AS I SEE IT 5/18: The Man...is a Mom!


Posted on 5/18/120 by Bob Magee



AS I SEE IT
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In one of the most unique...and genuinely touching moments
in wrestling in my memory... we learned last Monday that
The Man...was a Mom! The rumor had been flying around online
all last Monday afternoon....but was not confirmed until the
beginning of the show.

Beginning in 2013 at the Performance Center, Becky Lynch
progressed to be one of the top two or three figures in WWE,
reaching the heights of main eventing WrestleMania with
Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair in 2019. She's been a major
mainstream media figure as well, with a recent cameo in
Showtime's Billions, and rumors of a spot in an upcoming
Marvel movie. But her time in WWE is at an end for the
moment.

Lynch tweeted: "I have no idea what happens from here, but
I do know that you’ve made all my dreams come true....l
entered the PC in 2013 not knowing anyone, I’ll leave that
same building tonight with my new family. Thank you all so
much.”

In an interview with PEOPLE, Lynch said that she found out
that she was pregnant last month. The first test, which she
took wrong, was negative, but then she bought a digital
pregnancy test and it came positive. “I was with Seth at the
time and he just threw his hands up in the air, all
excited"...

"I've always, always wanted kids," Lynch told PEOPLE of her
pregnancy. "I'm just so career-focused that it became one of
those things that, when you're chasing a dream for so long,
I always wondered, 'Am I going to get around to it? Is it
going to happen for me?' "

Lynch said she had all sorts of brand new feelings too: "Of
course, you start to become nervous, too, because you've
lived your whole life as thinking for yourself and yourself
alone...⁣Now you have this whole other person that you have
to look after and grow, and make sure that you're doing
everything that you possibly can to make sure that they are
the healthiest and the safest that they can be...But we're
just so, so excited. Just so excited for how much love we're
going to give that little thing."⁣

When it comes to returning to the ring, Lynch says she won't
be making a decision any time soon. "It's just such a joyous
time and then such a sad time too. I loved this and I've
given my life to this. I've achieved everything that I want
to achieve in this business," she explained.⁣

The People article indicated that Lynch and Rollins
originally planned to get married in May, until COVID 19
happened. She suggested they'd wait until the pandemic
passes and the baby is born.

Seth Rollins also added the following in a tweet,
accompanying a picture of Becky Lynch showing her actual
pregnancy test:

"I took this [picture] a few moments after we got the
best news of our lives and I don’t think could’ve captured
anything more beautiful. I can’t put into words how much it
means to me. Thank you all for your support over the last
couple of days. December can’t come soon enough!"


Maybe it's the time we're living in...where daily
announcements of COVID 19 related deaths, hospitalizations,
and the like from Mayors and Governors create a seemingly
endless litany of anxiety, isolation, loneliness, and
sorrow...but I genuinely loved that five minute segment
where Lynch announced her pregnancy, and Asuka's reaction.

What made it better was that WWE kayfabed the change in
stipulation for the Money In The Bank match (which was pre-
taped prior to the PPV) until last Monday night not just to
fans, but talent. Asuka did know by showtime last Monday
night she was getting the belt from Lynch, but didn't know
why.

When Lynch told Asuka it was because she was pregnant, the
reaction we saw was 100% legit...one as genuine as we've
been allowed to see anytime on WWE television that I can
remember, as Becky and Asuka threw kayfabe out the window
and celebrated on air. Asuka wasn't told ahead of time, nor
were the vast majority of those in the Performance Center.

It was nice to hear some GOOD news for a change...anywhere.
In a business that specializes in creating worked emotion,
genuine emotion and real life happenings can affect a viewer
so much more. It certainly did last Monday for me. Wrestling
is usually at its best when it takes advantage of moments
like this....and it was definitely at its best here.

(CM Punk suggested on WWE Backlash that he'd rather have
seen WWE take it to that point, but instead go one step
further, and turn ASUKA into a mega-heel by misting Lynch in
the face. In the era of COVID 19, I have the idea that
misting a pregnant woman...aka breathing on her...might not
exactly be the best idea.)

Mick Foley agreed, then also told those on his Twitter feed
why Lynch might make a really good Mom:

"Yesterday’s news of Becky Lynch expecting a child was
one of the best things I have ever seen in wrestling. Life
has not been easy for any of us during this pandemic...and
discovering something to smile about, something to believe
in, something to take our minds off the state of the world,
is like a much needed elixir for the emotional toll of
living in self isolation. Becky’s wonderful news arrived
during a time when I personally needed a little boost...and
I’m sure her announcement lightened countless moods, and put
smiles on countless faces...around the country, and the
globe.

Becky’s good news got me thinking about all the times she
has selflessly stepped up to help me on a personal basis,
never pausing for a moment to consider what might be in it
for her. While TMZ did end up using a heartfelt video Becky
had sent to me, for me to forward to a young fan with
autism, neither of us knew, or even had any clue TMZ would
be touched by the tale. In the video, Becky tells her young
fan...who had been distraught to learn that his
#WrestleMania vacation had been cancelled...due to the
virus...that she will be thinking of him, and even imagining
she sees him in the audience during her Mania match with
Shayna Baszler.

I think the reaction of the child’s mother, upon seeing the
video, paints a very accurate picture of the joy 'The Man'
brought to that family. [She said] 'WOW! WOW! WOW! WOW! I
can’t thank you enough! I was crying my eyes out'.

Actually, I agreed to let TMZ use the video, without
securing Becky‘s permission first. Her intention was never
to receive any credit; her intention was simply to bring joy
to a child’s life. She later joked with me that had she
known, she would have put on a little bit of make up. I told
her that I was pretty sure I spoke for just about everyone,
that seeing her perfectly natural, just if she is, made her
video all the more special."


In keeping with Vince McMahon's usual way of doing
business...24 hours after the announcement of Lynch's
pregnancy, WWE Shop had "THE MOM" gimmicks for sale. Lynch
took it in good humor, saying "Can't even be mad at it....I
need formula money".

There is one all too real and sobering side to Lynch's
announcement, though.

It's been rumored that Vince McMahon is fine with Rollins
taking time off later in the year for a paternity leave as
Lynch's pregnancy moves along...but what will happen as the
months go along?

Will Seth Rollins have to self-isolate away from his
pregnant fiancee if he's going to continue working in the
era of COVID 19? While WWE is heavily testing all talent and
staff that work TV tapings at the Performance Center, is
Rollins going to want to take a chance with being exposed
when he has a pregnant fiancee? Will Lynch want Rollins to
work them?

It's not a far fetched question to consider. Several weeks
ago on her podcast, Brie Bella expressed that she was not
comfortable with Bryan Danielson working WWE shows during
the pandemic (and while she's pregnant). Others, such as the
girlfriend of Angelo Dawkins, who's expecting their first
child in a few weeks, have expressed no such concerns.
But it is a fact that COVID has caused numerous second
trimester pregnancy complications and even miscarriages.

Let's hope Vince McMahon keeps his word, ratings and
storylines be damned, and lets Rollins do what he needs to
when the time comes.

Until next time....

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