WWE SmackDown Live Women’s Champion Becky Lynch was a guest on Ariel Halwani’s MMA Show. Among many topics of discussion, she talked about her injury at the hands of Nia Jax, how she got ‘The Man’ moniker.
On the topic of her injury, Becky said she had suffered a concussion and had blacked out when she was punched by Nia Jax.
“I got a severe concussion and I broke my nose, so I was in [the] hospital that night after the event, so I completely blacked out after I got hit, right? But I rolled to the ropes and got back up again. I guess my autopilot kicked in and I smashed half of RAW including Runny Ronnie. So it turns out that my autopilot is a badass too.”
Lynch said she did not remember what happened on RAW after she got punched. She also suggested that the punch made the potential Becky vs Ronda match even bigger, hinting at facing Ronda at Wrestlemania.
“Completely out of it, I was completely out on my feet. Well, hopefully, it will lead to bigger and better things. I think now the fight that people want to see is me versus Ronnie. They do want to see it on a bigger stage and I think WrestleMania is a pretty damn big stage. That’s my goal. That’s all I can think about. That’s all I want. I’m living it right now.
That’s what I wake up thinking about. That’s what I go to bed thinking about. If I had a vision board, that would be on my vision board. But I think the possibility is right there, right? And for no other reason than it is the fight that people most care about seeing, right? So it doesn’t matter what the gender is or if it’s for [WWE] Evolution and it’s the one that people care about the most, and so it should be the main event.”
When asked about how she got ‘The Man’ moniker, Becky revealed that Paul O’Brien came up with it while the two were talking.
“‘The Man’, so I throw a lot of stuff around. I have a friend back home and we throw a lot of stuff around and we often talk about mindset, right? And about confidence and about being ‘The Man’.
So my friend, Paul O’Brien, and I, we would always talk back and forth. He would say, ‘The Man’, and I would say, ‘I am ‘The Man,” so I started to believe that I am ‘The Man’ and so I started to throw that out there.” Lynch boasted, “now everybody knows I’m ‘The Man’.”
Responding to Ronda saying ‘The Man’ moniker is counterproductive, Becky said is not about gender, but rather it means that she is at the apex of the world of professional wrestling.
“That’s such a small-minded thing because I’m not talking about gender.” Rousey explained, “I’m not saying, ‘I am a man.’ I am saying, ‘I am ‘The Man”. ‘The Man’ has been used as a moniker meaning the top dog in our business. And if [Rousey] knew anything about our business, she might know that, right?
So it’s what Ric Flair called himself. ‘To be ‘The Man’, you have to beat ‘The Man’. There is nobody else who is on top of the totem pole like I am right now. So, therefore, I am ‘The Man’ and being ‘The Man’ is all about believing in yourself. It’s about believing in yourself more than other people believe in you.”
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.