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kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (5)

WWE: NXT:Built to win: Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT

kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXTIf you take one look at Becky Lynch, it’s obvious she was meant to be a WWE Diva. Possessing a chiseled physique earned only through hours of hard work in the gym, rippling biceps capable of tearing an opponent's tendons in her devastating armbar, and the most famous pair of delts in sports-entertainment, it’s easy to see why the Irish beauty is one of NXT's brightest stars.

That’s why it’s almost unbelievable to think she nearly walked away from the sports-entertainment world, never to return.

“If you can believe it, I had no intentions of being a wrestler,” Lynch said.kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (1)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (2)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (3)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (4)Becky grew up a wrestling fan in Dublin, Ireland, watching along with her brother. Though she loved the mat game, the thought of actually getting in the ring wasn’t even a dream.

“There were no wrestling schools in Ireland,” she explained. “It was completely unheard of.”kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (5)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (6)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (7)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (8)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (9)A self-described “alternative kid,” Lynch found herself at a crossroads as a teenager. She was doing poorly in school and eating lots of junk food. Before she went too far down a bad path, Lynch came to a realization.

“I wanted to get fit,” she recalled. “I thought I would do kickboxing, because going to gyms was too mainstream.”kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (10)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (11)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (12)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (13)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (14)But before she could throw a single kick, though, the unthinkable happened.

“My brother was going to go to England to wrestle, but then we found out they were opening a wrestling school in Bray, County Wicklow,” Lynch said. “I thought, ‘I’ll go along and try that. It’ll get me really fit.’”kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (15)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (16)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (17)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (18)Inspired by WWE Divas like Lita, Lynch joined her brother at the wrestling school, where she was trained in part by NXT Superstar Finn Bálor. The school itself was bare-bones. Lynch learned the art of grappling on gym mats rather than inside a squared circle. And though she has no pretentions about her abilities in the early days, she wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything else.

“I was absolutely, diabolically bad,” she chuckled. “But I loved it more than anything.”kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (19)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (20)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (21)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (22)Lynch’s love for sports-entertainment only grew from there. She saved her allowance and went to England, training in a wrestling camp while competing in Ireland twice a week. At 17, she enrolled in college, studying history, politics and philosophy. While she loved being in the ring, Lynch was still focused on the idea of having a regular 9-to-5 job.

“I didn’t think [wrestling] was what I was going to do,” she explained. “I was going to be a lawyer.”kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (23)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (24)kingofflatscreens.Built to win Becky Lynch's incredible around-the-world journey to NXT (25)

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