Becky Lynch has reflected on her aborted heel turn in 2018 and says she didn’t think fans would boo her for a “single freakin’ second.”
Back in the summer of 2018, the rise of Becky Lynch took her to a SmackDown Women’s Championship match at SummerSlam. Her proposed one-on-one bout with Carmella had many fans hoping Lynch was set to become champion once again but Charlotte Flair soon intervened.
Flair was added to the match, making it a Triple Threat affair, and walked out of SummerSlam with the title. After the match, Becky Lynch attacked Flair while the crowd cheered wildly, but that was not the intended reaction.
Speaking to Stone Cold Steve Austin on The Broken Skull Sessions, Becky Lynch explained her thoughts on that situation and how she knew the fans would back 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.”
On the following SmackDown, Lynch cut a promo blaming the fans as she looked to cement her new status as a villain but the fans were still intent on showing their support for the Irish star:
“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.”
Asked by Austin if she thought the fans were going to see her as a heel in that situation, Lynch says other than a few people in the WWE office, nobody thought that:
“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.”
The career of Becky Lynch was launched into the stratosphere following the events of SummerSlam as The Man was born. Lynch was carried on this wave of momentum all the way to winning both the SmackDown and Raw Women’s Championships in the main event of WrestleMania 35.