When Becky Lynch travels the Turnpike from Orlando to Miami, after the Royal Rumble, she plans to be proudly sporting the WWE Divas title around her waist and probably enjoying a nice head of victory lettuce.
WWE Monday Night Raw in Miami is Jan. 25 at the AmericanAirlines Arena. The night before at the Rumble, the fiery Lynch challenges the athletic Charlotte for the WWE Divas championship.
“That will be the first Raw where I’m the women’s champion, the divas’ champion,” Lynch confidently said.
Once best friends, the belt and Papa Flair have created a wedge in their relationship, turning them against each other. Such is life in the emotional, whacky world of sports entertainment, WWE style.
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Flair can’t wait to visit Miami.
“I will be in Miami,” Flair said. “It’s always huge. I love Miami. I love being there, and I’m bringing Lawrence Taylor with me. So you tell me how much fun that will be. LT and the Natch, the combination to beat.”
Charlotte and Lynch is a top combo, too, with or against each other. Their match-up can be a show stealer any time, any place, anywhere. They will battle at the Rumble in Orlando, and who knows if a rematch occurs for the belt the following night on Raw in Miami.
“They have great chemistry,” Flair said. “Becky is a wonderful person who works really hard. I look for it to be a great match.”
While in Miami, champion or challenger, Lynch will have some big fish to fry in the ring. Outside it, maybe this will be the first time she tries seafood. She hears the Cuban food is amazing, so that’s another option. She does enjoy lettuce, a favorite since moving to the states. Whole Foods and the Farmers’ Market are two places in Orlando she buys her lettuce, especially Romaine, her No.1 choice.
Where can she purchase that produce in Miami?
“I don’t know,” she said. “Get me a hook-up.”
Here ya go, Ms. Lynch.
Whole Foods Downtown Miami (299 SE 3rd St., Miami, 33131) less than a mile south of the AmericanAirlines Arena.
Is Becky Lynch in WWE different from Becky Lynch in NXT?
“No, I don’t think so, because I feel like the same person who has constantly overcome lots of difficulties,” she said. “Right now I’m overcoming a friend turning on me. There’s always been that fight element.”
She pondered her thought quickly and noted: “One difference from Becky Lynch in NXT to Becky Lynch in WWE is I think she knows a lot more who she is, exactly what her worth is and what she’s going for.”
Her worth is a lot, and she is going for the top prize, the WWE Divas title.
Beginning her pro wrestling journey in 2002 in another country, her homeland, Ireland, she’s earned this opportunity. It’s a challenge being from another country and making it with the global leader of sports entertainment, but Lynch is proving it can be done in all facets of the business.
Her Lass Kicker T-shirt is a winner.
“Actually, WWE came up with that,” she said. “The morning of NXT TakeOver [Unstoppable on May 20], my first singles title match against Sasha [Banks], I woke up, and there were these Lass Kicker shirts on my time-line. I thought, ‘Aw, that’s funny. Did Sheamus get a girl’s T-shirt?’ I didn’t realize it was for me, and then I saw it was my T-shirt. I said, ‘Wow, that’s brilliant.’ The only thing I thought of was, ‘My goodness. Why didn’t I think of that?”
Ring gear is important, too, and hers is eclectic, distinguishing herself from the rest, another key component of the Becky Lynch brand.
“I come up with what I want, and then I have different people who make it, or I just buy it. I find it on different web sites,” she said. “My ring gear is steampunk influenced.”
Steampunk is a subgenre of science fiction and sometimes fantasy that incorporates technology and aesthetic designs inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery.
Steampunk fashion is a sub-genre of the steampunk movement in science fiction. It is a mixture of the Victorian era’s romantic view of science in literature and the industrialization in most parts of Europe. The aesthetics of the fashion are designed with a post-apocalyptic era in mind. At the first steampunk convention, SalonCon, in 2006, steampunk enthusiasts dressed in costumes reflecting that era. The costumes included clothing, hairstyling, jewelery, body modification and make-up.
Steampunk fashion later included gadgets and contrasting accoutrements. Initially, the clothes such as bustiers, bodices, jackets and other items were mostly handmade and customized,, but as the steampunk movement grew, entrepreneurs and companies became interested and started to mass-produce steampunk clothing to be sold online and in stores.
Lynch, 28, said: “So that explains all the corsets and the jackets and the skirts and then the goggles, of course. It’s a collaboration of a bunch of different things, and I’m constantly looking for new ideas.
“So if there’s anybody out there who thinks of anything that would look good, send them my way, because I’m always looking for something that’s different from everybody else.”
How about the monocle, military hat, handlebar mustache, Ben Franklin bifocals, cane (not the wrestler), military jacket, arm prosthetic?
The goggles are great.
“The goggles are something very ingrained in the steampunk culture,” Lynch said. “They way I look at them and what they symbolize to me is it’s a way of looking at the world from my own unique set of eyes, and then I always say I feel like a pilot, and this is my ship, and I’m going to take it to infinity and beyond.”
Lynch’s stardom is soaring, but yet she is still down to earth, appreciating and making time for her fans. She is also a wordsmith as described on her real Twitter account.
“I really love the word puddle,” she said in her cute accent.
Hopefully, though, puddles will not be a problem as everyone gathers for WWE Monday Night Raw in Miami (the night after the Royal Rumble) at the AmericanAirlines Arena, home of the three-time NBA champion Miami Heat. Miami’s own Udonis Haslem, a key member of those three Heat championship teams, is a big fan of WWE.
WWE’s flagship program is Monday, Jan. 25, and it will be broadcast live on the USA Network. The fallout from the Royal Rumble will pack some excitement, and to be there live will be exciting.
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“If I wasn’t doing this, I would have to be doing something creative,” she said. “I would have to be performing, whether it’s acting, whether it’s stunts, whether it’s writing. Just something where I can create, where I can perform and where I can be involved in an art form, and try to take the ferocity in my head and share them with the world. That’s what I try to do with wrestling.”
Lynch, who enjoys watching UFC, trains occasionally in MMA at The Jungle in Orlando.
“I do jiu-jitsu and Muay Thai there, but I can’t get down there a lot,” said Lynch, whose WWE schedule keeps her very busy. “I practiced a bunch of things, but I never have the time nor ability to stick to one martial art and perfect it.”
Quite the background, Lynch, who was trained in professional wrestling by Finn Balor and Paul Tracey in Ireland, graduated with a degree in acting from the Dublin Institute of Technology. She also attended Columbia College Chicago and the Gaiety School of Acting.
“That helped me 100 percent in WWE,” she said. “It taught you about tapping into your own personal emotions and then bringing that out in whatever character you’re playing. So I think that’s been a tremendous bonus for me...sometimes you got to find the truth to what you’re feeling in those words, so that when you say them, they’re believable. I feel that [acting experience/knowledge] has been an incredible advantage.”
One of her favorite plays/books is “The Pride of Parnell Street.”
“It’s an Irish play, and it’s just one of thee best plays that I’ve ever read, I’ve ever seen performed,” Lunch gushed. “It’s two running monologues. There’s so much tragedy in it, and there’s so much relatability in it and so much comedy in it. It’s just an incredible piece of work. Two monologues running the entire time. It switches back-n-forth, and it would be very easy for that to get tiresome or boring, but when I saw it, it was incredible, just one of the best plays I’d ever seen.”
Fans are watching Lynch deal with comedy and tragedy in WWE’s storylines. She is passionate about what she does, and it shows. With that, she is inspiring others as a role model, especially for girls.
“That’s something that’s constantly in the back of my mind, when I’m doing everything,” Lynch said. “Am I setting a good example? For the most part, I think I am.”
Fans make outstanding art of her and her goggles, sharing it with her in person or via social media.
Lynch appreciates the artistry just as much as the “Rocky” movie series.
One of her favorite songs is “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor from “Rocky III,” and she recently saw “Creed,” which Sylvestor Stallone won a Golden Globe, his first.
“[Creed] was so good,” she said. “Anytime anything is going on in my life in general, I just imagine that I’m Rocky, and it makes everything better.”
She added: “I think I need to be in the new ‘Expendables’ movie.
That movie could use a Lass Kicker.
- Raw in Miami
WWE Monday Night Raw, WWE’s flagship program, is Jan. 25, and it will be broadcast live on the USA Network from the AmericanAirlines in Miami.
The event starts at 7:30 p.m. with live TV time beginning at 8 p.m.
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- Royal Rumble in Orlando
WWE Divas champ Charlotte (with Ric Flair) battles former friend Becky Lynch for the title as the Royal Rumble, one of WWE’s biggest shows, is Sunday, Jan. 24 at Orlando’s Amway Center, home of the NBA Orlando Magic.
Also, WWE Intercontinental champ Dean Ambrose faces Kevin Ownes in a Last Man Standing Match for the belt.
Kalisto defends the U.S. title against former champ Alberto Del Rio.
WWE tag champs The New Day (Big E, Kofi Kingston and/or Xavier Woods) face The Usos (Jimmy and Jey Uso).
Pre-show, Darren Young and Damien Sandow vs. The Dudley Boyz (Bubba Ray and D-Von Dudley) vs. The Ascension (Konnor and Viktor) vs. Mark Henry and Jack Swagger with the winners qualifying for the Royal Rumble.
The event is already sold-out, but to check if any tickets have been released, go to
Available on WWE Network, the Royal Rumble drop kicks-off the Road to WrestleMania with the winner of the 30-man battle royal winning the WWE World title and being featured at WrestleMania 32 on Sunday, April 3 at AT&T Stadium in Dallas.
- More WWE in Florida
WWE will be at the Germain Arena, home of the Florida Everblades hockey team, for a super house show (no TV) on Saturday, Jan. 23 in Estero/Fort Myers. Bell time is 7:30 p.m.
WWE visits the Amalie Arena, home of the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning, on Tuesday, Jan. 26 in Tampa for a SmackDown TV taping. Bell time is 7 p.m.
SmackDown is 8 p.m. Thursdays on the USA Network.
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