WWE kept Becky Lynch’s pregnancy a secret from as many people as possible for as long as possible (more on that in a bit). But their publicity machine was primed and ready for the moment The Man said “You go and be a warrior, ‘cause I’m gonna go be a mother.”
People got the exclusive interview with Lynch, which ran shortly after 8 p.m. Eastern last night (May 11).
Their piece reveals the baby is due in December. There aren’t any specific dates mentioned, but by our math that means it’s likely Becky defended the Raw Women’s title at WrestleMania 36 - which was filmed the week of March 23 - while pregnant.
She doesn’t say whether or not she and fiancé Seth Rollins specifically planned to start a family now, but it was definitely in their plans:
“I’ve always, always wanted kids. I’m just so career-focused that it became one of those things that, when you’re chasing a dream for so long, I always wondered, ‘Am I going to get around to it? Is it going to happen for me?’
When we got together, things started to look a lot clearer and I knew he was the person that I wanted to have kids with — that this was going to happen and it was just a matter of when.
Seth is one of the smartest people I know. He’s just got an insane work ethic, insane integrity and he is the most generous, kindhearted person.”
He’s very, very focused on what the right thing to do is and always looking to grow and correct himself and be better so he can be the best person for me, and now, the best father.”
The couple learned Lynch was expecting in April when a pregnancy test confirmed her suspicions (Becky had to get a digital one because she botched the first few she took). They’re excited but nervous, as is to be expected. Their wedding plans, already on hold due to the pandemic, will wait even longer now - “We’ll get around to that,” she said of marriage, “there’s no rush, and now we’ll have a little flower girl or a page boy.”
Becky also isn’t in any rush to make any decisions about her future in WWE:
“It’s just such a joyous time and then such a sad time too. I loved this and I’ve given my life to this. I’ve achieved everything that I want to achieve in this business.
I don’t know what the next chapter is because I only know what it’s like to think for myself when I’m by myself. So I don’t know what it’ll look like and how my priorities shift and what I’m going to want in the future. So, everything’s open.”
Like pretty much every move she makes when dealing with her fans, it’s a smart way to discuss this. It’s impossible to know how she’ll feel about career/family balance in a year or three. So she’s not locking the door while making it clear she’s proud of what she’s done even if she opts not to open it again.
According to a behind-the-scenes report from Mike Johnson of PWInsider, WWE is treating Lynch’s status the same way - “We are told there is no timetable for Lynch’s potential return, at all.”
Regarding how hush-hush the news was kept, Johnson says Asuka had no idea she was winning the title when the Money in the Bank matches were filmed on April 15. WWE kept all discussions about the decision private, to the point there were a lot of people at the Performance Center yesterday who didn’t know what Becky was going to say until her segment was filmed.
Well, they weren’t alone. I know I was surprised!
Time will tell what surprises are in store for us when it comes to Becky, who may have to factor acting gigs into her career plans, as well. And Seth, who barring an ahead-of-schedule COVID-19 vaccine or cure will have to make a decision about taking time off, or quarantining away from his partner.
The parents-to-be definitely have surprises in store for them, as raising a family is full of them.