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Becky Lynch On Her Unlikely Rise Through The World Of WWE

Lynch said when she first started wrestling at a gym in Ireland, it gave her a passion she had never felt before
Photo: MARC BRYAN-BROWN
Lynch said when she first started wrestling at a gym in Ireland, it gave her a passion she had never felt before
Photo: MARC BRYAN-BROWN
Lynch said when she first started wrestling at a gym in Ireland, it gave her a passion she had never felt before
Photo: MARC BRYAN-BROWN

WWE's Becky Lynch is currently the Raw Women’s Champion after capturing the title in April over Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 35. But her journey to becoming the best female wrestler in the world, more commonly known as “The Man,” was far from ordinary. “Growing up, I was a little chubby kid,” said Lynch, a 32-year-old from Ireland. “I was always made fun of, and I failed physical education.” When she was 15, Lynch realized that she needed to get into shape and take control of her life. “I was falling in with a bad crowd and doing things I shouldn’t have been doing,” Lynch said. “I had a little sit-down with myself and realized ‘You need to change the way that you’re doing life, Rebecca. You need to do something that you care about.’ At the time, I didn’t really care about anything. I didn’t know what that thing would be.” Then she found a wrestling school 90 minutes from home. “I was terrible,” she said, “but I absolutely loved it. And it gave me a passion that I had never felt before.”

WHEN THE TOUGH GET GOING: After graduating high school, Lynch dropped out of college to pursue her dream of being a professional wrestler. She wrestled a bit in Canada, Japan and the U.S., but didn’t really seem to be getting anywhere, so at 19 she took an assortment of other jobs, including a flight attendant, personal trainer, English language teacher and bartender. But she couldn’t escape the feeling that she was leaving behind something important. “The thing I loved about wrestling was performing,” Lynch said. “I just loved being able to get up on that stage.” So Lynch went back to college and got a degree in acting. She began working as a stuntwoman, and after a suggestion by a colleague to go try out for the WWE, she made it onto the biggest professional wrestling platform in the world. While it might not have been the straightest path, Lynch finally achieved her dream. “Those years of confusion, when I was trying to figure out what to do, they just felt like a waste,” she said. “I was like, ‘This is what I’m meant to do.’”