WWE’s Becky Lynch EXCLUSIVE: ‘I want to be in a Boneyard Match!’
Raw Women's Champion Becky Lynch says she wants to compete in a Boneyard match after seeing The Undertaker and AJ Styles at WrestleMania.
Lynch emerged victorious over Shayna Baszler on the first evening of WWE 's two night event, following a hard fought contest with the former MMA fighter.
And she enjoyed watching the "awesome" main event between Taker and Styles so much, she fancies trying her hand at the unique cinematic style of WWE contest.
Life could not be much better for the biggest women’s star in WWE – holder of the most prestigious title in women's wrestling, a bona fide celebrity and engaged to fellow superstar Seth Rollins.
Becky Lynch has now held the Raw women's title for close to a year, having defeated Ronda Rousey and Charlotte for the Raw and SmackDown women’s belts in the main event of WrestleMania 35 last year.
In an interview with Mirror Sport's Mo Chatra, Becky opened up about contesting a match with Baszler in front of no fans, the future of her career and NXT.
What was it like competing in front of no fans? It must have felt very different not being able to feed off a crowd.
It's different, and it's definitely weird. It's better with the fans there, no question. It wasn't as weird as I would've expected. Part of it is that I wrestled on the independent circuit – I wrestled in front of seven people!
At the end of the day, I have a job to do, and that's to have the best match I possibly can, so if that's for 10 people, or millions of fans watching at home, that is the job. I went out there and I did the absolute best that I could – and it was enough because I'm still the Raw Women's Champion.
Indeed, you are. Shayna Baszler is a formidable opponent, and many were predicting a changing of the guard, given how strong she looked in the weeks leading up to the match. Clearly, that didn't happen, and you retained your title. What are your thoughts on the match?
I'm very proud of the match; very proud. I think we went out there and beat the hell out of each other. It wasn't necessarily a matter of who was tougher but of who is the master of the game. I think at this stage I've proven it time and time again. I enjoyed fighting her – she is as tough as hell. Maybe we'll do it again.
She wanted to destroy me, but there was no way I was letting her destroy me. When she was talking about that, who [was she] really talking about? I know she needed this. I know she wanted this. I know she's been in Ronda's shadow. I know she wants to be appreciated in her own right and not constantly be in (Ronda's) shadow.
It's all about showing up time and time again. I was on Raw and SmackDown for three or four years before any of this stuff happened for me. It can't happen overnight. You have to be a student of this game. You have to be durable. You have to show patience. You have to show maturity.
Now one of the other matches on the show was the Boneyard Match, which was the main event of night one of WrestleMania 36. This is a match which has received rave reviews; it was very different to a conventional match. Is this the kind of match you would like to compete in, or something similar which is out of the box and away from the conventional environment?
Absolutely. This time is a whole new opportunity for us to reimagine wrestling. To think of different ways for how we can do this and to be more creative. That's what that match did. It proved it's value. It was awesome – it was so entertaining. Absolutely, I'm always looking for something different, I'm always looking for something new and I'm always looking for a challenge. I don't think anybody would not want to be involved in something like that.
On the subject of reimagining, one of the other subjects that has been talked about for some time is that of intergender wrestling, where men and women compete against one another in the same match. Is that something that you see in the future of WWE?
It's happened. I competed against James Ellsworth a few years ago. Last year I teamed with Seth Rollins against Lacey Evans and Baron Corbin [at Extreme Rules]. I don’t think it's necessary that guys and girls have to fight each other. It's cool if it happens. It's cool if it doesn't happen.
I think it's fine that we have our own leagues, like other sports, where they don’t generally intertwine. But it is wrestling, and we could do what we want with that, but it's not something that we have to shoot for or not shoot for. If it happens, it happens, but if not, then that’s fine.
You've reached the pinnacle of this industry. You've achieved so much and you're one of the biggest stars in the business. How much longer do you want to carry on? Do you want to carry on for as long as you can, or is there a timeframe that you want to work to?
Not really. I really love this, and I love working with new people. There are so many hungry talents coming through in NXT. I hope that they can stay that way.
I hope they want to become the best and I want to work with those people. That's the future and as long as we can keep generating new talent, I would love to keep working.
Speaking of NXT, it's almost tradition now that after WrestleMania, we see talent come up from NXT and into Raw and SmackDown. At this moment in time, the NXT women's roster is absolutely stacked. Are there any of those talent on that roster that you think are ready to step up now?
Yes, there's quite a few… I would say Bianca Belair is one that could come up here. Rhea Ripley, who is defending her NXT title [against Charlotte] tonight. Tegan Nox, Mia Yim – there’s a lot of women who I'd love to pick.
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