Becky Lynch made her highly anticipated return to WWE last Saturday at SummerSlam, the biggest pay-per-view of the summer, which was staged in Las Vegas in front of an h*t crowd. 'The Man', absent for over a year due to pregnancy, immediately faced Bianca Belair in a match valid for the title of SmackDown.
The progress of the challenge left everyone stunned, as the Irish star won in just 27 seconds, erasing the good that her opponent had done in recent months. Over the next few days, rumors surfaced that Becky had now performed a turn heel.
In fact, the promo of the new champion confirmed this feeling by raising several question marks about her future. With several decades of experience in the pro-wrestling business, Dutch Mantell has the credentials to express his opinion on the matter.
During the latest edition of 'Smack Talk', the show that airs on Sportskeeda, the former WWE manager was not happy with the recent transformation of the Lynch character.
Dutch Mantell opens up on Becky Lynch
"I disagree because Becky Lynch has always been recognized as one of the quintessential babyfaces" - explained Mantell.
“Now WWE is asking people to accept her as a bad character. Fans no longer know what to think, they are stunned by such a choice. You cannot destroy all of the past just because you feel that a change is needed. Besides, it was too fast and too sudden a transformation.
I don't think we'll see Becky as a heel for that long. I think she maybe she could go on for a month or so, but her future is not that” - she continued. Former WWE and WCW writer Vince Russo had given the company special advice on Lynch's fate.
“If there are no more opponents than her at her level, all that remains is to make her measure up against the superstars of the male roster. It seems to be the only way to change her character." As revealed recently by Andrew Zarian, Becky Lynch's return to WWE TV was not a last-minute call as "The Man' was always scheduled to appear at SummerSlam.
The title change, however, was not planned ahead of the show following Sasha Banks' unavailability. Lynch squashed Bianca Belair to win the SmackDown women's title for the fourth time in her career, and the quick win was reportedly designed to kickstart the returning star's stint as a heel.
As reported, WWE accepted Becky Lynch's request to alter her gimmick, and it will be interesting to see if she manages to replicate Roman Reigns' incredible run on SmackDown.