Limerick’s Rebecca wrestling with sporting history

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Limerick-born champion wrestler Rebecca Quin, who fights under the ring name of Becky Lynch.
Limerick-born champion wrestler Rebecca Quin, who fights under the ring name of Becky Lynch.

LIMERICK professional wrestler Rebecca Quin could have a former world champion in her corner when she makes wrestling history next week.

The 32-year-old, who is better known by her ring name Becky ‘The Man’ Lynch, will feature in the first ever female headline event at the Metlife Stadium in New Jersey on April 7.

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Her bout with Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair will be the highlight of Wrestlemania  35 which will have a worldwide television audience of several millions. She will be the first non-North American to headline the WWE flagship event since Andre the Giant took on Hulk Hogan in 1987.

And the champion in her corner could be non other than fellow Irish combat professional Conor “The Notorious” McGregor.

McGregor, a two weight UFC world champion, has been a prominent supporter of the Limerick born WWE star and speculation that he would appear at Wrestlemania was heightened after he tweeted his retirement on Tuesday.

Irish WWE wrestler Finn Bálor (aka Fergal Devitt) responded to McGregor’s tweet posting “see you at mania brother”.

Last November, tweets shared between McGregor and Becky Lynch indicated that she had an ally in the controversial UFC fighter.

Lynch, who grew up in Dublin but now lives and fights in the US has emerged as the most popular Irish wrestler since starting her career at a school run by Finn Bálor in 2002.

During the early stages of her career, she moved to Canada before being forced to take a seven year break from the ring after sustaining a serious head injury. She returned to full fight status in 2013.

In 2018, the Limerick star was named wrestler of the year by Sports Illustrated and CBS Sports.