In what appears to be a farewell to the WWE NXT brand, Becky Lynch has graciously handed over her NXT Women's Championship title to rising star Lyra Valkyria. Following her title loss during the first week of Halloween Havoc, Lynch took to social media to bid adieu to her "NbeXT" era while expressing optimism for the brand's future under Valkyria's reign.
"On the cusp of a new era, I bow out with immense pride for my tenure as NXT Women's Champion," Lynch wrote on Instagram. "I've been fortunate to share the ring with emerging talents and to have been a part of the open challenges on Raw.
NXT's rich talent pool is in good hands with Lyra Valkyria, a true game-changer for the brand."
Lyra Valkyria's Rise
The turning point for Valkyria came on October 3rd, when she emerged victorious over former NXT Women's Champions Indi Hartwell and Roxanne Perez to secure her shot at the title.
Valkyria, a WWE signee since early 2020, had previously been a mainstay on the now-disbanded NXT UK roster. Lynch's 42-day championship reign began on September 12 when she dethroned Tiffany Stratton. Throughout her title defense, she faced formidable opponents such as Tegan Nox, Natalya, and Hartwell.
Remarkably, Lynch had just defended her title against Hartwell on WWE Raw the night before Halloween Havoc. Stratton also had her rematch against Lynch, but was unsuccessful in reclaiming the title at the No Mercy premium live event during an Extreme Rules match.
As WWE NXT moves into its next chapter, the legacy Lynch leaves behind serves as a strong foundation for Valkyria and other upcoming talents to build upon. With a clear nod to her successor, Lynch’s departure may signify a new era for the women's division and for the NXT brand as a whole.