WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch has recalled the 2018 incident which saw Nia Jax accidentally injuring her, saying it was a “blessing in disguise”.
Heading into Survivor Series in 2018, Lynch was the SmackDown Women’s Champion and was scheduled to take on the Raw Women’s Champion, Ronda Rousey at the event. On November 12th, ‘The Man’ led the women of SmackDown as they invaded Raw and brawled with the women from the red brand all over the arena. During the chaos, Nia Jax landed a punch that was a little too hard and resulted in Lynch suffering a broken nose and a concussion. This meant that the match between Lynch and Rousey could no longer go ahead, and Charlotte Flair was chosen to face the ‘Rowdy One’ instead.
Looking back on the incident while speaking with GiveMeSport, the ‘Irish Lass Kicker’ said that the iconic images of her with a bloodied nose and her arms out in the crowd was a big boost to her career.
“Gosh, I think that, in retrospect, I need to buy Nia Jax a bouquet of flowers because I think I think without that image, you know, myself covered in blood on top of the stands with my arms out, like my career, it may not have gotten to the place that it’s gotten now, you know?”
Lynch believes that things might well have panned out differently for her if that moment had never happened, so she sees it as a “blessing in disguise”.
“So yeah, 100% it was a blessing in disguise. I don’t know what would have happened otherwise. We [Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey] would have had our match, I probably would have won. Who knows? Who knows what would have happened? It’s so hard to tell, but I am very grateful for everything that happened along the way.”
Becky Lynch recently returned to action after several months away from the ring ahead of the birth of her first child, Roux, in December 2020. She made her shocking return at SummerSlam when she answered a challenge from Bianca Belair and defeated the ‘EST of WWE’ in record time to once again become the SmackDown Women’s Champion.
H/T to GiveMeSport for the above transcription.