WWE’s marquee Summer Pay-Per-View is right around the corner and one of the featured matches in the card will see Becky Lynch defend her Raw Women’s title against hometown girl Natalya.
With more eyes on the product right now for one of WWE’s ‘big four’ and Becky Lynch being one of WWE’s biggest stars, here are six reasons why Becky Lynch needs to leave SummerSlam victorious.
1 – Gain Back Her Momentum
Natalya isn’t necessarily the opponent many would’ve picked to go after Becky Lynch’s title at SummerSlam but we can all agree it’s very much in line with Lynch’s title reign thus far.
Once the biggest babyface in the company, she suffered from a convoluted storyline going into Wrestlemania and, despite getting the ‘W’ on the biggest stage of them all, she did it via a bridge pin, not exactly the emphatic win needed as a culmination of her chase for the titles.
Following Wrestlemania, double-champ Becky Lynch put both titles on the line at Money in the Bank, a nice trait to her character, of someone who won’t back down from a challenge even if she has to pull double-duty.
The problem was that Becky and Charlotte had been feuding for almost a year (A YEAR) at that point and Lacey had done nothing since her debut in the main roster in late December 2018.
What should’ve been a one-off thing between Becky and Lacey, ended up being a 3-month-long feud, culminating at July’s Extreme Rules Pay-Per-View, where Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins defended both the Raw Women’s title and Universal title against Corbin and Evans in an intergender tag team match.
Becky needs to gain back all her momentum and beating the veteran Natalya in her home town of Toronto, in a Submission match no less, a match where the winner is decisive is exactly what Becky needs right now.
2 – Getting ‘Ready’ For Ronda
And why does Becky need her momentum back? Well, apart from the need to be strong and credible as champion, the potential rematch with Ronda Rousey demands it.
There will be a day when Ronda Rousey returns to WWE and the “Baddest Woman on the Planet”inevitably crosses paths with The Man once again, this time hopefully in a very intense singles match.
The way their Wrestlemania match ended left a sour taste in a lot of people’s mouths, including Ronda Rousey’s. If they’re having a match at next year’s Wrestlemania, where they’re rumored to once again be the main event, Becky needs to feel like an unstoppable force once again, and getting a long streak of wins under her belt is the best way to do that.
3 – Becky: The Cover Star
The honor of being the cover star of this year’s WWE 2k videogame fell into the very good hands of Becky Lynch and Roman Reigns.
A sound marketing strategy dictates that both cover stars need to be booked strong going forward. This means Becky needs to retain her title at SummerSlam and remain champion going into the fall when the game releases.
If past years are anything to go by, that should happen. Jinder Mahal holding the WWE title for about 6 months in 2017, so WWE could grow in the Indian market, shows that sometimes these types of decisions go hand-in-hand.
Another example of that comes from last year’s WWE 2K cover star and ironically the man who took the WWE Championship from Mahal, AJ Styles, who remained WWE champion past the game’s release.
4 – SummerSlam Is The Man’s Birthplace
Much like ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin’s new attitude was born after winning the 1996 King of The Ring tournament, where he cut the now famous Austin 3:16 promo, the start of what would become ‘The Man’ Becky Lynch took place precisely on last year’s SummerSlam.
Becky Lynch earned a shoot at Carmella’s Smackdown Women’s title going into SummerSlam, only to see Charlotte Flair being added to the match later on.
Charlotte would eventually win the match by pinning the champion, resulting in a beat down by Lynch on the new champion, with the entire arena behind Becky’s new attitude. At that moment, they witness history.
This new attitude from Lynch made her the biggest thing in wrestling that Summer and she became not only the most cheered performer in all of WWE but one of the biggest badass babyfaces in the history of the business.
Submitting Natalya in the middle of the ring on Sunday becomes imperative. If that happens, SummerSlam becomes the Man’s special event.
5 – Losing To Natalya Could ‘Kill’ The Man’s Aura
One of WWE’s biggest problems is the lack of long term booking. This isn’t anything new, it’s been going on for years but it continues to be very harmful to the wrestler’s credibility.
Natalya was given a shot at Becky’s title without any prior build. Despite being a veteran of the business and a very competent worker, Natalya arrives at SummerSlam coming from two very lackluster years, playing Rousey’s friend until this year’s WrestleMania and doing nothing worth noticing since.
If Natalya were to win this match, that would be very harmful to Lynch’s credibility and it wouldn’t be the first time it had happened this year.
In this year’s Money in the Bank Pay-Per-View, Charlotte Flair defeated Becky Lynch for the Smackdown Women’s title. Despite it happening because of Lacey Evans’ interference, Becky Lynch still lost to a woman who had won only one televised match since November 2018 (not counting tag team matches).
Charlotte being an 8-time Woman’s champion before the match did nothing for her when she kept losing all the time, so imagine if Lynch loses on Sunday to someone who’s in Natalya’s position.
6 – No-one wants to see Natalya as champion
Not even her cats.
In 2019, having Natalya as champion simply wouldn’t be a smart choice. I know I’ve criticized some of Becky Lynch’s booking in this article but the reality is that Becky is a star and stars sell tickets and merchandise.
Natalya has a place in the women’s division but with the amount of talent that roster has right now, she doesn’t feel like a big deal as a title contender, let alone as a champion.
At the end of the day, WWE is all about what’s best for business and Natalya getting over their biggest female star and one of their biggest stars overall, simply isn’t good for business.