Former Raw Women’s Champion Becky Lynch has become one of WWE’s top stars since her meteoric rise back in 2018.
Becky’s rise has paved the way for many other Irish stars to find their footing in WWE, with more stars coming from the country than ever before.
Three Irish born stars sit at the top of WWE; Becky, Sheamus and Finn Balor, and their are more still coming up through NXT, namely recent NXT call-up JD McDonagh and Lyra Valkyria.
Speaking to Mark Andrews on My Love Letter To Wrestling, Becky discussed helping to put Ireland on the map, heaping praise on Valkyria, believing that she’ll be a ‘huge star’ in the future.
“This all started 21 years ago, and to have at least five major stars in WWE that all came from that little Irish scene. We’ve got Sheamus, we’ve got Finn, we’ve got Jordan, and now we’ve got Lyra Valkyria, who is just phenomenal and is going to be a huge star in the future.
“So, coming from the grassroots from where it started, knowing what it looked like on day one, I don’t know if anybody would have predicted it.”
Becky recently made comments suggesting that she has been approached by someone regarding the potential of WWE running a premium live event in Ireland.
Becky returned on this week’s episode of Raw, confronting Trish Stratus for the first time since her heel turn on Lynch last month.
Lyra is a part of the ongoing tournament to crown the new NXT Women’s Champion, with her picking up the win over Kiana James in the first round on this week’s show.
Here’s a rundown of what happened on the May 9 episode of NXT:
Tiffany Stratton def. Gigi Dolin in the NXT Women’s Championship tournament
Mark Coffey & Wolfgang def. The Dyad to retain the NXT Tag Team Championship after distractions on the outside including a brawl between Ava and Ivy Nile
Duke Hudson def. Javier Bernal
Eddy Thorpe def. Damon Kemp
Ilja Dragunov def. Dijak via DQ when Dijak attacked Dragunov with a steel chair and continued the attack post-match
Charlie Dempsey w/Drew Gulak def. Tyler Bate w/Wes Lee after Joe Gacy came out and punched Bate
Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen def. Hank Walker & Tank Ledger
Lyra Valkyria def. Kiana James in the NXT Women’s Championship tournament
Bron Breakker def. Trick Williams, then continued to attack Williams post-match before Carmelo Hayes tried to make the save, but Breakker laid him out as well
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