The WWE return of Becky Lynch has split opinions of fans and WWE Hall of Famers alike.
While many were excited to see Becky Lynch return to the ring after 16 months away, her quick defeat of SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair proved more controversial. Belair, who had been champion since WrestleMania 37 was defeated by the Irishwoman in under 30 seconds.
Speaking after the show with Scott Fishman, two-time Divas Champion Nikki Bella expressed her frustration at Belair losing the championship. A sentiment that has now been echoed by WWE Hall of Famer Booker T.
While discussing The Man’s return on his Hall of Fame podcast, Booker said that he was unsure whether anyone within WWE production meetings is able to speak from a similar perspective as Bella.
“Nikki is talking from a… Let’s just speak from an executive perspective. She’s talking about what I was just talking about here earlier: you got to know how to protect your talent,”
“I could only think, I don’t know, but I don’t know if there’s anybody in that boardroom that are there in those meetings like a Nikki Bella, who’s able to actually speak up from experience about a situation like that and what it means for the ladies being out there in the middle of that ring and the fans that they’re catering to. I don’t think it’s anybody in there that can speak from that perspective. I don’t know. I could be wrong.”
Expanding further, Booker said that he was in agreement with his fellow Hall of Famer. The former World Champion explained that while he’s a fan of Lynch, he didn’t like how her return was presented.
“Everything she said is 100 percent. The consensus around the wrestling world and the WWE universe, and for instance my wife, everyone is saying the exact same thing: I’m a Becky Lynch fan, but man I didn’t like it going down that way. Every fan is pretty much saying the exact same thing. For me, I’m not an insider. I don’t know what’s going on as far as why the matches turn out the way I do. I never know which way they’re going to go on it, or why they’re going the routes that they go. I’m just as in the dark and confused as everyone else.”
Reflecting on the match itself, Booker said that the way it was put together took him out of the moment.
“When you look at a match-up like that, you go, ‘Oh, Becky’s going to be fighting up hill on this deal right here.’ Then something like that happens and it takes you out of the point where your imagination is suspended there for a moment,”
“I always talk about suspending the imagination for the fans. They know what they pay for, but when they go to see a Broadway play, when they go see Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, they still want to feel like they were actually in that moment. At the end of the night, they still want to say, ‘Bravo!’ If it was good enough, they’re going to say, ‘Encore! Encore!’ All of that is real. I’m just like all of the fans on this one. I’m going to have to sit and watch it play out.”
In closing, Booker described the match as a missed opportunity, one that WWE may never get back.
“When you got a company and you want to put your talent in the position to where everybody wins, because we’re dealing with a limited amount of stars and talent. We got to make it last and go as far as we possibly can,” Booker said. “When you miss a moment, just like we had with that match right there, you may never get it. Well they can’t get it back. It’s gone.”
Meanwhile, it has been reported that following her return, Lynch will be performing as a heel. A move that was apparently inspired by the recent success of Roman Reigns.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.