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Looking Back At Becky Lynch’s Return To WWE One Year Later

After a brutal feud with Shayna Baszler in 2020, becky lynch had been running high as WWE’s Raw Women’s Champion. However, heading into Money in the Bank Premium Live Event would mark the beginning of a new direction for Lynch. After climbing WWE headquarters and securing the briefcase, Asuka would go on to win the 2020 Money in the Bank briefcase to challenge either champion of her choosing her.

Becky Lynch would reveal a surprise twist for Asuka the following night on Monday Night RAW. Lynch announced she was expecting the birth of her first child and would no longer be able to compete. Rather than having Asuka cash in, Lynch would reward her efforts by her for winning the match and crowned Asuka as the new Raw Women’s Champion.

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That would be the last we saw of Lynch on television for the remainder of 2020 and the majority of 2021 leaving behind a huge hole in the Women’s Division.

“The Man” Becky Lynch Returns To WWE

In Lynch’s absence, a new star had risen to the ranks of champion in Bianca Belair. The former NXT standout had taken the world by storm after winning the 2021 Royal Rumble and dethroning then champion Sasha Banks at WrestleMania 37. Belair had run through the Women’s Division, defeating obstacle after obstacle en route to making her case as the most dominant champion in WWE history.

But before the bell rang for Belair’s match at SummerSlam in 2021, a familiar theme song rang throughout Allegiant Stadium as Lynch returned to action. After attacking Carmella and dumping her out of the ring, Lynch and Belair stood face-to-face in a will-they-or-won’t-they for an impromptu match.

Belair, a proud champion, agreed to defend her title. Seconds later, as Lynch hit a Manhandle Slam, pinned Belair, and was declared the new champion, the WWE Universe exclaimed at what they had just witnessed.

“The Man” was once again on top of the world mere minutes into her 2021 return. However, something wasn’t quite right with this version of Lynch. In the coming weeks on Raw, Lynch had begun to attack her more sinister-like opponents and started to turn her back on the WWE Universe. Becky Lynch had turned heel.

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The Arrival Of “Big Time” Becky Lynch

With a new twist on Lynch dropping “The Man” gimmick and adopting “Big Time Becks,” it forced the WWE Universe to either accept this new version of Lynch or oppose her reign of terror. Since her shocking return from her, Lynch had gone on to successfully defend her title against the likes of Belair, Doudrop, Liv Morgan, and Hall of Famer Lita.

At Survivor Series, Lynch would even prevail against long-time rival Charlotte Flair, proving that Lynch couldn’t taste defeat no matter who you threw at her. Lynch would close 2021 as a dominant champion, proving that no woman on any WWE roster could lace her boots.

In 2022, Belair had once again earned the right to challenge Lynch at WrestleMania 38, setting up two such that would define either woman. The two women delivered one of the most iconic matches at the Showcase of the Immortals. A no doubt Match of the Year contender, Lynch and Belair put on a clinic, delivering near fall after near fall and high spot after high spot, having the WWE Universe think that maybe, just maybe, Belair was no match for Lynch.

Just as Belair hit her finishing maneuver, “Kiss of Death,” in the middle of the ring, it was Belair’s hand being raised at WrestleMania 38 as a despondent Lynch looked on in horror as to what had just happened. Lynch was no longer champion.

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What’s Next for Becky Lynch?

Lynch has cemented herself as one of the all-time greats, making it hard to keep her outside the title picture. Asuka’s return from her in 2022 has been a nice rivalry for Lynch, but in the grand scheme of things, Lynch is once again in the title picture. Lynch will challenge Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship at the very event she won a year prior.

It’s no secret that Lynch has been heavily featured on the Raw side of things since coming back, and it’s hard to fault WWE’s booking when her in-ring work is some of the best of all time. Which way the dust settles on July 30 remains to be seen, but whether you like her or not, you can expect Lynch to deliver one more five-star match with Belair.

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