It’s difficult to figure out where to slot these quotes from Raw & SmackDown Women’s champion Becky Lynch about her old rival Ronda Rousey.
For one thing, they come from an entertainment tabloid, Us Weekly. And we’ve seen those types of outlets get confused about kayfabe before.
For another, it’s not clear when the interview took place. Us’ posted date on the article is April 23, but they say Lynch spoke to them “the heels of her WrestleMania 35 victory over Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair — which made her both the Women’s Raw Champion and Women’s SmackDown Champion”. Does that mean it was conducted shortly after the April 7 event? Last week? It’s not clear.
But it’s also not the first time The Man’s fired some parting shots at Ronda. And regardless of when she said these things, they still could be in service of more feuding between the two wrestlers in the future. Rousey’s latest updates on her plans confirm she’ll focus on starting a family before deciding about her future in wrestling, but they don’t rule out coming back to WWE.
So... legit bad blood, or just a long-term work? You decide. Here’s what Becky had to say to Us about the woman she pinned at ‘Mania:
“She only knows how to win. So that when she doesn’t win, she can’t handle it.
Oh yeah, absolutely [Ronda is a ‘sore loser’]. She hasn’t been around. She hasn’t showed up to RAW. She hasn’t showed up to SmackDown and I assume we’re not going to see her for a while... Oh, she has incredible athletic ability. Incredible! Like undeniable. Nobody can deny that. And if you did, you’d be a liar. She took to this sport athletically like nobody’s business. But this isn’t where her heart is, this isn’t where her passion is. And so I’m glad I got to beat her and I want her out of here.
I’m happy I beat her. I want to get rid of her... She doesn’t deserve to be here. She’s disrespected my business and I am delighted that she’s gone.
If she wants to go and have a family, that’s great for her. Sail off into the sunset. But I’ll be here running the show.”
You can read the entire article on Us Weekly’s website here.