Corey Graves believes that the WWE Universe is getting tired of Becky Lynch.
On the latest episode of his After The Bell podcast the SmackDown commentator explains that vocal support for The Man at last Sunday's Royal Rumble was not what it once was. He praises Lynch and Asuka for telling a good story, but states that fans no longer see Lynch as the underdog.
This past Sunday, in Minute Maid Park, I was sitting ringside for the RAW Women's Championship match between Becky Lynch and Asuka. I have nothing negative to say about the match. It was a great match. Both women worked their asses off and created a truly memorable moment. It all came full circle. My observation is that once Becky Lynch's entrance music started to fade, so did the vocal crowd support. Not across the board. Becky definitely had legions of fans that were there to support The Man, but it's not what it once was.
Graves continues, explaining that this is a common occurrence amongst wrestling fans after seeing a particular talent being pushed for too long.
It is my concern that the WWE Universe is beginning to tire of 'The Man.' This is historically a common occurrence in WWE. When someone reaches megastar status, as Becky has over the last year-plus, people tire of them. Look no further than John Cena, Roman Reigns, more recently, Ronda Rousey, who was beloved when she arrived in WWE but by the time WrestleMania came around, even before that, WWE was tired of her. Seth Rollins, last year, no one could wait for him to Brock Lesnar. He beats Brock Lesnar, becomes the guy, and everyone goes, 'what else you got?' This isn't Becky's fault. It isn't anyone's fault. It's an occurrence.
He also suggests that Lynch needs to adapt her character.
It's a cyclical business and maybe it's time for an evolution, another step, another layer to 'The Man.' If anyone can give it to us, I'm sure it's Becky Lynch. But as of this past weekend, Becky Lynch is no longer the underdog. Before she became 'The Man,' everything that propelled Becky to superstardom is 'she wasn't getting her just due.' She had passion, heart and talent, but was never taking that next step. She created her own path, there's no denying she's still a megastar. I'm just wondering if we're beginning to see the rumblings of a bigger movement.
Lynch has held the Raw women's championship for nearly 300 days. She won the gold in the main event of last year's WrestleMania in a triple-threat against Charlotte and former champion Ronda Rousey. Rumors are that she'll be defending against NXT's Shayna Baszler at this year's Grandaddy Of Them All in Tampa.
Check out Graves full comments below in the video above. (H/T and transcribed by Wrestling Inc.)