SmackDown Live women's champion Becky Lynch returns to Dallas to defend her title at the WWE TLC pay-per-view at American Airlines Center on Sunday.
She started in NXT, made it to Raw, became champion on SmackDown and is part of the "Women's Revolution" with Charlotte, Bayley and Sasha Banks.
"The Irish Lass Kicker" talks about her rise to the top of SmackDown, life on the road and the opportunity to headline WrestleMania earlier this year at AT&T Stadium.
On her incredible ride as a wrestler ...
Becky Lynch: It's been an incredible journey, wouldn't change it for the world. It's amazing because we kind of started out the journey as the underdogs, and now kind of top dogs, there's something about that transition that's interesting ... It's great to see what the girls are doing on Raw. And being separated from them I kind of feel like I can stand on my own right. We have an incredible, incredible division on SmackDown and we're continuing to grow, and we're getting better, and we're proving our worth every single week, and that's just been amazing to be part of.
On her WWE TLC match on Sunday at American Airlines Center vs. Alexa Bliss for the women's championship ...
(Editor's note: Interview took place before announcement on Tuesday's SmackDown that Lynch would be competing in a Tables match at TLC.)
I am so excited. So far, there's no stipulation so I would like to see that change. I would like it to be some sort of a match whether it be a Tables match, Chairs match, Ladder match, maybe the whole shebang, TLC match, even though that's the main event with Dean Ambrose and A.J. Styles.
... Alexa is a small but fierce competitor, but I'm ready to show why I'm the champ.
On her favorite match of her career ...
I'm going to say WrestleMania just this last year - in Dallas, oddly enough. That's got to be my favorite, I think.
I don't think you can match being in front of over 100,000 people and feeling that energy.
Then, being in the ring with two of the people that I started with, and that I came up with, and that I've gone through so much with. That was an incredible journey, and an incredible moment.
When I set off from Ireland, the two things that I said that I wanted to do was -- one, I said I wanted to change the name of the Diva's [division] to Women's because as good as the Diva brand did for highlighting women's wrestling, for me, I could never identify myself as a Diva. That was something that was kind of a foreign concept to me. ... Then, I said that I wanted to main event WrestleMania, and even though we didn't main event, we headlined it, our heads were on the side of the AT&T Stadium, and by most accounts we stole the show. So, I felt like that was a big stepping stone.
On whether she got to explore Dallas when she was in town for WrestleMania ...
... There was a great Whole Foods up the road from us. So, I spent a lot of time in there. I love my food, and I do love a good Whole Foods.
So, that was where they have this little cafe side thing, and it was really nice and it was all wooden, but it was kind of hidden away so nobody could see me, and I would go -- I'm a big journal-er so I'm constantly writing ... thoughts, feelings, emotions, all that kind of jazz -- So, I would sit in the corner over there and I just remember it all hitting me. What I was doing, what I had done, everything. And I just sat there just tears rolling down my face just grateful to be there, grateful to be alive, and grateful to be in the WWE Universe doing what we're doing and changing the game.
On Dallas being one of the hot spots of her career ...
Well, Dallas is obviously going to be one of those places - Dublin is another place. But the last time I had a big pay-per-view match in Dallas I wasn't so successful. So, I'm looking forward to changing that streak and winning this Sunday at TLC.
On whether she gets holidays off ...
Actually, we're off for Thanksgiving, and we'll be off for Christmas as well this year -- but we are a family, and that's the great thing, everybody is in the same boat and we spend more time around each other than we do our own family. So everybody's close and it's that support unit. You can never feel too lonely because you've always got a shoulder to lean on and we try to build each other up as much as possible. So, when it's holiday time, you know, it's sharing food and being good to each other.
On wrestlers she admires ...
Mick Foley was a person that actually hooked me back into wrestling around the Attitude Era. ... But my favorite wrestler of all time was Tiger Mask I (Satoru Sayama), and Dynamite Kid would be another strong favorite of mine. Just far beyond, far ahead of their time, just incredible wrestlers, and I'll never tire of watching them.
On her favorite part of being in the WWE:
The fans. And I think that's one thing we can never overlook. The fans are the reason that we do this, and the fans, I think, are the reason that I'm champion because they got behind me. I put in the work, I did what I could, but if it wasn't for them supporting me people don't pay attention, and that's the reason I'm the champ.
And then sometimes, you'll meet a fan, and they'll tell you the impact you've had on their life and it's incredible.
To know that you have that power and that influence is a phenomenal feeling.