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The Irish Lass Kicker.

Rebecca "Becky" Quin (born 30 January 1987) is an Irish professional wrestler known primarily by both forms of her first name along with two prominent fictional surnames she's used in her wrestling career.

Starting out in November 2002 after five months of training in Fergal Devitt and Paul Tracey's then-newly opened wrestling school, she began working in Ireland as Rebecca Knox. Initially she worked in Ireland alongside her brother in mixed tag team matches, but eventually went on to carve her own name, competing throughout Europe and even traveling across the Atlantic to wrestle in the United States. She became the first ever NWA ECCW SuperGirls Champion in Canada in 2005 as well as a one-time Queens of Chaos Champion in France in 2006. Unfortunately, in 2006 she also suffered a cut above her eye in a match in Germany which would have severe repercussions to the point of cutting her career short, canceling most bookings and eventually leaving wrestling in 2008.

In 2011 she would get back in the game as a manager for former rival Sweet Saraya and her daughter Britani Knight in SHIMMER. She would get back in the ring herself a year later in 2012, and in 2013 she signed with WWE and became Becky Lynch. Her initial happy-go-lucky Irish-jigging babyface gimmick was not well-received, leading to a retool into a rocker persona that was less stereotypical and truer to herself, as well as a Face–Heel Turn in which she slowly ascended from a sidekick to a legitimate contender in the NXT Women's division. Ironically, her rise through the ranks led to a face turn for the retooled character which saw her compete epically for the Women's title and eventually make her way to the main roster as part of a team including her longtime friend Paige.

Lynch became the first-ever SmackDown Women's Champion in September 2016.

You can read up more about Becky's career on The Other Wiki here.

"I'm Becky Tropin' Lynch! That's who I think I am!":

  • Aborted Arc:
    • Was supposed to finish a rivalry with Daizee Haze with a 60-minute Iron Woman match in SHIMMER before going down to a career-threatening injury in Germany.
    • She was in the middle of a feud with Emma after Wrestlemania which got cut short due to Emma suffering a back injury.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: See Corpsing below. Likewise when being interviewed by Eden Stiles, she made a joke - What does a ghost dress as for Halloween? John Cenanote  - and Eden actually let out a chuckle or two.
  • Adorkable: Her main roster character as well as her actual personality overall. Becky is a goofball for puns, and generally seen with a bright air of energy towards her compared to the more serious other women superstars within the division. But she can just as easily do a 180 back into a serious competitor who will rip your arm off to get a victory.
  • Amazonian Beauty: She sure loves showing off her delts on social media. For a while she did try to nickname herself the 'Delty Diva' on Twitter. She also has arms and abs that would make most men jealous.
  • Anti-Hero: Following poor fan reception to Becky trying to go full heel by targeting the very fans who supported her in a promo that didn't make exactly all that much sense, WWE dialed her turn back a few notches, instead presenting Becky as someone who had finally (and arguably rightfully) had enough of seeing her opportunities stolen from her. Some people have even floated the suggestion that, if booked properly, she may be able to become the female "Stone Cold" Steve Austin.
  • Arc Welding: The episode of NXT that aired after Unstoppable, in which Becky left as a firm fan favourite, featured a video package that tied her initial appearances that played into the Oireland stereotypes into her retooling into her more commonly known rocker gimmick — namely the retooling was Becky simply acting like herself, instead like a stereotype.
  • Arch-Enemy:
    • Bayley in NXT. Sasha Banks is somewhat becoming this as well ever since Becky ended their alliance.
    • Has an on-off rivalry with Charlotte after the latter turns heel but she never gets the upper hand before due to constant interference from her father. Two years later, the rivalry continues though this time Becky was the one who turned heel, tired of Charlotte constantly upstaging her and stealing the spotlight that Becky had fought so hard for.
    • She probably hated James Ellsworth more than any other women on the SmackDown women's division. Ellsworth had been a thorn in Becky's side for months, especially after he interfered in the first ever women's Money in the Bank ladder match and its rematch on the same week, both times Becky almost won until Ellsworth interfered. She finally got her hands on him during a Battle of a Sexes match.
  • The Artifact: Subverted. An Irish last name like Lynch fit when she was doing her Oireland gimmick. Now, though, it doesn't really seem to match that of a moshpit (or steampunk) girl. However, her Irish origins are very much still part of her character, in part because of her noticeable accent.
  • Ascended Extra: In WWE she was a regular Rosebud for months before she actually debuted on NXT.
  • Badass Boast: After attacking Charlotte in retribution for her betrayal, Becky gave a pretty nice one;
    I'm taking your championship, and I'm taking your arm with me!
  • Beauty, Brains and Brawn:
    • Beauty? Well look at a picture. Brawn? In addition to wrestling, she's a brown belt in shoot grappling. Brains? Has a degree in acting.
    • In PCB she would qualify as the Brains — as noted under The Smart Girl below. Paige the Blood Knight would be the Brawn. And Charlotte — who refers to herself as genetically superior — would be the Beauty.
  • Beta Bitch: To Sasha Banks after her NXT heel turn. The sad part is she seemed to believe that it was going to help her advance herself, but she really had just been a glorified hanger-on. Subverted as she ended up making sure that it did help her advance herself, whether Sasha liked it or not.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing:
    • Completely pulled a fast one on Allison Danger the night she first competed in SHIMMER.
    • Came to Bayley's aid…and attacked her a few seconds later.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: Has been all three colours in her lifetime. In Team PCB she is the redhead to Charlotte's blonde and Paige's brunette.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: Seems to be a core part of her main-roster character. She's portrayed as being far more relaxed and "just happy to be there" than the other members of the roster. Also the continued boast of her being a "life enthusiast" who's there to have a good time and kick-ass.
  • Break the Cutie: Becky is one of the best on the roster at selling betrayal and emotional hurt. Of course she has plenty of practice as the bookers seem to take particular joy in spending weeks or months building up the relationship between Becky and some other talent before it ends in them viciously betraying her.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: The part of her main-roster gimmick. She's this weirdo who loves word-play and punning and talks about beating up dinosaurs and ghosts but she's also really, really, really good at wrestling.
  • But Not Too White: Has a very thick orange tan as of her main roster debut.
  • Child Prodigy: In a sense. She began training at 15 and several of her contemporaries called her one of the best wrestlers to ever train in Ireland.
  • Cool Teacher: Learned to wrestle as a teenager at a small wrestling school in Ireland founded in part by a young Fergal Devitt (Finn Bálor).
  • Characterisation Marches On: The Oireland thing was gradually phased out into a background element of her character within a few weeks.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Inverted and subverted. In NXT, she fell victim to the treachery bait around Bayley and turned on her, then eventually made moves against Sasha Banks when opportunities at Sasha's title came her way. On the main-roster, she was the schmuck, being betrayed by all three of her partners in a row, Paige, Charlotte Flair, and then Natalya; interestingly enough, these are also second generation wrestlers. Emma also originally presented herself as an old friend to Becky before she too attacked her, must be something in the water.
  • Composite Character: In her face debut on NXT, she had elements of Sasha Banks and Charlotte when they were first faces: Like Sasha, she was a face who lost a lot of matches, got corrupted by a heel who used the loss record as a lever, and turned heel by attacking an unsuspecting person after a match. And like Charlotte, she was friends with Bayley, got an offer from the BFFs (well, former BFF in Becky's case), and attacked Bayley as her way of joining them.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Perhaps enforced by real life, as despite dropping the Oireland gimmick her legitimate Irish heritage is still subtly referenced. Namely, she's kept the red hair, still incorporated some form of green into her attire on occasion, and eventually got a theme song called "Celtic Invasion".
    • Considering how many times Becky has said hers and Sasha Banks' association was an alliance, not a friendship, Sasha should've seen coming that she would go Starscream as soon as she got opportunities to win the Women's title for herself.
    • Becky would state in a showcase vignette on WWE SmackDown that she aligned with Paige upon being called to the main roster because she's known her since the latter was 13 years old. This is a Call-Back to their past history together prior to WWE. For a clue on that, see Putting the Band Back Together.
  • Contralto of Danger: Her voice is deeper than some men's voices.
  • Cool Shades: Her new steampunk ensemble attire comes complete with cool goggles.
  • Corpsing: When The Miz compares the break-up of PCB to that of One Direction, Becky can be seen smiling and chuckling to herself. Likely doubles as Actually Pretty Funny.
  • Demoted to Extra: Since her initial reign with the Smackdown Women's Championship came to an early halt, she hasn't been featured or promoted nearly as much as the other four horsewomen, often taking a backseat for the likes of Alexa Bliss, Naomi, Natalya, and Charlotte. Despite this, she still remains one of the most popular women wrestlers on the roster.note 
  • Distaff Counterpart: She's been drawing some comparisons to Sting in the sense that all of her allies have turned on her and she hardly wins any of her feuds (with one person to turn on her even being a Flair, much like the Nature Boy turned on Sting). The woman herself may be aware of these comparisons as she once busted out a Scorpion Death Drop during a match against Dana Brooke.
    • Pretty much confirmed. In an episode of Ride Along, Ric tells Charlotte that Becky will be "[her] Sting".
  • Early-Bird Cameo: She'd been appearing regularly on NXT as one of Adam Rose's Rosebuds for months before her debut.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: The Oireland gimmick she debuted on NXT under was so stupidly over-the-top stereotypical (she just wouldn't stop jigging!) that her career was lucky to survive. It was so bad that she got a WrestleCrap induction for that single match alone and unsurprisingly it was gone without a trace by her second appearance.
    Art0Donnell: I said, "LOOK, WE GOT IT, SHE'S IRISH"!
  • Enemy Mine: With Sasha Banks on the main roster as she sort of helps the latter against her former teammates Team B.A.D.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: Appeared at NXT Takeover: Unstoppable for her Women's title match with bright orange hair. That also coincided with a proper Heel–Face Turn.
  • Face–Heel Turn:
    • Her SHIMMER debut saw her go from a polite, hand shaking, friendly babyface to an obnoxious, arrogant cheater all in the course of one match.
    • On NXT Sasha Banks convinced her to turn heel, which Becky did by attacking Bayley after seemingly coming to her aid.
    • At SummerSlam 2018, after Charlotte Flair pinned her to win the SD Women's title from Carmella, Becky finally had enough of her friend taking her opportunities, snapped, and finally turned on her. Having said that, fan reaction to WWE trying to make her full heel on the SmackDown after the show was poor enough that it was actually dialed back, leading to the Anti-Hero entry above.
  • Fanservice Pack: Her flannel gear was quite modest. The steampunk gear shortened the pants by a lot. Subverted, as the steampunk gear tends to cover her midriff a lot more often than the flannel gear did. Later on, she got a leotard that emphasized her curves even more.
  • Fiery Redhead: Though it is dyed to emphasize her nationality (she's naturally blonde).
  • Fighting Irish: She even did an Irish jig when she first arrived in NXT. She's also one of the most aggressive female wrestlers and promoted as a submission specialist.
  • Finishing Move: A nasty looking Fujiwara Armbar which involves Becky sitting on the opponent's back and pulling the arm in between her legs. After her match with Sasha Banks she gave it a name—the Disgoostin Armbar, later tweaked to Dis-arm-her.
  • Foreign Wrestling Heel: Particularly on the indies. Averted in NXT as her Oireland schtick was entirely as a face, and her foreignness was barely acknowledged after her heel turn.
    Wrestlecrap: You only get one chance to make a first impression, and for Becky Lynch, even her wrestling debut at age 15, her global experience, and her year in WWE developmental couldn’t save her from bad ideas. Bad ideas like making your wrestling persona the biggest mick this side of the Atlantic.
  • Game-Breaking Injury: In 2006, during a match she worked for German Stampede Wrestling, Knox suffered a cut above her eye that had to get stitched up, which later resulted in headaches, vision problems, loud buzzing in her left ear, and possible damage to her eighth cranial nerve. She ended up canceling or no-showing nearly all her bookings for the next year and a half before openly admitting that she didn't feel like wrestling was a proper career choice for her anymore. She wouldn't return to the squared circle until 2011 as the manager for the Knight Dynasty, and even then it was another year before she actually wrestled again.
  • Genki Girl: Especially when letting out her rocker side, particularly seen in SHIMMER as the Knight Dynasty's manager and in WWE since her gimmick change on NXT. On the main-roster she stands out in PCB, with The Stoic Charlotte and Deadpan Snarker Paige as her teammates, her manic gleefullness pops even more.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: She said in a promo before facing Alicia Fox "The B of PCB can be a real Bnote  when she wants to."
    • On "Talking Smack" she ended a promo with Alexa Bliss by telling her "See you next Tuesday" which has always been a PG-rated way of sneaking in Country Matters.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Even when she's a face, she's still hugely aggressive and will try to make her opponents tap out to submissions.
  • Hair Decorations: A pair of goggles of all things.
  • Hair Flip: It goes with the head banging.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Becky won over the NXT crowd after her gutsy performance against Sasha Banks in NXT Takeover: Unstoppable, and they've been crazy for her ever since.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Charlotte Flair, even since Charlotte being drafted to SmackDown Live!.
  • I Have Many Names: Komeera, Rebecca Knox, Becky Lynch.
  • Informed Attribute: Her 'rock chick' gimmick involves headbanging, throwing up the horns, flannel, and not much else. Justified in that unlike the Oireland act, she's not out to be a complete stereotype with this.
  • It's Personal: Did not take Charlotte's betrayal of their friendship well.
  • I Was Beaten by a Girl: Becky gave James Ellsworth a taste of this when, after months of him interfering in matches on Carmella's behalf and Becky suplexing him in response, they had an actual match on Smack Down, the first intergender match in WWE in almost ten years, and she made him tap out.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: She explained in a backstage interview that Sasha Banks was right: being a face who's over with the fans wasn't actually stopping her from losing all the time. Given that since she turned heel, she's been winning a lot more, it's hard not to see her point. Ironically, she ended up once again becoming a face who's over with the fans because of how true she was to her new attitude and how far it took her as a result.
  • Kick the Dog: The Knight Dynasty and Rebecca Knox beat little Leva Bates unconscious in between matches on SHIMMER volume 39.
  • Morality Pet: Was retroactively was one for PCB as a whole. Paige is an aloof loner and Charlotte has the Flair arrogance and swagger, but Becky was always portrayed as a pure babyface who just wants to hang out with her friends and kick ass. In fact the breakup only got bad when Paige insulted Becky and Charlotte was noticeably far more animated in defense of her than she was in defense of her title win, which was "the most important win of her career". Sadly, fans' growing resentment of Charlotte for being the initial star of the "revolution" due to Flair's influence and for Becky ostensibly acting as her sidekick ended up ruining that.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: She started wearing corsets when she went to the main roster.
  • Oireland: Hmm, red hair? Check. Lots of green? Check. Ceili music? Check, it's her entrance theme. Jig? You bet that's a check. Averted when she was retooled into a rocker, wearing flannel. All that remained was the red hair. She had done this type of gimmick for years on the indies however.
  • Older Hero Versus Younger Villain: Her feuds against Alexa Bliss and Carmella.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Even when using Rebecca Knox as her ring name, she still referred to herself as "Becky". Her first ring name was literally just Becky.
  • Parts Unknown: From the School of Hard Knox in her SHIMMER days.
  • Power Trio: With Paige and Charlotte. First generically called "Team Paige" after the team's main roster veteran, their first attempt at a real name was the "Submission Sorority"—only for it to be called out on its stiff wordiness and coincidental porn connections enough to be changed to "PCB" after each woman's first letter.
  • Pungeon Master: Follow her on Twitter. You have been warned. She's started incorporating this on-screen as of her main roster debut.
  • Putting the Band Back Together: Rebecca returned to wrestling in 2011 as the manager of the Knight Dynasty (aka Saraya and Britani Knight, the latter of whom is now known as Paige). Since Becky debuted on NXT, many fans were calling for her and Paige to team up. This would finally come to fruition upon Becky's call-up to the main roster, as she and Charlotte joined Team Paige in the three-way war for control and change in the Divas divison.
  • Rage Breaking Point: Finally hit hers at SummerSlam 2018 when she snapped and attacked Charlotte Flair after Charlotte took her out from behind to steal her victory for the SmackDown Women's Championship.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: On the indies it was "Hammer Time" by MC Hammer.
  • Red Baron: K-Nox, The Lass Kicker.
  • Redhead In Green: Initially when she debuted, as she had an Oireland gimmick. She does still sometimes wear some green on her steampunk gear, making this a downplayed trope. She also favours green eyeshadow from time to time.
  • Retired Badass: From 2008-2012.
  • Screaming Warrior: She's even had it out with MsChif, Knox being of noticeably higher pitch.
  • The Smart Girl: Wins a good deal of her matches with cunning and trickery rather than brute force or fighting spirit. She's also more technically adroit and more prone to using suplexes and submissions supported by extended limb work, which are traditional in wrestling as "smart" strategies.
  • Shout-Out:
    • Though no one can confirm if this was the intent, someone noted that Lynch's "steampunk" getup evokes Chandra Nalaar from Magic: The Gathering.
    • Also (and perhaps also coincidentally), the hair in particular makes her resemble Irisa Nyira from the the short-lived science fiction show (and accompanying video game) Defiance, which happened to air on the same network as WWE Smackdown at the time.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She was quite literally the only female wrestler in Ireland when she started. There was another woman called Alex Breslin in Northern Ireland but Becky was the only female wrestler in the Republic.
  • Spiritual Successor: She's already drawing Lita comparisons.
  • The Starscream: Went from Sasha's lackey to Sasha's rival.
  • Steampunk: Switched to a Steampunk-inspired wardrobe & titantron at Unstoppable, complete with goggles in her entrance.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial:
    • She and Sasha Banks were not friends. She said so repeatedly. Subverted, as she wasn't lying. Double Subverted as it's acknowledged that the Four Horsewomen have become Fire-Forged Friends through their battles over the title.
    • Comes up a few times in her promos, usually after a big loss.
    Becky: Well, it's not like I'm sitting at home curled up in the fetal position eating a pint of ice cream with a novelty spoon while watching 2 Broke Girls, no.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Becky turns on Sasha at "Rival" after the latter bosses her one too many times.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: After Charlotte Flair defended the SmackDown Women's Championship against Carmella, Lynch attacked Flair and cut this promo:
    Becky: When I get my way, come Hell in a Cell, I'm taking my title back.
    (beat while the crowd cheers for Becky)
    You bitch!
  • Token Good Teammate: She made her return to wrestling on the heel side of a six person tag match, but wrestled cleanly and turned face immediately afterwards.
  • Trademark Favourite Food: Lettuce apparently.
  • Unnecessary Combat Roll: Becky does a lot of rolls to reposition herself around the ring. Where most wrestlers would run the ropes Becky instead just does a forward somersault. Justified somewhat by her being a tactically-minded grappler that wants more control over their movementnote .
  • Villain Team-Up: With Sasha Banks, all the while warning that they weren't friends and eventually making moves on the title herself much to Sasha's chagrin.
  • Visual Pun: Will often post Vines where she has an object to go with whatever statement she's making (for example holding up a ring to go along with 'ringside').
  • We Used to Be Friends: With Bayley. As of Bayley's NXT Women's Championship win, they seem to be cool again. On the main roster, she's suffered this with both Paige, and then Charlotte.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: A few fans have this reaction - mostly those used to the Oireland way of speaking. Becky has a very typical higher class Dublin accent, which does often sound like a hybrid of Irish and American pronunciations. Additionally she did live in America and Canada for a while, which is bound to distort the voice.
  • Worthy Opponent:
    • After winning her return match, she acknowledged one of her opponents Lucy Lasso as such. Her partner Katey Harvey didn't agree, leading to an immediate Heel–Face Turn from Becky - and eventual mixed tag match against Katey.
    • It took a while but she eventually acknowledged Bayley as such after the latter defeated her to become the #1 contender.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Rebecca Knox pulled one on Allison Danger that likely made fellow Irishman Finlay proud.
  • Yes-Man: Was this to Sweet Saraya Knight as her and Britani's manager due to being deathly afraid of her.
  • You Go, Girl!: As mentioned above, she was the only woman wrestler in Ireland. So she trained with men and acquired a brown belt in submission wrestling through working with them. And naturally she had many intergender matches.

Alternative Title(s): Rebecca Knox