Little did Asuka know that when she won the Money in the Bank ladder match on Sunday night, she was winning the RAW Women’s Championship. It was revealed on last night’s episode of Monday Night Raw that inside the briefcase wasn’t a contract for an automatic title shot, but instead the title itself. That’s because RAW Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch, had to relinquish the title and will be going on a hiatus after revealing on the show that she’s pregnant; Lynch is engaged to former WWE Champion Seth Rollins.
Lynch isn’t the first member of the roster to take time off while starting a family. Brie Bella and Daniel Bryan had a child not long after she retired from pro wrestling full-time. Nikki Bella and Brie Bella are both currently expecting and Maria Kanellis just welcomed a newborn a few months ago with her husband, Mike Bennett (both were recently let go from WWE amidst massive layoffs and cuts).
Lynch has been the face of the women’s division for more than one year after her culminating moment at WrestleMania 35 last year. Given the timing, it’s likely she’ll be out of action for at least one year.
“Tonight is no ordinary night for me,” Lynch said on RAW. “I’m torn between joy and sadness, ’cause I’m at a place in my life where things are about to change and I needed to do something about it. I have to go away for a while.”
In presenting the title to Asuka, Lynch said, “You go and be a warrior, ’cause I’m gonna go be a mother.”
Lynch and Rollins have been dating since early 2019 and announced their engagement last August.
In other news coming out of RAW, Edge and Randy Orton will face each other at Backlash in a rematch of their WrestleMania fight at the WWE Performance Center, however, this will be a classic wrestling match. Orton addressed Edge in the ring on RAW, telling him that while he might have won the brawl, he doesn’t think Edge has what it takes to be a wrestler anymore, so he challenged him to a straight-up wrestling match at Backlash.
It was an interesting twist, because usually, feuds develop in the opposite direction. Historically a wrestling match might lead to a brutal attack, and the story advances to the point where the wrestlers are in some sort of no disqualification match or perhaps even a cage match, if there is a lot of interference. This feud is taking the opposite approach, beginning with a widespread brawl that took over the entire Performance Center and now progressing into chapter 2, leading a traditional wrestling match.
Backlash is scheduled to take place on June 14 and will likely emanate from the WWE Performance Center in Florida.