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Becky Lynch On WarGames Cage Leg Drop: 'It Was Both Terrifying And Painful'

Moves like that take serious guts, and the Man is up for the challenge.

By Chris Phelan
Becky Lynch in the ring

Ever since Becky Lynch returned to action last month at Survivor Series, it seemed like she hasn’t lost a step. Whether it’s standing toe-to-toe with the toughest Superstars on the RAW roster in WarGames or literally jumping off the top of the double cage to seal the victory for her squad, it really seems that The Man is back to 100 percent.

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In an interview published earlier this week by UK-based Verge Magazine, Becky Lynch revealed just what was going through her mind during WarGames, her Christmas plans, possible New Year’s resolutions, and more!

If there’s one heart-stopping moment of the women’s WarGames match the WWE Universe will remember, it’s how the match ended. Becky’s death-defying leg drop off the top of the WarGames structure ultimately was the difference maker for Team Bianca, but Becky herself admitted she was experiencing a bit of hesitation when she stood on top of the cage that fateful night in Boston.

“It was both terrifying and painful,” she said. "Even with the nerves, I was like, ‘I want something that people can remember from this match.’ If I come back then I’ve got to put my body on the line and I can’t half-ass it because then I’m not The Man and I’m not the Becky Lynch that people paid to see. I had in my head that I wanted to flatten somebody, flatten some fools with the leg drop through the table. When the opportunity came up and it was time to go, well, then there’s nothing left to do but do it. You can see even when I’m up there there’s a moment of hesitation where I have a moment with myself. When I landed, of course it was painful, although I think it might have been a little bit more painful for Dakota Kai.”

While that big move stole the show, it was encounters with Rhea Ripley during the match that made the WWE Universe realize that everybody needs to see the two women meet in the ring sooner than later. 

Of course, Becky Lynch has never been one to back down from a challenge. In fact, she openly wondered where Finn Balor’s allegiance would lie if her and Rhea ever faced off — after all, she’s known Finn far longer than Rhea has, despite their Judgment Day dealings.

“I think Rhea is one of the greatest female athletes that we’ve ever seen. I think she’s incredible. She is so young, so full of potential. I look at her and I go, ‘Well, that’s the future of the business and the business is in good hands.’ She’s the future but I’m still the present. There can only be one Man around the place. If I have to put her in her place, then I’ll put her in her place. Plus she’s hanging around with somebody that I know pretty well — in fact, somebody that taught me nearly everything that I know. There’s an interesting dynamic there because she’s got Finn Balor in her corner. I’ve known Finn for over 20 years, so it would be interesting to see what side he would take, you know, if push came to shove," she said.

Fair warning to Becky Lynch: Whenever USA Insider has chatted with members of the Judgment Day, they all share the same line of thinking. “We’re really a close-knit family. I’ll be there for the boys, they know that, and they are there for me,” Rhea Ripley told us in November, making it increasingly unlikely that Becky can count on Finn Balor for anything at this point in time.

With the holiday season coming up quickly, Becky was asked what Christmastime is like in the home that she shares with fellow WWE Superstar Seth Rollins and their 2-year-old daughter Roux.

“Oh my God. I freaking love Christmas, man,” she said. “I turn into a jolly little elf at Christmas. I love it. The house is decorated. I’ve already got all my Christmas shopping done, and to be fair, I only need to buy for one person, and that’s little Roux. I’m very excited for Christmas.”

While she admitted she doesn’t have any specific New Year’s resolutions this year, she’s filled with nothing but gratitude towards the WWE Universe for supporting her during what turned out to be a whirlwind year for her both personally and professionally. The shoulder injury that took her out of action for the latter half of this year obviously took a toll on her — as it does for any athlete that is faced with such extensive rehabilitation.

“I think 2022 was full of ups and downs,” she said. “The downs obviously being taken out for the first time with an injury for a prolonged period of time. That did have an effect on my mentality. Coming back there was so much apprehension, and the fans greeted me with such open arms and reminded me that there’s nothing like this. That putting your body on the line for their entertainment is such a privilege and it is so worth it. So a big giant thank you to the fans for letting me entertain them and I can’t wait to do so much more in 2023.”

It sounds to us like we can expect many more iconic moments — like her iconic leg drop during WarGames — from Becky to come in the next year. 

The Man will definitely have her plate full in 2023; not only are fans chomping at the bit to see her clash with Rhea Ripley, we’re willing to bet that Becky will also set her sights on regaining the WWE Raw Women’s Championship at some point. And that will mean that she’ll have to try to take it away from her arch-rival Bianca Belair — the same person who took the title from Becky at SummerSlam.

We sincerely hope that Becky and her family get the chance to enjoy the holidays this year because before you know it, it’ll be time for The Man to get back to business.

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