From NXT to WrestleMania- The Epic Rivalry Between Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch

Published 08/24/2021, 8:41 AM EDT


The women’s division in WWE has developed and improved drastically since the 80s. WWE has arguably the best female superstars in the pro-wrestling business. Earlier, women were nothing but special attractions and had uninspiring matches. Right now, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch have become stalwarts of the business.

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But now, the women’s division in WWE is the epitome of ‘evolution’.

In the Ruthless Aggression era, there were two female superstars who are probably the best female superstars in the locker room – Lita and Trish Stratus. However, there are new stars in modern WWE – Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.

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‘The Queen’ and ‘The Man’ were best friends when they were in NXT, but the two wrestlers gradually became bitter enemies.

The rivalry between Charlotte and Becky had always proved to draw more and more numbers for WWE and provide the audience with the experience of a lifetime.

The crack in the friendship

In 2015, Stephanie McMahon called for a “revolution” in the Divas division, subsequently introducing Charlotte, Becky Lynch, and Sasha Banks as members of the main roster.

By the end of 2015, Charlotte turned heel after defeating her friend Becky Lynch by faking a leg injury, followed by a distraction provided by Ric Flair.

After a few months of back and forth with Becky, WWE booked Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch for the Divas Championship on an episode of SmackDown where Charlotte successfully retained her title.

The classic match at WrestleMania 32

Charlotte caused a number one contender’s match between Lynch and Banks to end in a no-contest after she attacked both wrestlers. However, this led to a triple threat match between Charlotte, Banks, and Lynch for the Divas Championship booked for WrestleMania 32.

At the event, a new WWE Women’s Championship replaced the Divas Championship and Charlotte defeated Banks and Lynch to become the inaugural champion.

The match was easily one of the best matches on the PPV, solidifying the legacy of all three wrestlers involved.

Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch at the SummerSlam

In 2018, after a brief hiatus, Flair returned to SmackDown, saving Becky from an attack by Carmella. Eventually, ‘The Queen’ inserted herself into the championship match between Carmella and Lynch at SummerSlam, making it a triple-threat match.

Flair pinned Lynch to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship for the second time in her career; after the match, Lynch attacked Flair and turned heel.

TORONTO, ON – AUGUST 30: Wrestling superstar Charlotte Flair attends the 2018 Fan Expo Canada at Metro Toronto Convention Centre on August 30, 2018, in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Che Rosales/Getty Images)

Charlotte Flair vs Becky Lynch’s Evolution classic

Flair received another title opportunity against Lynch in the first Last Woman Standing match at Evolution PPV for the title. The match put both the wrestlers to test and the crowd just loved it.

This match was arguably the best match of both the wrestlers and elevated their status as permanent main-eventers. Eventually, Lynch defeated Flair by powerbombing her through a table.

The “Double Champ” Becky Lynch

At the 2019 women’s Royal Rumble, Lana came out as the 28th entrant, but an injury kept her out; eventually, Becky walked to the ring and took her spot.

As a result, Lynch won the Rumble and earned a title match against Raw Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey at WrestleMania 35. However, Vince McMahon controversially added Charlotte Flair to the match to make the main event of WrestleMania a triple threat.

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At the event, in what was the first time that women main evented a WrestleMania, Flair lost her championship in a “Winner Takes All” match for both her SmackDown and Ronda Rousey’s Raw Women’s Championships when Lynch pinned Rousey to win both titles.

The two wrestlers feuded for some more time before moving on with their separate ways.

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Undoubtedly, the two female superstars have solidified their legacy with such epic battles. Their rivalry has resulted in an emotional rollercoaster ride for the WWE Universe.

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Prithvi Mishra

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Prithvi Mishra is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports. Having started his career as a UFC writer, Prithvi has nearly 2 years worth of experience in covering combat sports. Eventually, Prithvi decided to write for his passion and first love- pro wrestling.

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