Thanks to Chuck Carroll for sending us the following:
I wanted to pass along an interview I did with Becky Lynch for CBS ahead of tonight’s SmackDown Live.
We spoke about the chaotic schedule she’s been keeping since WrestleMania as a duel champion. It’s nuts, really, but she said she wouldn’t have it any other way.
She and I also spoke about Ronda Rousey and whether a rematch is in their future at some point and who she’d like to face at next year’s WrestleMania. Becky isn’t shy about still taking a few jabs even with Ronda now on hiatus from WWE.
In the full interview, we also discuss the differences between Raw and SmackDown, how differently she prepares to face Lacey Evans than Charlotte Flair, why she has excelled in promos, and the impact that her role as double champion is having on women’s equality outside of WWE.
There was a lot made of Ronda Rousey being in WWE the last year. What type of lasting impact do you think that she will have, not just on the women’s division but on WWE as a whole?
Ronda Rousey is a tremendous, natural, athlete. She’s born tough and born tough isn’t the same as being made tough. I think I saw the best of Ronda Rousey. But we also saw what happens when she gets defeated. She leaves, and we haven’t seen her since…
What are your expectations that she will return?
I don’t know. We’ve seen what happens when Ronda Rousey gets beat. She throws a little hissy fit and she goes hiding under her blankie for however long, but she is a tremendous athlete. She is the baddest woman on the planet, but I beat her.
Would you like a rematch at next year’s WrestleMania, or who else would you like to face?
If Ronda Rousey is ready to come back to try and prove herself, I would absolutely take her on. If not, then there’s plenty of other women here who are ready, willing, going day in, day out, that I would love to fight.
What you are doing here, being “Becky Two Belts,” is resonating beyond the world of WWE. What does the character of Becky Lynch say to women as they’re trying to climb that corporate ladder or go for a doctorate or, even, walking into the boss’s office and asking for a pay raise? What type of strength are they drawing from the Becky Lynch character?
It’s just there’s nothing that we can’t achieve now, right? We’re in this time when we’re on such an equal playing ground. We still have to fight a little bit, here and there, but it’s all achievable. Nobody can tell us anymore that you can’t do it because you’re this gender, or you’re this race, or you’re this anything, you’re this age, whatever. We’re in the most opportunistic time on the planet. It’s just about grabbing whatever it is that you want, and going after it, and not taking no for an answer.
Look, at the end of the day, somebody says no, they say no, but at least you go out trying, you know? You don’t ask, you don’t get. If you fail, well, then, you’re just one failure away from succeeding, you know?