Becky Lynch opened up about her time in NXT during a recent interview on After The Bell with Corey Graves and Kevin Patrick. The former WWE Women’s Champion discussed her feelings of discomfort and the challenges she faced while working in the developmental brand.
Lynch revealed that she never truly found a sense of comfort during her tenure in NXT. Unlike her experience on the main roster, where she felt more at ease, NXT presented constant uncertainty for her. She explained that being on the chopping block was a recurring concern, always feeling like her spot was at risk.
The constant pressure to prove herself became a defining aspect of Lynch’s time in NXT. She acknowledged that she didn’t have the luxury of being seen as an instant success or a future top star. This circumstance motivated her to adopt a survival mechanism. With nothing to lose, Lynch embraced unconventional characters and took on various roles, including a silly Irish jig performer and a little old lady magician. She hoped that something would resonate with the audience and secure her place in the company.
“I don’t know that I ever felt comfortable in NXT. From the moment I got on RAW, I felt way more comfortable than I ever did in NXT. I think a lot of that was I was always on the chopping block. Like, I was always on the chopping block. It’s kind of one of those things where you say to people, like, ‘Oh, no, I wasn’t good’, and they go, ‘Oh yeah, sure, sure.’
“The great thing about me was I didn’t really have anything to lose and I didn’t have any shame, so I get up there and I do a silly Irish jig and I played crazy characters like little old lady magician and all this different stuff and hoped something stuck, because I was like, well you know what? They’re not going to book me like I’m the next Goldberg. I’m not going to be spotted and seen like, ‘Okay, we need to put a rocket to her because she’s got it.’
“For me, it was just a matter of how I could survive. So give me anything, give me a sliver of anything, and I will take it. I will run with it. I will put as much energy as I can into it and try to make it as good as I can and that was kind of what I did. That was my survival mechanism.”
The challenging environment in NXT prevented Lynch from becoming complacent or entitled. She believed that her constant hustle and determination not to rest on her laurels made her performances even better. Lynch attributed her relatability and connection with the fans to this mindset. She recognized that not everyone is handpicked as the next big thing, and her relentless work ethic struck a chord with audiences who appreciated her journey.
“I think I had the luxury of feeling like I never made it or like I was never going to make it and I think that was a blessing because it never allowed me to become complacent or entitled. I just always had to work and I had to grind. I think that’s what made everything better and I also think that’s what has endeared me to the fans. I think they see that. Not many people are seen and spotted and like, ‘That’s our guy. That’s our girl. Let’s strap a rocket to them. Not many people get that in life and I think people can relate to that.”
In a world where success often seems like an overnight phenomenon, Becky Lynch’s journey in NXT stands as a testament to the value of hard work, resilience, and unwavering commitment.
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