Becky Lynch Announces Pregnancy; Relinquishes WWE Raw Women's Title to Asuka

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistMay 12, 2020

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 28: Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins attend the 2019 Global Citizen Festival: Power The Movement in Central Park on September 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
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WWE star Becky Lynch announced her pregnancy Monday and relinquished the Raw Women's Championship to Asuka.  

Lynch first revealed the Women's Money in the Bank Ladder match was not for a world title shot but the title itself, meaning MITB winner Asuka is the new champion. Then, Lynch revealed she's about to become a mother:

Lynch and fellow WWE star Seth Rollins got engaged last August.

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Lynch told People's Jason Duaine Hahn that she and Rollins are expecting their child to arrive in December.

"I've always, always wanted kids," Lynch told Hahn. "I'm just so career-focused that it became one of those things that, when you're chasing a dream for so long, I always wondered, 'Am I going to get around to it? Is it going to happen for me?'"

She added:

"When we got together, things started to look a lot clearer and I knew he was the person that I wanted to have kids with — that this was going to happen and it was just a matter of when."

This brings Lynch's title reign to an end at 399 days. She won the belt in a Triple Threat match against Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey in the main event of WrestleMania 35.

Coincidentally, Rousey has remained on an indefinite break from WWE in order to start a family with husband Travis Browne. WrestleMania 35 was her last WWE appearance to date.

Lynch isn't the first active wrestler to announce her pregnancy live on Raw. Kharma, who currently competes as Awesome Kong for All Elite Wrestling, broke character in 2011 to say she was expecting.

Given her outsized impact on the show, Lynch's absence for the foreseeable future throws Raw's women's division into disarray. The Man has been such a large focus, occasionally at the expense of the division as a whole.

That's why taking Lynch off television could be a blessing in disguise. Now, WWE's hand is forced. Out of necessity, it will need to elevate the likes of Asuka, Shayna Baszler, Bianca Belair, The IIconics and Kairi Sane.

And when Lynch returns, she might even be a bigger star because she'll feel like more of a novelty again for the WWE Universe.