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Becky Lynch Beats Charlotte Flair Amid Backstage Tension

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Becky Lynch defeated Charlotte Flair, with help from the bottom rope, in the conclusion to their heated Survivor Series rivalry. The match played on their legitimate feud outside of the ring as the two women brawled and audibly cursed at one another throughout. Following the victory, an incredulous Charlotte Flair laughed off the loss and calmly walked away from the ring smirking.

“She can go run to her dad, and she can go tell the dirtsheets, I’m the freakin’ best!” said Lynch following her big win.

Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch’s real-life tension synced up perfectly with a Raw vs. SmackDown Survivor Series tilt between the two world champions. A testy world title exchange segment on the October 22 broadcast of SmackDown gave way to a backstage confrontation where Charlotte was ultimately escorted from the building by WWE officials.

WWE has since run with the real-life heat as announcers, Charlotte and Becky Lynch have made thinly veiled references to their strained relationship. Lynch and Flair’s beef is reminiscent to the most famous Survivor Series match in history, and arguably the most infamous wrestling match of all time, in the Montreal Screwjob between Bret Hart and Shawn Michaels. Given the many parallels to Hart and Michaels’ rivalry in 1997, some speculated a screw job finish at Survivor Series almost a quarter-century later.

Lynch and Flair even took turns trading barbs in interviews leading up to their suddenly anticipated match.

“We don’t like each other,” Lynch told Ariel Helwani of the MMA Hour (h/t Wrestling Inc).

“We used to. I’m sure she’d give you a different side and I’ll give you my side. My star was rising and we were the best of friends. It all worked when she was on top and I was below. We could all see the way things were going in 2019, people were really behind me, really rallying behind me. This turn would turn me into a different league. She couldn’t take that and has never been able to take it since.”

Not to be outdone, Charlotte Flair weighed in on her state of mind headed into arguably her biggest match of the year.

“I feel like the only adult in the room,” Flair said during an interview on The Masked Man Show. Flair reportedly garnered heat with the backstage locker room in the fallout of her title exchange mishap with Lynch.

“I’ve never used media as a platform other than to talk about my own success and about what I want. Everybody knows I want to be the best.”

“I feel like I shouldn’t have to explain myself. [I feel like] everyone would want to understand that I want to be better, that I didn’t come this far to come this far. But I’ve never used these opportunities as an outlet to tear down someone else’s career.

Flair and Lynch were not the only people talking about their showdown at Survivor Series. Ric Flair himself even found himself in his own side feud with Becky Lynch. In fact, it might be easier to list the people in wrestling who didn’t weigh in with an opinion.

“They were thick as thieves, the best of friends and things have gone awry, to say the least,” WWE champion Big E told Ariel Helwani of BT Sport (h/t Wrestling Inc).

“I will say, I’ll be very busy that day, clearly, but that’s going to be one I have an eye on, for sure.”

In his own comments to Helwani, Paul Heyman captured the spirit of all pro wrestling feuds that also feature real-life tension.

“Doesn’t [bad blood] make for great box office?” said Heyman.

“Doesn’t that make for great storytelling? Doesn’t that make for great intrigue? And that’s what so much of this industry is built on—intrigue.”