BIOGRAPHY - REBECCA QUINN

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Wrestler: Rebecca Knox/Becky Lynch
Real Name: Rebecca Quin
Birthday: January 30, 1987
Hometown: Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Briefly Lived in Canada, Returned to Dublin, Ireland
Height & Weight: 5'6" - 135 lbs
Trained by: Fergal Devitt, Gonzo De Mondo, NWA UK
Debut: November 11, 2002
Previous Gimmicks: K-NOX, Becky Lynch
Finishing Move: Falcon Arrow, Double Springboard Leg Drop
Favorite Moves: T-bone Suplex, Spring Board Leg Drop, Hurrancarana, Arm Bars, Leg Locks, Wrist Locks
Notable Feuds: Jezebel (NWA UK), Miss Chevius (ECCW), Gonzo de Mondo, Robbie Morissy, Lexie Fyfe, Daizee Haze

 

Rebecca Quin (born January 30, 1987) is an Irish former professional wrestler, better known by her ring name Rebecca Knox. She is signed to WWE and works in the WWE NXT developmental territory under the ring name Becky Lynch.

Quin's brother is also a professional wrestler who uses the name Gonzo de Mondo. She was a fan of professional wrestling as a child, and used to watch it with her brother. Quin has a brown belt in submission wrestling, and as a child, she was involved in horse riding, swimming and basketball. Prior to beginning to train as a wrestler, Quin stated that she had been "going down a bad path" involving alcohol and marijuana, but wrestling helped her give it up. Knox attended university, where she studied philosophy, history and politics, but said she "really hated it" and dropped out. She planned to return to college to study health and exercise studies. As a wrestler, Knox had broken both of her ankles and suffered a stinger prior to 2005.

 

Quin began training as a professional wrestler under Fergal Devitt and Paul Tracey in June 2002, and made her debut five months later. Initially working in Ireland and occasionally teaming with her brother, she soon expanded her career into the rest of Europe. She wrestled regularly for the France-based Queens of Chaos promotion, and won the World Queens of Chaos Championship in 2006. She also wrestled for England's One Pro Wrestling and Germany's German Stampede Wrestling.

 

As a teenager, Quin heard that Fergal Devitt and Paul Tracey were opening a wrestling school in Ireland, and decided to go check it out. Beginning in June 2002, she ended up training there, along with her brother. She made her professional wrestling debut five months later on 11 November, using the name Rebecca Knox. She teamed with her brother in mixed tag team matches during the early part of her career. She also trained at NWA UK Hammerlock.

 

During the early part of her career, Knox wrestled in Ireland, and lost to English wrestler Eden Black at an NWA Ireland show in Dublin.

 

On 13 May 2005, Knox was defeated by English wrestler Skye at Queens of Chaos' inaugural show and DVD taping in Toulouse, France. On 7 August Knox appeared at a Fighting Spirit Federation (FSF) show, where she competed in a four-way match for the World Queens of Chaos Championship against the champion, Nikita as well as Jersey and Sweet Saraya. When Nikita vacated the World Queens of Chaos Championship, Knox defeated Saraya to win it on 4 June 2006 at a FSF show in Chouilly, France. She held the championship for approximately two and a half months, successfully defending it against Skye on 10 September, before losing it to Saraya at a World Association of Wrestling (WAW) show in Great Yarmouth, England on 23 September.

 

On June 24, 2005, Knox defeated Miss Chevius to become the first ever ECCW NWA Supergirls Champion. Knox would hold the title for over nine months including successful title defenses against LuFisto and Cheerleader Melissa. She would eventually lose the title on April 21, 2006 to Lisa Moretti.

 

On 14 October 2005, Knox appeared at a New England Championship Wrestling event in Framingham, Massachusetts where she competed in a four-way match that was won by Violet Flame. Later that month, Knox participated in All Pro Wrestling (APW)'s third ChickFight tournament in Hayward, California. She defeated Morgan in the first round on 28 October, but lost to eventual winner Mariko Yoshida in the second round later that night. The following night, she teamed with Cheerleader Melissa and Tiffany in a losing effort to Rain, Morgan and Hailey Hatred in a six-woman tag team match at an APW show. She also appeared for the AWA Pinnacle promotion on 21 January and 26 February 2006. On 21 January she acted as the referee in a match between Christopher Ryseck and Caden Matthews, and helped Ryseck to win by hitting Matthews with a chair. On 26 February, she and Ryseck were defeated by Matthews in a handicap match in Pacific, Washington.

 

In November 2005, Knox completed a two-week tour of Japan, as she competed for International Women's Grand Prix. She tagged with Aja Kong and Gran Hamada in the main event on each show, and her team was undefeated. During this tour, on 9 November, Knox won an 18-person battle royal in Korakuen Hall in Tokyo. She later singled out this tour as the highlight of her career. She returned to Japan in August 2006, defeating Yuri Urai in a singles match on 13 August, before teaming with Bullfight Sora to defeated Gami and Kyoko Kimura. On 18 August, she teamed with Yuki Miyazaki to defeat the team of La Amapola and Kimura, before losing to Kimura in a singles match two days later.

During 2006, Knox competed for One Pro Wrestling.

 

Knox began working for the all-female promotion Shimmer Women Athletes in 2006. In her debut match for the promotion at the DVD tapings of Volume 3, she defeated Allison Danger on 12 February, and established herself as a heel by faking an injury. In the main event of the Volume 4 DVD tapings later that night, she lost to Daizee Haze, provoking a feud between the two women. At the Volume 5 tapings on 21 May, she attacked Haze following Haze's first match against Portia Perez, performing a release German suplex on Haze. She went on to defeat Haze in a two out of three falls match later that evening. The match lasted 29 minutes, and was later described by promoter Dave Prazak as "probably the best women's match [that he'd] seen on U.S. soil in years, if not ever". In a repeat of her debut match for the promotion, Knox defeated Danger in a 'Pure Wrestling Rules' match at the tapings for Shimmer Volume 6. Knox was supposed to face Haze in a 60-minute Iron Woman match at Shimmer's Volume 7 taping, but due to the injury she sustained in Germany, the match was cancelled. Knox was booked for a Shimmer event on 26 April 2008, but no-showed, stating that she did not believe that wrestling was the correct career choice for her at that time.

 

On June 4, 2006, Knox defeated Sweet Saraya to become the Fighting Spirit Federation Women's Champion or better known as The Queen of Chaos.

 

Knox joined the Canadian promotion SuperGirls Wrestling, an all-female off-shoot of Extreme Canadian Championship Wrestling (ECCW), in 2005, first appearing on ECCW shows. She immediately began feuding with Miss Chevius, defeating her in a singles match in Surrey, British Columbia on 17 May, before losing to her in Port Coquitlam, British Columbia a month later on 17 June. The following night however, Knox teamed with Calum Macbeth to defeat Miss Chevius and Tony Tisoy in a mixed tag team match in Vancouver. On 24 June, Knox defeated Miss Chevius at an ECCW show in Surrey, British Columbia, to become the inaugural SuperGirls Champion. Knox successfully defended the championship against LuFisto 23 September at the inaugural SuperGirls DVD tapings, when she hit LuFisto with the championship belt and Knox's manager, Scotty Mac powerbombed LuFisto through a table. She also successfully defended the championship twice the following night; first against Cheerleader Melissa when Mac superkicked Melissa to allow Knox to pin her, and against Madison, where Knox illegally used the ring ropes for leverage during the pin. At ECCW's tenth anniversary show in January 2006, she defeated El Phantasmo in an intergender match. In March she feuded with Nikki Matthews, defeating her at the ECCW television tapings on 25 March and teaming with Sid Sylum and Gurv Sihra to defeat Matthews, Phantasmo and Kyle O'Reilly on 31 March. On 8 April, Knox defeated Veronika. Knox held the SuperGirls Championship for 10 months and two days, before eventually losing it to Lisa Moretti on 21 April 2006.

 

On September 23, 2006, Knox lost the Queens of Chaos title to Sweet Saraya in the UK.

 

On 10 September 2006, Knox wrestled for the International Wrestling Zone promotion, defeating Emil Sitoci and Robbie Mireno in a three-way match. On 26 September Knox competed for German Stampede Wrestling, where she lost to Finnish wrestler Kisu in a singles match. During the match Knox suffered a cut above her eye, for which she received stitches. Knox later posted on her website that she had been suffering from headaches, vision problems, and loud buzzing in her left ear since receiving the injury. She was diagnosed with possible damage to her eighth cranial nerve, and as a result canceled all her bookings for the rest of the year. She was expected to participate at a ChickFight television taping on 4 May 2008, but was removed from the show after no-showing a Shimmer Women Athletes show, stating that she did not believe that wrestling was the correct career choice for her at that time.

 

On October 11, 2006, it was posted on Knox's website that she had suffered a potentially career threatening head injury during a match in Germany that took place on September 26, 2006. Given the symptoms, Knox was suffering in the days following. The rest of her wrestling dates were canceled for the 2006 year, but she made one-time return in February 2008 for NWA Ireland before fully retiring from wrestling soon afterwards.

 

On 26 March 2011, Knox returned to Shimmer as the manager of the mother-daughter tag team, Saraya and Britani Knight.

 

During her time away from wrestling, Quin worked as an actress and was cast in numerous plays during 2011 and 2012. She graduated with a degree in acting from the Dublin Institute of Technology and has attended Columbia College Chicago and the Gaiety School of Acting. She also worked as a flight attendant with Aer Lingus for two and a half years.

On 8 April 2013, it was reported that Quin had signed a two-year developmental deal with WWE and had moved to Florida to report to their developmental territory NXT. On 29 August, Quin's new ring name was revealed as "Becky Lynch", and she debuted at an NXT live event in November.

 

Lynch made her televised in-ring debut on the 26 June 2014, episode of NXT, defeating Summer Rae. On the 3 July episode of NXT, Lynch teamed up with Bayley in a losing effort to "The BFFs" (NXT Women's Champion Charlotte and Sasha Banks) in a tag team match. She spent the next few months in non-title matches against Charlotte, losing three in a row. On the 23 October episode of NXT, after being told to make herself relevant, Lynch aligned herself with Sasha Banks by attacking Bayley. Known as "Team B.A.E." (Best at Everything), the alliance started to disintegrate when Banks cost Lynch a match against Bayley, in February 2015.

 

On 11 February, at NXT TakeOver: Rival, Lynch participated in a fatal four-way match for the NXT Women's Championship, which was won by Banks. On the 22 April episode of NXT, Lynch won a triple–threat match against Charlotte and Bayley to become the number one contender to the NXT Women's Championship. On 20 May, at NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable, Lynch unsuccessfully challenged Sasha Banks for the championship, debuting a new look resembling Magic: The Gathering character Chandra Nalaar, thus keeping herself moving into the main roster. The match received widespread critical acclaim, with praise going to the performances of both Banks and Lynch.

 

Lynch made her official main roster debut on the 13 July episode of Raw, as a face, along with Charlotte and Sasha Banks, after Stephanie McMahon called for a "revolution" in the WWE Divas division. While Lynch and Charlotte allied with Paige, who was feuding with Team Bella (The Bella Twins and Alicia Fox), Banks would ally with Naomi and Tamina, leading to a brawl between the three teams. The trio of Lynch, Charlotte and Paige originally dubbed "Submission Sorority" was renamed to "Team PCB", after the first–name initials of each wrestler. Lynch made her in–ring début on the July 20 episode of Raw, where she and Paige lost to Sasha Banks and Naomi,[59][60] and was able to earn her first singles victory, over Brie Bella, on the 28 July episode of Main Event. The three teams ultimately faced off at SummerSlam, in a three team elimination match, where Lynch pinned Brie Bella to win the match for PCB.

 

On the 31 August episode of Raw, all members of PCB competed in the first ever "Divas beat the clock challenge", in which Charlotte was named the number one contender to Nikki Bella's WWE Divas Championship, which she won, at Night of Champions, on 20 September, and the following night on Raw, during Charlotte's celebration, Paige turned on her partners and cut a worked shoot promo, where she claimed that Charlotte was only there because of her father, and called Lynch the "least relevant" member of Divas division. Throughout October, Paige tried to reconcile with Lynch and Charlotte only to attack them and solidify her heel turn, officially disbanding Team PCB in the process. On the 2 November episode of Raw, Lynch failed to win a fatal four–way number one contender's match for Charlotte's Divas Championship, which Paige won after she pinned her.[69] A week later, Lynch gained revenge over Paige and defeated her in a singles match.

 

"Lynch is the one who was the key to the initially failing "Divas Revolution" turning around. Her program with Charlotte may have been the best booked on the main roster. And it worked." Dave Meltzer in February 2016

 

On the 30 November episode of Raw, Charlotte started displaying villainous traits, after she defeated Lynch by feigning a leg injury, followed by a distraction provided by her father. Throughout December, Lynch and Charlotte's friendship continued to strain, and after Lynch defeated her on the January 4, 2016 episode Raw, Charlotte would attack her and solidify her villainous turn. Lynch went on to challenge Charlotte for her Divas Championship three days later on SmackDown, and at the Royal Rumble on January 24, but lost both matches after interference from Ric Flair.

 

In February, Lynch became involved with her former rival Sasha Banks' feud with Naomi and Tamina, leading to Lynch allying with Banks to defeat Naomi and Tamina in a tag team match at Fastlane. The following night on Raw, it was announced Lynch and Banks would compete in a number one contender's match, with the winner facing Charlotte for the Divas Championship at WrestleMania 32, the match, however, ended in a no contest, when a double pin occurred. A rematch took place on the following SmackDown, which also ended in a no contest, when Charlotte attacked both girls. As a result, a triple threat Divas Championship match between Lynch, Banks and Charlotte was announced for the pay–per–view. At the event, after it was announced during transmission that the Divas Championship would be withdrawn and it would be replaced with the new Women's Championship, with all three women competing for it in the triple threat match, in which she was unsuccessful in capturing the new title at her WrestleMania debut.

 

After WrestleMania, Lynch began a feud with Emma, being defeated by her on the 2 May episode of Raw, however, she gained revenge on her along with Natalya by defeating her and Charlotte three days later on Smackdown. On the 9 May episode of Raw, Emma's NXT's tag team partner Dana Brooke made her in-main roster debut by assaulting and attacking Lynch during a backstage segment. Three days later on the May 12 episode of Smackdown, Lynch lost to Brooke after being distracted by Emma, and repeated the event on the May 16 episode of Raw. On June 19 at Money In The Bank, Lynch and Natalya were defeated by Brooke and Charlotte. After the match, Lynch was attacked by Natalya, who turned villainous in the process. Followed by multiple continuous attacks between both females, it was announced that they would face off on July 24 at Battleground. At the event, she was defeated by Natalya. After being drafted to SmackDown as part of the 2016 WWE draft which took place on July 19, Lynch made her first appearance for the brand on July 26, where she defeated Natalya before being confronted by the brand female talents.

 

After being drafted to the SmackDown brand as part of the 2016 WWE draft which took place on 19 July, Lynch made her first appearance for the brand on 26 July, defeating Natalya before being confronted by the brand female talents. On the 16 August episode of SmackDown Live, Lynch teamed with Carmella in a successful victory against Alexa Bliss and Natalya, after a distraction provided by Eva Marie and Naomi. It was later announced a six-woman tag team match for SummerSlam between Lynch, Carmella and Naomi against Bliss, Marie and Natalya, but following Marie's suspension on 18 August, her place was taken by the returning Nikki Bella, and Lynch's team would ultimately lose the match at evet on 21 August. At Backlash on 11 September, Lynch won a six-pack elimination challenge by last eliminating Carmella to become the inaugural SmackDown Women's Champion, marking her first title victory in WWE. Lynch's first title defense against Alexa Bliss was scheduled for No Mercy on 9 October, but the match was postponed due to Lynch suffering a legitimate out-of-ring injury. The match was rescheduled for the 8 November episode of SmackDown Live, where Lynch successfully defended the title, albeit in controversial fashion (the referee did not see Bliss' foot on the rope when she submitted to her finishing maneuver, the Dis-arm-her). Lynch was a part of Team SmackDown at Survivor Series on 20 November, where she was the last woman from the team to be eliminated during the traditional 5-on-5 Survivor Series elimination match.

 

At TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs on 4 December, Lynch lost the championship to Bliss in a tables match. In December, an angle began where both Lynch and Bliss used a gimmick named La Luchadora to face each other in matches while trying to conceal their identities. As the feud with Bliss intensified, another woman wearing the La Luchadora costume began assisting Bliss, who was revealed to be the returning Mickie James after Lynch was defeated by Bliss in a championship steel cage match, which main evented the 17 January 2017 episode of SmackDown Live At the 2017 Royal Rumble pre-show on 29 January, Lynch teamed with Naomi and Nikki Bella and Naomi and the trio defeated Bliss, James and Natalya. At Elimination Chamber on 12 February, Lynch defeated James in a singles match, but lost to her in a rematch on the 14 February episode of SmackDown Live. Lynch also failed to defeat Bliss for the vacant SmackDown Women's Championship on the 21 February episode of SmackDown Live, as well as losing a six-pack challenge for the title at WrestleMania 33 on April 2.

 

On the April 11th episode of SmackDown Live, a Superstar Shakeup would take place moving Charlotte and Tamina to SmackDown Live. When Charlotte is given a title opportunity, Natalya, Carmella and Tamina would become jealous and form a stable called "The Welcoming Committee". They would try persuade Lynch to join. On the May 2nd episode of SmackDown Live, after weeks of persuasion from "The Welcoming Committee", during an attack on Naomi and Charlotte, Lynch feigned joining the stable, only to attack them instead. At Backlash, Lynch teamed with Charlotte and Naomi in a 6-woman tag team match against Natalya, Carmella and Tamina in a losing effort after Natalya made Lynch submit to the sharpshooter. At Money in the Bank, Lynch participated in the first ever women's Money in the Bank ladder match, which was won by Carmella.


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