Ronda Rousey expects a match at Becky Lynch

Becky Lynch vs. Ronda Rousey in a singles match is what pro wrestling fans have wanted to see since November 2018 — and Lynch agrees to make them wait a little longer.

Lynch, who will defend her Raw Women’s Championship against Bianca Belair on Night 1 of a two-day WrestleMania 38 at AT&T Stadium April 2-3 (8 p.m., Peacock), said she wasn’t surprised that WWE chose Charlotte Flair as Rouseys first booked WrestleMania opponents after the former UFC star returned in January after a nearly three-year absence. The company is eyeing next year’s WrestleMania at Los Angeles’ SoFi Stadium to finally hold the match. It’s one that fans have been clamoring for since Lynch was pulled off Rousey at Survivor Series 2018 for sustaining a fractured face and concussion from a hard punch from Nia Jax.

“I think the idea was, let’s build it some more and maybe do that in Hollywood [at WrestleMania 39] of all things,” Lynch said in a phone interview. “I think the idea was to give it a little more time and heck let Ronda get her feet wet.”

Like Lynch, Rousey, 35, recently welcomed her first child. She came back four months later to win the Royal Rumble and has only had seven official matches since then. As a result of winning the Rumble, Rousey storyline-picked SmackDown Women’s Champion Flair as her WrestleMania 38 opponent over Lynch, saying she would only be first on her list.

It was Flair who took Lynch’s spot at Survivor Series in 2018, and Rousey won the physical match via disqualification after the Queen hit her with a kendo stick. Lynch, who no longer works as a babyface but the Heelish “Big Time Becks,” also has her own unfinished story with Bianca Belair – dating back to her SummerSlam return in 2021 – to tie in at WrestleMania 38. That pushed her long-awaited meeting with Rousey down the street a logical decision.

“We had to tell that story with Bianca as well,” Lynch said. “So I was surprised? No, not quite, not really. I think they thought maybe Hollywood would be where this match would end up.

Becky Lynch puts the Disarm Her on Ronda Rousey.
Becky Lynch disarms Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35.

She believes the audience’s fascination with the match is rooted in the Survivor Series feud that never really paid off — despite Lynch defeating Rousey and Flair in WrestleMania 35’s historic main event to become a double champion. It was Lynch’s “The Man” character in a storyline that challenged Rousey’s status as “the chosen one” and catapulted her to the top of the list after she got off the UFC and failed to pay her dues. Her character, who saw herself as the top person in the business, was annoyed by this and wasn’t afraid to say it.

“My talent, my skills, my communication skills got me to the top,” Lynch said. “So I don’t care what your name is, you’re behind me right now. It was that attitude that started this whole thing and then obviously we were supposed to have this Survivor Series match and my face got ripped open and we never had this one on one match. Maybe we’ll have it next year. Maybe something else will happen. I’m not worried I am the name now.”

One name also on Lynch’s list for a potential match is Trish Stratus of the WWE Hall of Fame. While Stratus has said her 2019 SummerSlam match with Charlotte Flair in Toronto was her last, the two worked out a Twitter feud over both at a WWE Live event in Ontario, Canada last weekend that easily served as a stepping stone could be used. starting point for a story. Things got physical when Stratus slapped Lynch once.

“I could end Trish Straus,” said Lynch, who defeated close Stratus friend and legend Lita in the Elimination Chamber in February. “I’ve already dealt with her beast. I could finish her too if she wants.” Ronda Rousey expects a match at Becky Lynch


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