Becky Lynch has opened up about her potential heel turn in 2018, commenting that she doesn’t think it would have worked.
Heading into the summer of 2018, Becky Lynch was one of the top names in WWE’s women’s division, but her journey to superstardom was in it’s infancy. After racking up a number of wins following Money In The Bank, Lynch earned herself a match with SmackDown Women’s Champion Carmella at SummerSlam. However, Charlotte Flair was later added to the match and walked out with the championship.
After the match, Lynch turned on Flair delivering a vicious beatdown. The theory was that by turning on her now-former friend, Lynch would become a heel. Although, once the attack began, the crowd roared their approval.
Speaking to Stone Cold Steve Austin on The Broken Skull Sessions about this period, Lynch explained that the fans didn’t want to see Flair as champion, so sided with her.
“I was supposed to have my big singles match at SummerSlam (2018) and people were really excited for it. People wanted to see me versus Carmella. They wanted to see the title back on (me). And Charlotte (Flair) ended up getting in the match. And at the time, Charlotte had so many opportunities, no one wanted to see her in there.”
“The company thought that she was going to be the babyface in this and by me turning on my friend over a championship, that I would be the bad guy but of course, anybody who knew was like, ‘Well, you’re going to be a badass who just doesn’t care anymore, and you’re going to come and kick the crap out of people, you’re going to be like Stone Cold’ – for lack of a better term – is what people thought.”
Despite this, on the following episode of SmackDown, Lynch cut a promo hitting out at the fans in an effort to cement her heel turn. But once again, the crowd only got further behind her. The Man said that by this point she knew trying to be a heel simply wouldn’t work.
“Years of being in the back and waiting my turn and not getting it constantly feeling like I’m right there, and then taken off TV, and then right there, and then taken off TV, and right there. So it just constantly felt like that. I didn’t want to go to the audience that night, but they really wanted me to.”
“But, and I said to them, ‘When Charlotte beat me, you all stood up and cheered the new champion’. When I said that, I could feel a, ‘Ugh, yeah, we did. We did. I’m sorry.’ And it felt like there’s no way heeling on them right now is going to work. I did it, I did it only a little bit. But I knew that it wasn’t going to work.”
Lynch added that apart from a few people within WWE, she knew there was no way the fans were going to boo her and treat her as a heel.
“Not for a single freakin’ second. Did anybody think that? There were some people in the office that thought they were going to boo me, but there was nobody else that thought I was the heel in this thing.”
Becky Lynch went on to defeat Charlotte Flair to reclaim the SmackDown Women’s Championship as her star rocketed to new heights. Now referring to herself as The Man, Lynch embarked on a momentous run that would take her all of the way to a double championship victory in the main event of WrestleMania 35.