Becky Lynch is on a mission.
She’s not only helping to lead the Divas Revolution within the WWE, but she’s also determined to seize the WWE Divas title for herself. And she’s not going to stop until she does.
It’s a move that has all but thrust Lynch into the spotlight and helped spark a brand-new group of fans for the Irish-born star.
But while Lynch’s current in-ring storyline is nothing short of exciting, her road to wrestling stardom is just as, if not even more, interesting. In fact, Lynch may be one of the most experienced wrestlers on the entire WWE roster.
1. Lynch Grew Up in Ireland Under the Name Rebecca Quin
Lynch grew up in Dublin as Rebecca Quin and has always had a strong interest in the world of wrestling. As a child, Lynch was almost always active and was involved in everything from horse riding to swimming and basketball.
However, wrestling was always her main focus. In fact, it was that love of wrestling that helped her turn her life around. She spoke about it on The Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast, saying:
I was the fat kid who failed P.E. I failed P.E. My P.E. teacher brought my mother in [to school] and she was in tears because I was such a bad student.
Despite the miscues, Lynch enrolled in Finn Bálor’s wrestling school when she was just 15 years old and, suddenly, everything changed. She found her niche in the ring and success against, what she called, “a bunch of skinny teenagers, all guys.”
Lynch dropped out of college whens she was 17 years old, inspired by her love of wrestling and started to perform professionally.
2. She Wrestled Around the World Including Stints in France, England & Canada
Once she left school, Lynch started to focus her on her wrestling career, making her professional debut in the ring in 2005 under the name Rebecca Knox. Over the next few year, Knox was a force across Europe, wrestling regularly fro the France-based Queens of Chaos promotion and winning the World Queens of Chaos Championship in 2006.
She also competed for England’s One Pro Wrestling and Germany’s German Stampede Wrestling, fine-tuning her moves and establishing an in-ring personality along the way.
Then, in 2006, Knox competed in the SuperGirls Wrestling promotion, an offshoot of the Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling. She held the league’s championship title for 10 months and two days. During that time, she also appeared debuted with the Shimmer Women Athletes promotion and was involved in a series of matches with Daizee Haze, including a 30 minute-bout that promoter Dave Prazak described as “probably the best women’s match seen on U.S. soil in years, if not ever.”
3. Lynch Suffered a Career-Threatening Head Injury in 2006
Although she got off to a fantastic start in the ring, Lynch suffered an injury that threatened her wrestling future in 2006 and even kept her away from the sport for years after.
In September 2006, Lynch suffered a career-threatening head injury during a match against a Finnish rookie named Kisu. The inexperienced wrestler landed badly on Knox’s head, requiring stitches for the Irish star and creating some serious after-effects that had her considering her future in the ring.
In the days and weeks that followed after the match, Knox complained of headaches, vision problems, and a loud buzzing noise in her left ear. She was eventually diagnosed with possible damage to her eighth cranial nerve and was sidelined for the remainder of the year. She was scheduled to return in 2008, but did not appear at the event. Instead, Knox focused on her life away from wrestling.
During her time away, Knox worked a handful of jobs, including a stint as a stunt woman, an airplane stewardess and even completed her college degree.
4. Her Brother Also Wrestled Professionally
Wrestling runs in the family when it comes to Lynch. In fact, her brother has also wrestled professionally and performed under the name Gonzo de Mondo. The pair first got into wrestling together, attending the same school taught by former NXT Superstar Finn Bálor.
Gonzo de Mondo’s career didn’t have quite the same spark his sister’s did, ending in 2006 with Irish Whip Wrestling, but he did boast a signature move; the de Mondo Driver.
5. Lynch Has a Degree in Acting From the Dublin Institute of Technology
Before she returned to wrestling in 2011, joining Shimmer again as a promoter and then signing with NXT in 2013, Lynch returned to school and completed her degree. She boasts a degree in acting from the Dublin Institute of Technology and also spent time studying at the Columbia College Chicago and the Gaiety School of Acting.
In a fascinating turn, Lynch actually completed her degree by writing her thesis on clowns. Seriously. She told WWE.com:
I did my thesis on clowns. It’s a powerful thing when you’ve got this little red nose on. It’s a mask, the smallest in the world, but it unveils you. You stand up there and do these exercises that free you, let you play and see what comes out. What comes out is the truth.
Over the course of her short acting career, Lynch was cast in several different plays and admits to using some of her course-work to inspire her in-ring personal. “What I loved about wrestling was just being foolish, so I studied clown. I studied clown,” she said. “I feel like you just become very vulnerable and it’s very honest.”