She says WWE hasn’t made her to face of the company yet, but they’re definitely making Becky Lynch a focal point of their pay-per-view (PPV) promotion ahead of TLC this weekend. In addition to tomorrow’s Chronicle special on WWE Network and their YouTube channel, The Man has an interview with Yahoo! Sports out today (Fri., Dec. 14) and is also the guest on this week’s Edge & Christian podcast.
Both are worth any self-respecting Becky-phile’s time. For non-fans and haters... sorry, there’s probably multiple posts coming your way from them over the next few days. She does cover similar ground in both, so we’ll try to consolidate around like topics.
One that really caught my eye and ear is Lynch’s discussion of her social media use. Roasting her co-workers on Twitter and Instagram has definitely been a staple of her rise over the past several months. Like other 21st century wrestlers/sports entertainers, that’s a way for her to be able to control her character and make a connection with fans beyond whatever screen time she gets during SmackDown. Since Nia Jax “broke her face” on Nov. 12, Becky explains it’s also been a matter of necessity.
As she told Yahoo:
“What I had, it felt like lightning in a bottle and then when you have to sit out for a while, especially when you’re holding a championship, that’s debilitating and it weighs on your mind. I know a lot of people get upset with my social media, but it gets people interested and it gets people invested. If running my mouth is all I’m able to do, then that is what I will do. I will do whatever I can do to the best of my ability. If you want to punch me in the face and keep me out, you can’t keep my mouth out of it.
I have 15 minutes on TV, if I’m lucky, to tell people what I think, but if I have a platform at my fingertips, I can tell people what I think constantly so that they know exactly who I am and that they care about who I am and who I am fighting. I look at a lot of people’s social media and they are writing love letters to each other, I don’t have time for that, I don’t understand that.”
Her explanation on E & C’s Pod of Awesomeness wasn’t quite as PG... but definitely more Badlass:
“Right now, everybody’s warming themselves on the fire that I’ve started, so they’re all sitting around in their blankets at this campfire bitching about how I buried them on Twitter or how I’ve said this or how I’ve said that. Well look. I’m just coming at you from a place of truth. That’s all I’m doing. I’m just telling the truth. They can complain about how I haven’t been able to be in the ring, etc, etc. I got sucker punched, right, and I haven’t been able to do what I love to do, which is to go out there and fight every night. So what do I do? I fight with my mouth, so I’m running my mouth a little bit more on social media now. And I love it, cause it’s getting everybody hot.”
Excuse me, I have to swoon over the whole campfire analogy. The Man just knows how to turn a phrase.
That’s part of what gives her, as Edge calls it, “strong Twitter game”. It’s also her commitment to character, and the ‘Reality’ Era backstory which spawned her current one. As we’ve all joked, she and Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey probably run the insults they’re planning to tweet at one another by a few people, including their targets. In the E & C interview, as she did on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show earlier this week, she again puts over Rousey.
But then she slips right back into the swagger she’s been carrying herself with since SummerSlam. The one we all envy & admire. The one that made her The Man.
Everybody else can keep writing those love letters, and warming themselves besides Becky’s (straight) fire.