Becky Lynch talked to espnW about the lessons she has learned from working with Special Olympics, the triumphs of the past year and the next chapter in her life: being a mom. See the highlights below.
On what Special Olympics mean to her:
Well, the message with Special Olympics is it’s a movement to include, right? And it’s ending the stigma and showing we all should show our support and be involved. And I think if I can do any small amount, whatever that is, whether that be giving time or doing an appearance, then I should do it.
On how she feels stepping away from wrestling due to pregnancy:
Well, it’s tough because I’ve given my whole life to wrestling and to moving forward in my career. But this was a choice that, for me, felt like the right one. Because it is wild that a lot of women still have to choose between their athletics or a family. And I didn’t want to have to choose that. For me, this was the right time to go and start a family, something that I’ve always wanted to do. And so I feel like I’ve achieved nearly everything I could achieve in wrestling. I think there’s nothing more important than family. And I’m so excited to experience that and to have this other person that is half me and half the love of my life that I get to show love.
On her inspirations when it comes to balancing motherhood and career:
Bringing it closer to home, I’ll talk about the mothers in my own line of work: WWE superstars Asuka, Mickie James and Lacey Evans. They’ve all proven that you can do both.
On the option to continue her career being available:
That’s something that I’ve always preached and wanted women to have that equality. And of course, to be on the level with the male performers and be on the same level in terms of pay, in terms of treatment. But also, this kind of goes hand in hand where a guy can go and have a kid and doesn’t have to miss a beat in his career. Unfortunately, we do. But that’s also a fortunate thing because we get to experience things that they never will, but also it just doesn’t mean that it’s got to be the end for a career in any line. And I think a lot of people have proved that, and I hope to join them.
On whether she plans to return to the ring:
Yeah. It’s one of those things where I know what I feel and think as a person without a child. I don’t know what that’s going to look like when I do have one, and that’s my priority. I’ll tell you, it’ll give me more motivation than ever, I could imagine. But this isn’t the end of me, one way or the other.