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Becky Lynch Rounds Off A Special Night For The Irish At Wrestlemania 35

Whether you agree with it being classified as a sport or not, there is no doubting that WWE has a reach that stretches across the entire globe and its flagship event, Wrestlemania, is on a par with the Superbowl and World Cup Final in terms of viewership figures.

Therefore, we feel it is only right to highlight the incredible achievements of the Irish athletes who rose to the occasion in front of 82,500 screaming fans at New York’s Metlife Stadium last night.

All the talk in the build-up to the event surrounded our very own, Becky Lynch. Her rise to stardom has been well documented at this stage. Born in Limerick, grew up in Baldoyle, trained as an actress and now a wrestling star.

Last night, Lynch became only the second person from outside North-America to headline the event (the other being Andre the Giant, arguably the company’s biggest ever star) and the first female to win a Wrestlemania main event, thus becoming WWE Champion.

Lynch, real name Rebecca Quinn, has had an incredible rise to stardom having appeared in the pre-show at Wrestlemania just a year ago, but since the beginning of her gimmick ‘The Man’ alongside her burgeoning rivalry with former UFC champion, Ronda Rousey, Lynch began to win over thousands of WWE fans and it all came to a head last night when she was crowned champion.

In a beautiful twist of fate also, Bray wrestler and Lynch’s former mentor on these shores, Finn Balor, claimed the WWE Intercontinental title.

Balor, real name Fergal Davitt, has been with the organisation since 2014.

The other Irish representation on the night was Dubliner, Sheamus who was bidding to become a six-time WWE tag-team champion alongside his partner Cesaro, unfortunately, they were defeated on the night.

Whether you recognise it as a sport or not doesn’t matter. However, given the nature of Lynch’s rise and the fact that she made history last night on the same evening that her mentor won an illustrious WWE title. It’s a special night for the Irish in the WWE Universe.

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