Before challenging Asuka for the SmackDown Live Women's Championship at the Royal Rumble in two weeks, Becky Lynch interviewed with State of Combat. The Irish Lasskicker's popularity has skyrocketed since turning heel and she had the following to say when asked about her initial reaction when she was told about the first promo where she turned against the fans.
“There was a lot going through my head on that day because I come off such a high from the reaction of the night before, from finally saying that I’m doing with this, that I deserve more. And that’s a very freeing feeling because you almost were shackled by friendship for so long. So you say, ‘OK, I’m taking off these chains because the only person bounding me down right now is you—and me by allowing it. And I’m taking it off.’ And then I think everybody thought that I was going to be the bad guy because of that.
“But I don’t think that I was because I think anybody can relate to that person that always wants you to do good but they don’t want you to do better than them ever. And they don’t really want you to succeed—maybe to a level to where you’re content but never where you’re truly happy, never to where you’re truly soaring. And I think everybody has that person who everything comes easy to them, everything is handed to them and there’s no struggle. Unfortunately, that’s not most people. That’s not most people.
“And I went out there and I was going through a lot of stuff, I was questioning a lot of things, and the one thing I did question was—and I could feel it from the fans, too. Because when I said it, I said, ‘Well, when Charlotte [Flair] stole the win from me, you got up and you cheered the new champion. You weren’t that upset, were you?’ And I think people agreed with me. They did stand up and cheer a new champion because she weaseled her way in like a Flair does into a match where she didn’t belong and she did what she does. She’s an opportunist and she stole that opportunity from me.”