Becky Lynch has been conspicuous by her absence on Raw recently. And after two weeks away, she has commented on WWE keeping her off tv.
According to Lynch, you can blame the "powers that be" for her not gracing our television screens over the past two weeks of Monday Night Raw episodes. While she took part in a dark match this past Monday and she was part of the Starrcade special on WWE Network, it's clear she's not nursing an injury, yet WWE is keeping her away from the WWE Universe for a reason.
Lynch spoke to Sarah Schreiber after the show and said, "It's been two weeks since I've been on RAW, and it's been two months since I have defended this," Lynch explained. In what is a clear storyline angle, Lynch added, "Now did we think that the powers that were keeping me down in the beginning of all of this have just gone away?"
WWE is obviously giving Lynch the Brock Lesnar treatment. By keeping her off tv and not having her appear repeatedly, the idea here is to limit her exposure, thus try to limit backlash from fans that she's been overused and as a result, getting stale.
They may have a point. Lynch's popularity is clearly still there but it has waned. The former "Becky Two Belts" was on WWE programming more than any other Superstar for some time and it appeared to have an adverse affect on the reaction to her from the fan base. As a result, we'll just get comments like, "I have said the fight that I want, and I have said that I will fight them in the parking lot if I can't get it on a pay-per-view," from backstage.
Will This Work?
It's an interesting approach by WWE in that Lynch is one of their most notable stars and they are keeping her off a show that could use the help in ratings. But, if they are playing a long-term game, this might be the best approach.
Lynch became a star because it was clear WWE had not planned for her to succeed. When she did in spite of all the odds stacked against her, she gained a following. WWE is trying to capture that magic for a second time.