What did Becky Lynch think when WWE pitched her partnering up with real-life boyfriend Seth Rollins for a kayfabe storyline? She explained in an interview published in TalkSPORT last week:
“Honestly, I was very apprehensive. What I didn’t want was everybody talking about the relationship. What I wanted was two bad asses, two people at the top of their game fighting side-by-side. Not for the world to be reminded every five minutes that this is Becky Lynch’s boyfriend or that’s Seth Rollins’ girlfriend. Which, of course, they didn’t do. They were the masters of subtlety…
So, for that reason, I was apprehensive. But when I thought about it, I was like OK. One, we’re going to make this a badass fight, it’s going to be a great fight. No matter what, you know when you put me and Seth Rollins in a fight you’re going to get pure passion and we’re going to pull out all the stops. But in terms of having my relationship be the freaking be the front and centre, that’s not what I’m about. That’s not what I’ve worked towards. That’s not what I wanted.
I wanted to work with Seth because he’s the best in the business – you know, besides me – but working with him was awesome. He really is the absolute best.”
As The Man cheekily alludes to, from the moment the program started, WWE did frequently remind us “this is Becky Lynch’s boyfriend or that’s Seth Rollins’ girlfriend” whenever the performers or the angle was mentioned. So she was right to be apprehensive.
On the other hand, at least in this writer’s opinion, their feud built to a mixed tag main event at Extreme Rules that was much better than it had any right to be - and was more entertaining than any of the singles matches between Rollins & Baron Corbin, or Lynch & Lacey Evans. So we did get at least one “badass fight” out of it.
But even if you loved the relationship being “front and centre” and hated the match in Philadelphia last month, the main thing is that we seem to have moved on from Becky & Seth and back to the pair focusing on their singles careers.
Sounds like Lynch is a-okay with that.