WWE Almost Released Becky Lynch

Irish star's WrestleMania run may never have happened.

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Becky Lynch's dramatic rise from criminally wasted SmackDown talent to the biggest star in WWE is set to reach its apex with a probable WrestleMania 35 main event, but as the Irish Lass-kicker revealed over the weekend, her run with the company could have all ended before it even started.

In an inspirational Tweet to mark St. Patrick's Day, Lynch noted that just a few weeks short of her NXT TV debut opposite Summer Rae, WWE were set to send her packing. Saddled with a stereotypical Irish gigue gimmick, Becky had an uphill battle from the beginning. Her first few months on the road with developmental resulted in 12 consecutive house show defeats, with the promotion gradually losing interest in the lass from Limerick.

Becky's fighting spirit saw her pull through her professional difficulties, with a complete character revamp totally transforming her fortunes. A splendid showing during NXT TakeOver: Rival's four-way battle for the NXT Women's Championship established Becky as a superstar in the making. Since her main roster debut in 2015, the groundswell of her support has only grown.

The Raw Women's Champion elect ended her tweet with the following encouraging words:

"I’ve been fighting to survive this place since before day one. I’ll never be above what I had to do to stay alive."

In other words: stick at it, kids. It'll work out for you eventually.

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