There is a lot of anger being directed at WWE by the fans who are not happy about Becky Lynch turning heel.
While it’s true that Vince McMahon wanted her to go heel a few years ago, the decision to have her turn this time was hers.
Dave Meltzer reported today that the heel turn was something she requested. Lynch returned at SummerSlam to a massive reaction and then defeated Bianca Belair in less than 30 seconds to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Some have compared this heel turn to Steve Austin’s turn in 2001 that led to the decline in business. Ironically, it was Austin who made the request to turn heel because he thought that his character was getting stale.
The booking of Belair left many fans bewildered and even Nikki Bella expressed unhappiness over the way Belair was booked. You can click here to hear what Bella said after SummerSlam.
Lynch was originally set to return to WWE TV in a few weeks but plans changed because Sasha Banks was not cleared for in-ring action. Banks was not at the live events in the Carolinas and she wasn’t backstage at SmackDown or SummerSlam.
For the foreseeable future, the main program for the women’s division on SmackDown will be between Lynch and Banks.