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WWE champion, Becky Lynch, announces pregnancy and relinquishes title (video)

One of WWE's biggest stars, Becky Lynch announced Monday on the promotion's Raw television show that she is pregnant and stepping away from the ring for "a while." Lynch, whose nickname "The Man" stems from her being the promotion's marquee attraction, is engaged to fellow WWE headliner Seth Rollins.

"I'm torn between joy and sadness, because I'm at a place in my life where things are about to change and I needed to do something about it," Lynch said through tears.

Lynch told People magazine that she and Rollins found out that she was pregnant in April and that their baby is due in December. She said she had not yet decided on her in-ring future.

"I don't know what the next chapter is because I only know what it's like to think for myself when I'm by myself," Lynch told People. "So I don't know what it'll look like and how my priorities shift and what I'm going to want in the future. So, everything's open."

With the announcement, Lynch relinquished the Raw women's title. She was the longest reigning Raw women's champion, holding the belt for 398 days after pinning Ronda Rousey in the WrestleMania 35 main event in April 2019. The triple-threat match, which also featured Charlotte Flair, was the first women's main event in WrestleMania history.

In Monday's Raw opening segment, Lynch came out with the promise of a big announcement. Before she could say it, Asuka, who won the women's Money in the Bank match on Sunday night, came to the ring.

Lynch told her that normally the Money in the Bank match earns the winner a title shot. But in Asuka's case, this one earned her the actual title. Lynch then went on to break the news.

"I can't fight anymore, but you can," Lynch said. "You are the champion. ... You go be a warrior, because I'm gonna go be a mother."

Lynch, a 33-year-old Ireland native, has been with WWE since 2013. Lynch, whose real name is Rebecca Quin, is a trained actor and is actively pursuing a second career in film and television. Last week, she had a guest spot on the season premiere of the Showtime series "Billions."

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