Why have we yet to see Becky Lynch back in action?
It’s now been just over three weeks since the last time the WWE Universe saw SmackDown Women’s Champion Becky Lynch in any kind of physical action on-screen, taking the now infamous punch to the chops from Nia Jax back on November 12th that caused a broken nose and concussion.
Of course, ‘The Man’ had to be replaced in her scheduled match against RAW Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series (rewind back to Survivor Series with Mitchell’s Live Report), but has not missed much screen time on SmackDown Live. Now, we’re just over a week away from TLC, where Becky is set to defend her title in the first-ever Women’s Tables, Ladders and Chairs Match against Asuka and Charlotte Flair, but she still has yet to compete.
While there has been talk that Asuka was inserted into the match to offer a little more protection for Becky and that still could certainly be the case, as of right now ‘The Lass Kicker’ is not cleared to return to the ring according to The Wrestling Observer Newsletter. It’s being said that Becky is cleared of her concussion, but not the broken nose. Meanwhile, we know that Lynch has since had one match, which was this past week at the WWE Tribute To The Troops taping where she teamed with Charlotte Flair. However, it’s not known exactly how much Becky was able to do during the match as details or spoilers on the show have been very scarce (see when the show will air here).
Currently, it does not appear that the TLC match is in any jeopardy and the expectation is that Becky will be cleared by the time December 16th comes.
EA’s Take: This is just WWE being very cautious, which we knew they were going to be, much like they have been with Alexa Bliss. There’s been so many injuries lately and Becky’s been red hot, so they’re taking it easy and justifiably so. I think Asuka probably was added to the match to help out, but I also think that was just one reason and there’s still a good chance she walks away champion.