimura b Yua Hayashi; Arisa Nakajima b Hanako Nakamori
October 26: Premier British Wrestling (Edinburgh, Scotland) – Davey Blaze & Carmel Jacob b Kay Lee Ray & Tommy Marx
October 26: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Leah & Kasey Owens b Faith Lehaine & Nadia Sapphire; Fiona Fraser b Bete Noire; Layla Rose b Courtney; Sammii Jayne b Lana Austin; Viper b Violet O’Hara; Danni Hunter b Violet Vendetta; Layla Rose b Fiona Fraser; Nikki Storm b Sara via DQ
October 26: Kamikaze Pro (Birmingham, England) – Leah Von Dutch b Nixon Newell
October 26: Smash Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Vanessa Kraven b Heidi Lovelace & Kimber Lee in a 3-way
October 26: WWE Hell in a Cell (Dallas, TX) – Nikki Bella b Brie Bella; AJ Lee b Paige
October 27: WWE Raw (San Antonio, TX) – AJ Lee b Alicia Fox; Nikki Bella b Naomi
October 31: XWA Wrestling (Sudbury, England) – Nikki Storm v Kay Lee Ray
November 1: Melbourne City Wrestling (Melbourne, Australia) – Tommy Hellfire & Siren Monroe v The Cremator & Vixsin
November 1: Flemish Wrestling Force (Limsburg, Belgium) – Leah Von Dutch v Katey Harvey
November 1: XWA Wrestling (Colchester, Essex) – Rhia O’Reilly v Addy Starr; Nikki Storm v Pollyanna; Jimmy Havoc v Kay Lee Ray
November 1: Lucky Pro Wrestling (Clinton, MA) – Davienne & Taeler Hendrix v Rosita & Alexxis Nevaeh
November 1: Coastal Wrestling Federation (Mesquite, TX) – Gail Kim & Jessica James v Angelina Love & Angel Blue
November 1: Wrestling Is Fun (Norristown, PA) – Kimber Lee v JT Dunn; Heidi Lovelace v Eddie Smooth; Hania v Athena
November 2: PROGRESS Wrestling (London, England) – Jinny v Pollyanna
November 2: Alpha 1 Wrestling (Hamilton, ON, Canada) – Seleziya Sparx v Jasmin
November 2: Smash Wrestling (St Catherines, ON) – Cherry Bomb v Candice LaRae; Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven
November 8: 4 Front Wrestling (Brisol, England) – Nadia Sapphire v Chardonnay
November 8: Women Superstars Uncensored (Voorhees, NJ) – Kimber Lee v JT Dunn; Annie Social v David Starr
November 8: Neo Wrestling (Niagara Falls, ON) – Cherry Bomb v Skyler Rose
November 9: Squared Circle Wrestling (Toronto, ON, Canada) – Hania v Alexia Nicole v Jasmin
November 10: World Wrestling Network (Grand Epoch City, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Su Yung; Mia Yim v Allysin Kay
November 11: World Wrestling Network (Chengdu City, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Allysin Kay; Mia Yim v Su Yung
November 12: World Wrestling Network (Emeishan City, China) – Ivelisse Velez & Mia Yim v Allysin Kay & Su Yung
November 13: World Wrestling Network (Beijing, China) – Ivelisse Velez v Mia Yim
November 15: Riot City Wrestling “City Chicks” (Adelaide, Australia)
November 15: True Grit Wrestling (Leeds, England) – Lana Austin v Nixon Newell
November 16: Tidal Wrestling (Newcastle, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Shax
November 16: British Empire Wrestling (London, England) – Dragonita v Dean Michael; Lola & Nina Samuels v Astronomica & Nightshade
November 22: Alternative Wrestling Show (South Gate, CA) – Hudson Envy v Cheerleader Melissa
November 21: New Horizons Pro Wrestling (Perth, Australia) – Saraya Knight v Demi Bennett v Evie v Madison Eagles
November 23: Melbourne City Wrestling ‘Fight For A Cause’ (Hampton Park, Australia)
November 23: Fierce Females (Glasgow, Scotland) – Courtney v Fiona Fraser
November 23: SMASH Wrestling (Mississauga, ON, Canada) – Candice LeRae & Joey Ryan v Cherry Bomb & Pepper Parks; Courtney Rush v Vanessa Kraven
November 29: Warzone Wrestling (Berwick, Australia) – Savannah Summers v Kellyanne English
November 30: Southside Wrestling (St Neots, England) – Kay Lee Ray v Nixon Newell
November 30: Queens of Combat (Winston-Salem, NC) – Mickie James v Tessa Blanchard
February 22: Dragon Pro Wrestling (Newport, Wales) – Nixon Newell v Pollyanna
March 14: Rock N’ Wrassle (Nottingham, England)
April 4: NCW Femmes Fatales (Montreal, QC, Canada) – Courtney Rush v Saraya Knight
– Lee Burton
– Photos by WWE (2,3,6), Mia Yim (4), Dave Muscarella (5), Tabercil (7)
– Data collated from (but not limited to) Cagematch, joshifans.com, PuroLove, Dramatic DDT, Luchablog, Lords Of Pain, Wrestling Observer, Open The Puroresu Gate, Ringstars, PWInsider, NHB Girls, North Starz, WrestlingData