Becky Lynch is now one of the biggest stars in wrestling and is in the argument for the greatest female wrestler in WWE history.
However, you’d never think that by looking back at her debuts in NXT and the main roster.
Her debuts were not great and set her up for complete failure, yet her supreme talent rose above and made her the best in the world.
Becky Lynch NXT Debut
Becky Lynch made her NXT debut on the May 30th, 2014 episode of NXT on the WWE Network. She had previously wrestled on live events around Florida that weren’t televised, but this match was her first in front of the cameras at Full Sail University.
Her first match was against Summer Rae. Summer was a top heel in NXT and had lead her own stable known as “BFF’s”.
She had since been called up the main roster as dancing partner to Fandango, but came back down to NXT to wrestle the future Irish Lass Kicker.
Speaking of Lynch being Irish, they really bashed it over our heads that she was indeed from the Emerald Isle. She came out in all green, to a tune that sounded typical of an Irish folk song.
It started out with some rock guitar, to make you think they weren’t going all in, but then the flute kicked in.
Then Becky Lynch began to Irish jig her way down to the ring, ruining any credibility she may have had in the ring.
She was positioning herself an Irish stereotype, and that is never a good sign. People like Sheamus make being Irish a part of their identity, but didn’t make it all they had in their personality.
It was a truly terrible idea for her debut character and one we can thank god she did not continue with going forward. Otherwise she’d have been fired pretty soon after (which she nearly was until her job was saved by Dusty Rhodes).
The match itself was… bad. Once they let them actually wrestle it was actually quite good – a flurry of offence by Lynch leading up the finish looked great and actually had me intrigued to where this character was going to go.
However, where the match fell apart completely was the dancing segment. No, really.
The pair had a “dance off” of sorts, with Summer Rae twirling and showing off her ballroom dance moves, whilst Becky Lynch’s Irish Jig just confused people and turned them off of her.
Lynch one the match with an exploder Suplex that would later be known as the “Becksploder”.
It put her off to a winner start and started up a feud with Sasha Banks, which would culminate in an incredible match at NXT Takeover: Unstoppable.
Even The Man herself called her NXT debut, taking a tongue-in-cheek jab at her former self. However, she still achieved all her goals in life and reminded people that “Where you’ve been doesn’t have to indicate where you’ll go.”
Despite never winning the NXT Women’s Championship, losing twice in a row on Takeover Events, Becky Lynch made her WWE main roster debut alongside former NXT Women’s Champion Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair in the “Women’s Revolution” segment on the WWE main roster.
For years, women in WWE had been treated as lesser than the men. They were given two-minute matches weekly and no promo time and were not treated with any dignity.
This lead to the women’s revolution, a movement started by AJ Lee and the “Give Divas A Chance” hashtag, and the fine work done by the women of NXT in changing perceptions of women pro-wrestlers.
On the July 13th, 2015 edition of Monday Night Raw, Stephanie McMahon announced the “Women’s Revolution” on the main roster and the debut of three of NXT’s hottest prospects.
To start a three-way faction warfare storyline, Paige was joined by the debut Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in their battle against The Bella Twins (and Alicia Fox for some reason).
Later on Sasha Banks joined up with Noami and Tamina as “Team B.A.D” and the NXT invasion had been completed.
A week later, Becky Lynch would wrestle in her WWE main roster debut, teaming up with Paige (known as Saraya in AEW) in a battle against the duo of Sasha Banks and Naomi.
Despite wrestling in her first match, that is used to introduce herself to the WWE audience worldwide, Lynch’s team would be defeated by Banks and Naomi.
In a good match that showcased the two debuting superstars, it would be Banks who picked up the win for her team.
Despite looking like losing on multiple occasions, she took advantage of interference by Tamina by locking in the Banks Statement submission move and forcing Paige to tap out, giving her the victory.
As we all know, Becky Lynch’s debut would not define her. It would take her a few years to define her character, but when she did she became “The Man” and grew to the biggest star in wrestling.
She was the most popular wrestler in the company and forced the company to make her the first woman to main event WrestlemWrestleManiaania, when she defeated Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in the main event of WrestleMania 35.
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Hamish is a writer and podcaster and wrestling fan who is a key part of the Atletifo team.
After playing countless hours of WrestleMania X8 on the Gamecube, he discovered Rey Mysterio getting his head crushed by The Great Khali, and thus a love for professional wrestling was born.
He is also a Media Graduate, as well as writing for multiple sites about Premier League football and the culture of Wales – his home country.