Becky Lynch shocked WWE on Monday Night’s Raw when she announced her pregnancy to the world in a show-opening promo. Lynch presented Asuka with the Raw Women’s Championship, a title she unknowingly won at Money in the Bank the night before by claiming the women’s briefcase. Then, “The Man” and her once bitter rival shared a touching moment.
After Asuka congratulated Lynch on her pregnancy (in her own unique way), Lynch uttered the kind of line that made her such a big star to begin with: “you go and be a warrior, because I’m gonna go and be a mother.” While it’s unclear if that means Lynch will never return to the ring, here are some superstars turned moms whose footsteps she could follow in if she does choose to come back.
Bella returned to the ring in 2018. She appeared in the first women’s Royal Rumble and tagged with Bryan against the Miz and his wife Maryse (another wrestler/mom) in the Mixed Match Challenge. Her most recent in-ring action came in tag matches with her sister Nikki and Ronda Rousey against the Riott Squad. One bout even saw her legitimately knock Liv Morgan out. She would later be in Nikki’s corner when she lost to Rousey in the main event of WWE’s first all female PPV, Evolution. The Bella Twins have since retired and are set to be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame (when a ceremony can take place). They’re also both currently pregnant.
The couple wouldn’t appear on main roster WWE much until a mixed tag match with Lynch and her real life fiance Seth Rollins briefly changed their fortunes. Maria would reveal she was pregnant and start berating Bennet for his in-ring failures after they lost to the power couple. They wound up trading the 24/7 Championship in the process, giving each of them their first taste of WWE gold. The climax of the angle saw Maria claim that Bennett wasn’t the father of her child, introducing Rusev as a possible baby daddy before he transitioned into a completely different infidelity storyline. Both the Kanellis-Bennets and Rusev wound up being part of the recent WWE roster cuts.
Her biggest post-pregnancy match came at SummerSlam 2019 when she wrestled Charlotte Flair in her hometown of Toronto. In a passing of the torch, Stratus lost in an impressive showing. She has claimed that the match with Flair would be her last. A recently teased bout with Sasha Banks wound up taking place in WWE 2K20.
Stratus’s WWE career path is the one Lynch seems most likely to follow, assuming she has time for a comeback between commitments to motherhood and acting. Stratus is the only woman who has wrestled post-pregnancy who comes close to the level of stardom Lynch attained before her priorities changed. One-off matches between “The Man” and future stars like Toni Storm, Bianca Belair, and Dakota Kai would be a good way for Lynch to make her return, and a fitting way to close the book on her improbably successful career.
With Becky Lynch stepping aside to become a mom, let's look back at some other WWE superstars who've returned to the ring after motherhood.