Becky Lynch is the hottest heel in WWE today. That statement can be denied, it can be argued and it can be dissected from start to finish. In fact it has been and that will likely continue for the duration of her current run on SmackDown Live.
Many fans want to believe that heels and babyfaces do not matter anymore in pro wrestling and especially in WWE. They feel that it’s an outdated concept, best kept for the smoke-filled arenas of the territories in the 1980’s. To them, the hero and villain dynamic is pointless and has no place in today’s modern era of professional wrestling.
But no matter how often critics want to dispute the validity of good versus evil and right versus wrong, the truth is that the foundation of it is still there. It will always be there and if it wasn’t, this would no longer be pro wrestling. That’s because when everything else strips away, the business is about good versus evil and right versus wrong. Even shades of gray are not enough to change that.
This is evident in Becky’s case, as her story is still unfolding. She was Charlotte Flair’s best friend and the two supported each other through thick and thin. In spite of all the drama happening around them or to them individually, Flair and Lynch were in this together.
But then Charlotte returned to SmackDown Live and was added to Becky’s title match at SummerSlam. In that moment, Becky’s heel turn began. She believed that Charlotte’s ego had taken over and suddenly their friendship meant nothing. Becky saw this intrusion as a betrayal and she wouldn’t let it go unanswered.
Of course common sense says that in the reality of pro wrestling, it’s every woman for herself. If a Superstar wants to get to the top, then she has to take every opportunity given to her and make the best of it. If Charlotte had declined the opportunity to compete for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at SummerSlam and Lynch had lost, then what? Would Becky still be a babyface right now?
In Becky’s mind, Charlotte crossed a line that cannot be uncrossed. Charlotte simply did what anyone in her position would have done but that’s of little consequence now. Becky Lynch is a heel and a heel’s perspective is much different than everyone else.
Fans know all of this of course, just as they know that WWE is using the whole FairPlay point to bolster Charlotte as the babyface of the story but to no avail. In fact it really doesn’t matter what Flair says at this point, she’s going to be hated. She is hated and that’s okay.
The WWE faithful has its favorites and that’s just how it is. Becky is a huge favorite and that’s understandable. She was also a favorite before she turned on Charlotte and she’s even more relevant now that she ever has been. But for anyone to believe that she’s not a heel perhaps is not paying attention to the way WWE is booking her.
She sneak attacks Charlotte. She mocks her and she belittles her on TV. Becky Lynch had the opportunity, just as Flair did, to compete for the title and just like Charlotte before her, Becky won. Lynch could have taken that victory and moved on to the next opponent, leaving Charlotte far behind.
But instead Becky keeps provoking Flair. Lynch has beaten Charlotte and Charlotte has every reason to keep chasing the gold but it’s Becky that keeps coming back for more. Lynch proved her point when she beat Charlotte at Hell in a Cell and that could have been the end of it. But it’s not, because Becky’s obsession is proving that she’s better than Charlotte.
It’s gone far beyond the championship now. For Becky Lynch, this feud is about disgracing Charlotte and leaving her for dead as often as possible. Becky had the title in her sights, she won it and she’s on top now. She has everything she wanted and she could be spending her time proving she’s the best against every single female Superstar on the blue brand. But she won’t do that because she only cares about taking down the woman she’s already beaten. This is the definition of a heel, pure and simple.
This is how the company books Becky and to further prove that point, even WWE Hall of Famer Edge himself could not get through to her. Edge, who has the respect of fans and who typically never receives criticism for anything, could not convince Lynch that she’s doing the wrong thing. The crowd did not turn on Becky for mocking him and in fact, she was cheered during The Cutting Edge.
But just because WWE made the effort to heel Becky out again does not mean it was the most ideal effort. Edge was one of the most notorious heels in WWE history. He was the ultimate opportunist and he took every avenue available to get to the top. He was as devious as any heel on the roster and this is the man that WWE brought in to talk some sense into Becky Lynch?
However despite how many times the company tries to salvage Lynch’s heel turn and fails, the point is that the work is taking place. WWE wants the fans to hate Becky. That was the plan from day one and everything the company has done proves that. Fans may not want to play along, but that does not change the facts. Becky Lynch is a heel and that’s just how it is.
But fans want to love her, so that truth is denied. Fans want to hate Roman Reigns so they lie to themselves and claim that he’s really a heel anyway. Charlotte is the daughter of The Dirtiest Player in the Game but she does nothing to heel out against Becky. Yet, fans hate her anyway. Just like Roman, fans believe WWE is pushing Charlotte as a face on them and they don’t want that. Once again, the audience disregards the truth in favor of controlling the narrative.
The point is that WWE is not going to change the way it does business. Fans can believe whatever they want and the company itself can suggest anything it wants. But it’s all in the execution and the timing. It was not the right time to turn Becky heel, just as the time came and went to turn Roman heel but WWE did nothing.
The fact that fans can’t determine which way is up should be no mystery. The most well-laid plans tend to fail when WWE does not establish the most basic elements from the very beginning. That’s not on the fans, it’s on the company. No matter who’s right in this scenario, the truth is that fans are enjoying the ride and that’s what matters the most.
Mcleod: Will We Ever Get The Lee vs. Dijakovic Rematch?
Will we ever see the anticipated rematch?
Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic tore the house down in their first WWE NXT encounter, and Scott Mcleod is eagerly awaiting the rematch–just like the rest of us!
Cast your minds back several weeks when we saw a short but physically impressive match between Keith Lee & Dominik Dijakovic. We saw Lee get monkey flipped only to land on his feet and Dijakovic hit a corkscrew plancha to the outside. The match unfortunately ended in a double count out but we were lead to believe this wasn’t over as they continue to brawl while refs try to pull them apart.
They were scheduled to face off on the episode where the 5 way to face Gargano took place and that was the focus of that episode. A week or so later Lee said they would settle their differences in two weeks time.Two weeks should have this week but Lee was nowhere to be seen. Dijakovic came out and beat an enhancement in record time before declaring his intentions to challenge for the North American Championship. Judging from this week it looks like they’re feud is done which is just a shame.
They teased us with what could be with that match several weeks ago. Two guys who have the size but can pull out incredible displays of athleticism. Put that on a takeover give them around 10 minutes between two title matches and they would tear the house down. It would be a shame to not see this match at least one more time in NXT. If a few weeks ago didn’t convince you then check out their match from the PWG Battle of Los Angeles 2017 which was rated 5 stars.
It would be something different to everything else on the card. If Dijakovic is set to challenge Velveteen Dream can we not not add Lee and make it a triple threat. Think of how good Dijakovic vs Lee was and add the Dream. Don’t tell me you don’t want to see that on a Takeover. They could have a good build as well. You have the charisma of Lee & Dream along with the intensity of Dijakovic. I need to see that now.
Did Sasha Banks Overreact to Her WWE ‘WrestleMania 35’ Loss, or is The Boss on Point?
Is Sasha Banks on the right side of this? Or is she making a mistake?
The pro wrestling world is buzzing over the Sasha Banks situation. “The Boss” went from being a loyal WWE Superstar to evidently being one very disgruntled employee. The change seemed to happen overnight, though there’s no way to truly know that. The fact is that this situation may have been unfolding for much longer than just a weekend.
Speculation online suggests that Sasha and Bayley were promised a match at WWE’s next big event in Saudi Arabia. The duo was to defend their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships against Natalya and Beth Phoenix in what would have been a very historic bout.
WWE has received its fair share of criticism over the past year for running events in Saudi Arabia, mostly because of the way that women are treated in that country. Fans made their voices heard while WWE kept insisting that it was all leading somewhere. Evidently that was true.
WWE is not confirming the story so as of now, it’s only a rumor. But it does bring up an interesting set of talking points that fans must consider. Perhaps Sasha Banks has every reason to be upset and maybe the fans should be upset for her. Maybe the world was too quick to rally against her after all.
Why did a great number of fans turn on her after she disappeared? Was it simply because she was not there to entertain them? Banks’ last WWE appearance was WrestleMania but for many, that’s plenty long enough.
Banks’ critics felt that she should have just taken the loss and gotten over it. After all, it’s just pro wrestling and at the end of the day, wins and losses don’t really matter. Right? But therein lays one of the problems with this story.
Fans can believe what they want about Sasha, or any other WWE Superstar. But each man and woman has his and her own unique perspective on the business. To assemble a room full of WWE Superstars is to assemble a room full of people that have their own personal motivations for doing what they do.
Some are inspired by their heroes that came before them. Others are inspired by the promise of greatness that only WWE can bring. But even more see the possibility of major success on an elite level and that is just too much to pass up. But most importantly, many of these men and women simply just want to wrestle.
So why would any WWE fan, or any pro wrestling fan for that matter, presume to know what’s in a talent’s mind and heart? Being famous and traveling the world is an added benefit of working for Vince McMahon but is that truly the endgame for the bulk of the roster? If it is, does that mean those men and women should be vilified for their desire to be celebrities in the business they love?
When fans look at Sasha Banks, what do they see? Do they see a hardworking WWE Superstar that’s living her dream? Or do they see a superficial talent that intends to use WWE as a springboard to her next show business career? Is either possibility right or wrong and if so, who is the ultimate judge of that?
But after nearly seven days of receiving criticism for walking away and supposedly threatening to quit WWE, everything is now changing for Sasha. That’s because of the Saudi Arabia story, which if it’s indeed true, puts a whole new spin on everything.
Why would WWE give Banks and Bayley its plan to book them at Saudi Arabia, only to change that booking later? This is not the typical last minute booking change at Monday Night Raw. Fans have come to expect that and at this point, the Superstars themselves must certainly expect that as well.
But if Sasha and Bayley were told that they were to be included in the first ever WWE women’s match in Saudi Arabia, then that’s exactly what should have happened. There should have been no changing of plans, no last minute storyline tweaking. The bout should have been booked and happen as advertised.
It’s one thing to make history in a WWE ring stateside and every woman in the company was surely happy to be part of that history. Of course Vince McMahon’s company could have pulled the trigger on booking women in top spots long before now. But at least WWE is on the right track. At least it’s actually happening.
But to take those history making moments to a country that has traditionally treated women as secondary citizens, is massive. There’s really no way to overstate the importance of such a moment. WWE must have known that this was a possibility from the moment the company first ran Saudi Arabia in 2018. Patience was the key and now it may pay off.
If anyone in WWE deserves to get that spot, it’s The Four Horsewomen. WWE constructed this modern women’s division around Sasha, Bayley, Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair. Without that nucleus of stars at the center of it all, the Women’s Evolution may never have gotten off the ground. Any fan that believes the quartet hasn’t earned the right to make history in Saudi Arabia is perhaps missing the big picture. The company has committed to them, just as they have committed to the company.
But if the Saudi Arabia story is true, then that dynamic is turning upside down. Yes, it’s WWE’s show and the company can book it however Vince McMahon wants. It’s his call and that’s likely not changing any time soon. But just as WWE can change course, so too can Sasha Banks. It’s impossible to know what will happen next. But with any luck, there will be a resolution to this situation sooner rather than later.
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