Becky Lynch etched her name in history on September 12 when she triumphed over Tiffany Stratton, clinching the NXT Women’s Championship.
With this win, she cemented her status as a Grand Slam Champion, adding the NXT Women’s Title to her previous conquests of the RAW and SmackDown Women’s Titles and the Women’s Tag Team Title.
Notably, WWE personalities including Bayley, Cathy Kelley, and Lilian Garcia showered the newly crowned Women’s Grand Slam Champion with praise. WWE itself proudly announced her victory in a post featuring an X.
— WWE (@WWE) September 13, 2023
Becky Lynch’s victory brought an end to Tiffany Stratton’s 108-day reign as champion. Lynch skillfully thwarted Stratton’s third attempt at executing her Prettiest Moonsault Ever finisher, countering with a decisive Manhandle Slam to secure the win.
After pinning Tiffany Stratton to secure her WWE NXT Title win, Becky Lynch attempted to conceal herself. She leaned in and whispered something into Tiffany Stratton’s ear, as captured in the clip. A fan expresses their thoughts on X “Class act. “Thank you, toodles,” another fan wrote, ”Class act by Becky Lynch, showing respect even in victory. That’s what sportsmanship is all about”. (Via-X)
Upon claiming the NXT Women’s Championship, Becky declared that her husband, Seth Rollins, also holds a Championship, making them a family of champions.
Becky Lynch’s impact: WWE NXT achieves highest ratings in three years
Becky Lynch’s appearance delivered a substantial boost to WWE NXT, resulting in a surge in viewership and TV ratings that the show hasn’t experienced in years.
According to data released by SportsTVRatings, Tuesday night’s episode saw an average of 850,000 viewers, marking a significant 26 percent increase compared to the previous week’s episode.
In addition to that great news about the entire show, Brandon Thurston of Wrestlenomics noted that the Lynch-Stratton match did over 1 million viewers for the overrun.
NXT’s 8-minute overrun, with the conclusion of the Becky Lynch vs. Tiffany Stratton match, averaged over 1 million viewers.
— Brandon Thurston (@BrandonThurston) September 13, 2023
This episode’s total viewership represents the highest numbers for the program since October 28, 2020. Among these viewers, 335,000 fell within the coveted key demographic of individuals aged 18-49, translating to a 0.26 P18-49 rating, which is a remarkable 40 percent spike from the previous week and the highest NXT has achieved since September 1, 2020.
In Tuesday night’s main event, Lynch emerged victorious against Tiffany Stratton, securing the NXT Women’s Championship. Analyzing the quarter-hour data shared by Brandon Thurston, it becomes evident that the match significantly boosted viewership, with more than 200,000 additional viewers tuning in during that segment.
The peak viewership moment occurred during the show’s eight-minute overrun after 10 PM ET, reaching an impressive 1.06 million viewers.
— Rebecca Quin (@BeckyLynchWWE) September 13, 2023
Brandon also noted that WWE’s YouTube clip featuring Lynch‘s victory garnered nearly 400,000 views by Wednesday at 5 PM ET, surpassing the next most-viewed clip from the show by more than threefold.
This strong performance on Tuesday night positions ‘NXT’ to potentially challenge ‘AEW Dynamite’ for a same-week TV ratings victory. In the previous week, ‘Dynamite’ averaged 887,000 viewers overall, with 409,000 falling in the P18-49 demographic.