Becky Lynch is reported as having re-injured her knee after an attack of Charlotte Flair during a SmackDown Live event on Saturday night.
Lynch has been handed a 60-day suspension from Vince McMahon, which should serve to prevent her from getting into the ring. But that isn't very likely to stop her in her quest to be reinstated ahead of WrestleMania.
With Flair having replaced her in the previously billed title match against Ronda Rousey following her Royal Rumble victory, she has become a marked woman.
The Queen was engaged in a brawl with SmackDown Live Women's Champion Asuka at a non-televised house show in Alexandria, Louisiana on Saturday night when Becky jumped the barricade with the intention of carrying out an assault. Flair, though, wasted no time in grounding her attacker, specifically targetting the injured knee and going to work on it with a steel chair.
Backstage personnel tried to break things up but to no avail as Flair continued with shots to the knee. They were briefly separated but wound up fighting again at ringside before Flair departed, leaving Lynch worse for wear. The WWE has since announced that the 32-year-old has further aggravated the knee injury she has been carrying for a while.
"During a SmackDown live event in Alexandria, La., Saturday night, Becky Lynch suddenly leaped over the barricade from the crowd and attacked Charlotte Flair as The Queen was facing SmackDown Women’s Champion Asuka. In the heated altercation that followed, an irate Charlotte re-injured Becky’s knee, going as far to attack it with a steel chair.
"Check back with WWE.com for more on Becky Lynch’s injury as it becomes available."
What This Means
Of course, this is a work. The WWE had been trying to play up The Man's injury so Charlotte would work her way into the match against Rousey.
We can expect a limping Becky to keep trying to force her way back into the WrestleMania showdown. And it's quite likely that it ends up being a triple threat.