Monday 19 August 2019

WATCH: Ireland's Becky Lynch fulfils destiny to defeat Ronda Rousey and leave WWE Wrestlemania as champion

Becky Lynch
Becky Lynch

WHAT a night it was for Irish talent at WWE Wrestlemania 35 with Becky Lynch and Finn Balor both walking away with gold in front 82,5000 fans in the early hours of this morning at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Lynch, real name Rebecca Quin and from Dublin's northside in Balydoyle, was part of the first ever women's main event match against former UFC world champion Ronda Rousey and eight-time world champion Charlotte Flair.

In a hard-hitting finale to a seven-hour extravaganza, Lynch made good on her prediction that she would make history by leaving Wrestlemania as Smackdown and Raw Women's champion.

'The Man' handed Rousey – dubbed the Baddest Woman on the Planet – the first pinfall loss of her wrestling career when countering her Piper's Pit finisher for the 1-2-3 much to the delight of her legion of fans.

For Lynch to become just the second wrestler outside of North America to main event Wrestlemania – the other is French icon Andre the Giant – is one thing but to leave as a three-time world champion is another.

It cements the 32-year-old's extraordinary rise to wrestling's upper echelons having only been part of the pre-show the year previous and there was great symmetry to the night as her mentor Balor also left with the Intercontinental title.

Balor, real name Fergal Devitt, trained Lynch in his Bray gym and he showed her the way earlier in the night having defeated Bobby Lashley when hitting his Coup de Grace finisher for the pin and the win.

There was no such fairytale for Sheamus, however, as the Cabra native and tag partner Cesaro – known collectively as The Bar – were unsuccessful in their bid to become six-time tag team champions.

Elsewhere, Universal championship defeat to Seth Rollins in the opener fuelled speculation that Brock Lesnar may be heading back to the UFC with a Heavyweight title match against Daniel Cormier rumoured to be in the offing.

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