Wednesday 28 September 2016

The Aer Lingus flight attendant who became a US wrestling champion

David Kearns

Published 13/09/2016 | 07:00

Becky Lynch pictured with the belt after her Smackdown victory
Becky Lynch pictured with the belt after her Smackdown victory

Dublin-born 'Becky Lynch' has joined wrestling's top table as she was crowned WWE SmackDown Women's Champion.

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The former Aer Lingus flight attendant (29), whose real name is Rebecca Quin, has been wrestling since she was 15-years-old and won the women's world title at the Backlash event on Sunday night.

Champion wrestler Becky Lynch
Champion wrestler Becky Lynch

One of the highest honours that a female wrestler can take home, the Baldoyle woman said "it was a girlhood dream come true".

"There was so many times when I doubted myself and a lot of other people did too," the red-headed fighter said in an emotional interview after the win.

"I was told that I wasn't going to make it… but this makes all the pain worthwhile. I always wanted to be in the WWE and now to be women's champion… it means the world. It means the universe."

Quin always had an interest in sports, and enjoyed horse riding, swimming and playing basketball while growing up in North Dublin.

Following in the footsteps of Dubliner Sheamus O’Shaunessy (pictured), the popular WWE wrestler is the first ever Irish woman to be signed by the company.
Following in the footsteps of Dubliner Sheamus O’Shaunessy (pictured), the popular WWE wrestler is the first ever Irish woman to be signed by the company.

At 15, she enrolled in a wrestling school in Bray run by wrestler Finn Bálor.

Quin began her fighting career under the name Rebecca Knox.

At the age of 18, she moved to Canada to pursue her ambition, before heading to Japan, Germany and France to perform.

In 2005, she was forced to temporarily quit wrestling due to suffering serious cranial nerve damage in the ring.

Quin returned to Ireland and worked for Aer Lingus for two and half years.

During this time she also acted as a stuntwoman on 'Vikings'.

The Dublin fighter was signed to WWE's NXT - a programme used to develop promising talent for the company - in 2013.

Following in the footsteps of Dubliner Sheamus O'Shaunessy (inset left), the popular WWE wrestler is the first ever Irish woman to be signed by the company.

Quin has described the character of Becky Lynch as a "firecracker". She wears steampunk welding goggles while in the ring.

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