Becky Lynch turned “Heel” on Charlotte Flair at the 2018 Summerslam and began a skyrocket rise to superstardom. The fans couldn’t help but cheer Lynch making her an anti-hero comparable to ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin.
Lynch won the Smackdown Women’s Championship at Hell In A Cell and defended it across multiple PPVs until the Royal Rumble in January 2019.
She then went on to win the first-ever women’s main event at Wrestlemania, defeating Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey to win both the Raw and Smackdown Women’s Championships.
As this push started to take off, Lynch began referring to herself as “The Man”. The nickname stuck and fitted her character and persona perfectly.
Recently, Stephanie McMahon spoke to Digital Spy regarding the nickname and what the thoughts of it backstage were:
“(‘The Man) really was was her idea,” Stephanie said. “It’s funny because some women were very against it like, ‘Why do you have to call yourself the man? Why can’t you be The Woman.’ But she just didn’t take it, you know, too literally. The whole point was to turn that nomenclature on its ear, right, because everyone says, ‘oh the biggest, the most successful person in the room is The Man. Well, why can’t The Man be a woman?”
It’s impossible to think of Lynch as anything other than ‘The Man’. It may well have upset some of her peers but it unquestionably helped in her rise to the very top of WWE.