The “Irish Lass Kicker” Becky Lynch


The fiery redhead known as Rebecca Quin hails from Dublin, Ireland and was born on January 30, 1987.  She and her brother were both trained at a wrestling school in Ireland under the tutelage of Finn Balor (aka Fergal DeVitt) and Paul Tracey. She also received some additional wrestling training in Britain.

Prior to wrestling, Quin had a varied background of interests and experiences. She worked for a short while as a flight attendant and studied acting, appearing in several stage productions. She also attended university studying history and politics.

Using the ring name of Rebecca Knox, Quin started off her career in the European independents. She had a moment of fame when she won France’s World Queen of Chaos Championship which she successfully defended for 2.5 months.

She had some success in Canada, in particular the province of British Columbia where she won the inaugural SuperGirls Championship belt. She would defend the championship for over ten months and participated in singles, tag team and mixed gender bouts.

After having a run in New England and later in Washington, Knox showed up in Japan for a lucrative two-week stint, winning battle royals, singles bouts and tag team contests to her impressive resume.

During this period, Lynch also sustained fractures to both ankles as well as two “stingers” – nerve irritations from abrupt neck trauma.

In 2006, she started working for an Independent promotion called Shimmer where she had continued success as heel. She was supposed to engage in a 60 minute Iron Woman bout, but had to renege as she had sustained a serious head injury during a previous bout in Germany and was re-considering her wrestling career at the time.

After a period of managing teams, she wound up in the developmental WWE territory NXT in 2013 as Becky Lynch. She started off defeating the likes of Summer Rae, but then went on a losing streak, mostly to the reigning champion Charlotte Flair.

In a hope to gain some momentum, Lynch teamed with Sasha Banks and turned heel. The combo was known as B.A.E. (Best at Everything), but the team broke up when Banks cost Lynch a victory against Bayley.

She became a contender for the NXT Women’s Championship but was unsuccessful at capturing the gold. She was then given the opportunity to appear on Raw before the largest audience of her career.

She appeared on Raw as a face, teaming with old nemesis Charlotte and Paige (collectively known as Team PCB) in a three way feud between Team Bella (Alicia Fox and the Bella Twins) and Team BAD (Beautiful & Dangerous) consisting of Naomi, Tamina Snuka and Banks.

The rival factions would face one another in six man matches as well as in singles competition. Team PCB ultimately broke up when Paige attacked Lynch and Charlotte out of jealousy that Charlotte was the Diva’s Champion.

Lynch lost to Paige in a contender’s bout for the Diva’ title, but Lynch later defeated Paige the following week.

Lynch and former friend Charlotte (who had now turned heel) faced one another in several bouts, with Lynch losing due to interference from Charlotte’s dad, “Nature Boy” Ric Flair.

WrestleMania 32 rolled around and Lynch competed in a triple threat bout for the now named WWE Women’s Championship against Charlotte and Banks. Lynch was unsuccessful at gaining the gold.

She was then involved in a series of alliances and feuds that seemed to change on a daily basis including Natalyia Neidhart, Emma, and Dana Brooke.

Lynch was then drafted to SmackDown! and had great success, capturing the WWE Women’s Championship in a 6 pack elimination match at the BackLash Pay-Per-View event in 2016.

Lynch had some successful title defenses but eventually lost to Alexa Bliss in a tables match at the TLC pay-Per-View event after holding the title for a record 84 days.  Thereafter, her feud with Bliss continued, even adopting a gimmick where the two would wear masks and call themselves “La Luchadora”.

Since then, Lynch has had some victories, but none of them were for any championship recognition. She is presently active on the SmackDown! roster. Despite her injuries, Lynch has tremendous talent and ambition to once again make it to championship status in the ever-competitive world of the Women’s division of WWE.

Special thanks to Dr. Stephen Balsky for contributing the above wrestler profile.

Dr. Stephen Balsky is a chiropractor currently in practice in his native Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He has been a wrestling fan since age 13 and is very passionate about the product, especially the “old-school” 80’s – 90’s era. He completed his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree in 2015 and currently is also working part-time as a professor in both business and healthcare.


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