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The surprising name who inspired Becky Lynch to become her current badlass self

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One less reason to hate on a certain WWE title reign.

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In a fascinating talk with Lillian Garcia on the lastest edition of her Chasing Glory podcast, SmackDown Women’s champion Becky Lynch sheds light on the real-life change in perspective which helped create the hottest character on the blue brand.

In talking about her first title run in WWE, which came shortly after being drafted to Tuesday nights and away from not only her best friend & travelling partner Charlotte Flair but also the other two NXT Horsewomen Bayley & Sasha Banks for the first time, Lynch says her focus was too much on the team. It left her apologizing for her own accomplishments:

“Maybe I wanted to work together with people too much, to really make it a communal effort that we were - ‘Yes, come on guys, we’re gonna do this, we’re gonna make it the thing...’ you know, and you had a tremendous talents there like Naomi and like Nikki [Bella] and Natty... who I respected, you know? And I respected them and I loved them and I wanted everybody to have it [the championship], you know? I wanted everybody to be part of it. And so with that there’s - maybe it’s a Catholic guilt thing, there’s also that guilt of, ‘But I also want you to have it,’ you know? ‘Don’t think that I think I’m better than you because I have...’ It’s just weird stuff - weird stuff like that that would go through my head.”

Lynch came to realize she couldn’t look at her job that way. What’s more, if she stopped apologizing for her talents, she could force others to be better in a way that trying to lift them up never could:

“I tried to make people stars. I always try to make sure that everybody that I get into the ring with looks like a million dollars, and people really care about that. But then at some stage you start going, ’Okay, how many people are doing that for me?’ And it’s not their job. It’s not their job. And it shouldn’t be their job. They should be caring about themselves. So it started to be more like, ‘Okay, you’ve got to do this,’ you know? And not that it’s a selfish thing, but you start caring more about yourself and you start elevating yourself and you’ll bring everybody else up with you. Because everybody else has to start stepping up once you do. You can’t lower yourself to match anybody, and I’m not saying - you can’t lower yourself to get along, right? To be at a place where everybody’s harmonious, so you feel like you have to bring yourself back down. No. Everybody’s just got to keep coming up and keep rising up and there’s no tension there with anybody. But it’s not a selfish thing. And I think that’s the conclusion that I came to. “

What brought her to this new approach? A crappy 2017, for one thing. And watching someone who had a really bad 2014 reach the top of the mountain:

“Being down, and seeing other people doing it. Seeing other people going out there and knowing like, ‘Oh no, I can do that. They’re doing that, I can do that. I can do that a million times better!’ Everybody... just anybody coming back and just believing in themselves - Jinder! Jinder was one that I saw who came back, believed in himself, worked on his mindset, worked on everything and was the champ and ruling SmackDown for a long time. And you look at people like that and you go, ‘Yeah. Good for you, man. Good for you. Take what you want. Take what you want and don’t apologize for it.’ And that’s what I was doing, I wasn’t taken what I wanted and I was apologizing for it! I was apologizing for everything, and so I was like ‘Oh no. You can’t apologize for anything.’ If you want something, you gotta go out - and it’s okay! If they want it, they’re gonna step up and they’re gonna take it. And they’re not gonna apologize for it either. At least I hope they’re not. Then I’m gonna step up and I’m gonna take it back. And it’s just gonna be this beautiful cycle where we all just keep elevating each other.“

So even is you were completely against Mahal’s long reign as WWE champion, at least something good came out of it, right?

Let us know what you think about that, and check out Chasing Glory for a lot of intriguing talk from the Badlass that may leave you wondering where the reality ends and the work begins.