For many years, there has always been one mainstream superstar to represent the WWE outside of the squared circle. Since WWE’s inception, that person has always been a man.
During the WWE’s attitude era, Dwayne Johnson dominated professional wrestling with his character and superstar presence. The Rock would become the organization’s household name, playing in Hollywood movies and making appearances on television. He held many titles during his time with the WWE and continues to have success in Hollywood landing a variety of movie gigs.
Once Johnson stepped away from professional wrestling, the next mainstream name to represent the company on a similar scale hailed from West Newbury, Massachusetts. John Cena would later follow The Rock’s path, holding many titles, landing movie gigs and television appearances, and representing the brand on every level. Cena recently made his return, however, he’s been landing multiple gigs in Hollywood since his break up with Nikki Bella. The pattern exists and its only a matter of time before Cena leaves his WWE days behind him, for a career as an actor.
With the current void, the WWE has made many of its superstars into megastars. WWE NXT has allowed wrestlers to solidify a platform and following, to gain momentum before making their main card debuts. Aside from that, the signing of Ronda Rousey and the women’s revolution has remained a hot trending topic for the organization, leading to more viewership as the WWE makes history with many first-ever matches.
Throughout the revolution, there have been many women in the spotlight. However, none have elevated the belt to be the most talked about championship strap in the organization.
One woman has changed the game forever. Becky Lynch is at the head of the most impressive women’s division in WWE history. The Man is the biggest name in wrestling, and she recently main-evented WWE TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2018 with the promotion’s first-ever all-woman TLC match.
As a mic worker, Lynch had always been among the best. She’s a part of the Four Horsewoman of WWE, was the first SmackDown Women’s Champion in history, and also made her acting debut, playing a role in the Marine 6. Lynch was riding high, holding her championship and carrying the brand forward in a way no one could have expected, but it was after the punch from Nia Jax that made Lynch the biggest star in the business today.
Lynch vs Ronda Rousey at Survivor Series was supposed to be the biggest women’s match ever booked. Both women promoted the clash to a point there was much hype built. Nia Jax caught The Man in the face with a fist, which left Lynch bloody and concussed. Although The Man was sidelined, her popularity skyrocketed and talks of a potential matchup with Rousey continued to make headlines as the biggest matchup the WWE could make at WrestleMania 35.
To raise the stakes higher, Lynch was able to get the attention of the UFC’s biggest star, Conor McGregor on social media. The former champ offered his services for backup if needed, potentially setting up for the UFC fighter’s first WrestleMania appearance.
How can Lynch not be considered the face of the company at this point? SmackDown continues to be dominated by Lynch and the women’s division, The Man’s mainstream status continues to grow with recent appearances on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show, MTV’s Ridiculousness, and training at Conor McGregor’s gym, SBG Ireland. She continues to mock the WWE Raw Women’s Champion, keeping their feud hot and she’s the current favorite heading into this year’s Royal Rumble.
Recently, Cena said in an interview, “I love any instance where people feel comfortable enough with self to be expressive. For so long I didn’t know what or who Becky Lynch was, and now I do, and that fires me up.”
Only the first SmackDown of 2019, Cena returned asking for challenge. Instead, he was met in the middle of the ring my none other than, Becky Lynch.
After exchanging some words, the two would end up tagging against Zelina Vega and Andrade Cien Almas. It may not have seemed obvious at first, but the match signified the tides were changing, and Cena was handing off the torch.
Becky was recently named female superstar of the year on WWE’s year-end awards. Before sharing the ring with Cena, Lynch made it clear that she wants to take his spot as the face of the organization. For a while, Cena has been waiting for someone to take his spot so that he could retire. It looks like the time has finally come.
Make no mistake about it, Lynch wasn’t the choice to lead the women’s revolution. She continues to be the most talked about woman in the locker room and came into 2019 on one of the biggest highs possible.
She walks the walk, while callings the shots and there’s no denying she’s the biggest star in the WWE currently. The face of the organization is no longer a man, but The Man, and she will continue to reign atop the WWE for years to come.
Joel Torres is a Co-Founder of The Scrap, is obsessed with MMA, and holds a Masters of Science in Integrated Design, Business and Technology from University of Southern California. Make sure to follow Joel on Twitter (@joeyfights).