Sunday, September 15, 2019

In the year of 2019, there is arguably no bigger WWE star than ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch. The Irish badass has surpassed all expectations of what it means to be a female wrestler. What started as a groundswell movement soon transformed into unanimous mainstream popularity; from mainstream support came a small place in pop culture thanks in part to the star’s excellent social media presence. The Connor McGregor/Steve Austin inspired star might be one of the most popular stars since the latter left the company.

Austin and Lynch certainly share some recognisable characteristics but what is not as obvious is just how many parallels run throughout their careers. Both superstars at first struggled to gain real traction on the independent circuit. Austin would move from territory to territory failing to properly prove himself in companies such as WCW or ECW, despite turning in strong work. Lynch meanwhile, would compete around the world in various promotions, but would momentarily leave wrestling after an injury. Despite each of their setbacks, the two would eventually make it to WWE. As we know success would soon find both wrestlers though it wasn’t always easy, Lynch was briefly tagged with an Irish dancing gimmick whilst Austin was known as ‘The Ringmaster’. Neither were exactly what the company was looking for in a main-event star, but this is where the parallels between the two would momentarily diverge. The doubt wouldn’t linger around Austin for long, for Lynch, however, this feeling would be much harder to shake off. The Irish native was seemingly devoid of a complex personality who seemed destined to be a footnote in comparison to her other ‘WWE four horsewomen’ stablemates. She would slowly gain a following before turning heel on Charlotte at last year’s Summerslam; thus ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch was born.

Becky Lynch is easily one of the most enjoyable characters on the roster and the fact the gimmick feels such a natural fit makes it even more of a pleasant surprise. It is here though, that the Austin parallels return. There might be some debate about whether this is a good thing. Lynch was recently screwed out of her Wrestlemania shot by Vince, though it seems likely that it will be Stephanie secretly pulling the strings. WWE once again has looked to the past for inspiration: Lynch is the screwed crowd favourite who rallies against the hierarchy; Stephanie is the misunderstood, yet, untrustworthy authority figure who will descend into villainy (despite being a bad guy for so long); and Charlotte is the chosen corporate champion. It is the same main event dynamic that contained Vince McMahon, Austin and The Rock in 1998 following Survivor Series: Deadly Game. It is a great storyline that had new developments occurring every week. Tt is refreshing in comparison to the slow pace of many of today’s programs. The individual vs the corporation has been a storyline regurgitated by WWE so many times to diminishing returns, but for whatever reason (perhaps because of the talents involved), the story is working; how long will it last though? When fans start to realise the obvious parallels between now and the attitude era storyline will they embrace the program or reject it? Only time will tell, but one would hope for the women involved that it will be a success.


Tags: ,

Related Article

Join The Conversation – Follow Us!

INSTAGRAM

Check Out Our Podcast!

Rope Break Podcast
Rope Break Podcast
Each and every week, we bring you hours of chat all about the very best of professional wrestling around the world! Welcome to Rope Break!
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 21

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen, Welcome to Episode 21 of The Rope Break Podcast.

Callum and Ian are back with a packed show. We kick off the show by discussing the new format to our podcast that will be coming soon. Then we go through the news from around the wrestling world which includes 205 Live being cancelled, No NXT TakeOver in January, Change to main roster commentary, Ric Flair suing WWE and then we talk about our favourite MSG moments.

Then we rundown Monday Night RAW which included Baron Corbin getting the win in the Triple Threat match to advance to the KOTR Final and then SmackDown Live which included Shane McMahon inserting himself into the KOTR Semi-Final against Chad Gable after Elias dropped out due to injury.

We then rundown the card for Clash of Champions on Sunday and give our predictions.

As always you can check us out on all social media @RopeBreakBrand as well as on our website www.ropebreak.co.uk

Follow Callum & Ian on Twitter @CallumH2000 @Milney1989

Enjoy the show and thanks for listening.

Rope Break Podcast: Episode 21
Throwback Thoughts: ICW Fear & Loathing IX
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 20
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 19
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 18
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 17
WWE SummerSlam 2019 Review
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 16
Throwback Thoughts: WWE SummerSlam 2002
Rope Break Podcast: Episode 15