WWE champion Becky Lynch announces pregnancy, Asuka takes title as Money in the Bank winner

Raw women's champion Becky Lynch announced during this week's episode of "WWE Raw" on Monday night that she is expecting her first child. Lynch will be forced away from the ring for an extended period of time due to the pregnancy, this ending her run with the title after an astounding 399 days as champion. Lynch's reign is the second-longest with the women's title in modern WWE history behind only Trish Stratus (448 days).

Lynch also announced on the show, to the surprise of new champion Asuka, that the briefcase hoisted above the ring during the women's Money in the Bank match at Sunday night's pay-per-view was not for a shot at the title but rather the strap itself.

"You go be a warrior," Lynch told Asuka, "because I'm going to be a mother."

Lynch and her fiancee, WWE superstar Seth Rollins, learned of their pregnancy in April, she told People. There were set to marry in May but have postponed their wedding due to the coronavirus pandemic. Lynch said she has no idea when she will return to the ring and is not focused on the next chapter of her career at this time. 

Lynch won both the Raw and SmackDown women's titles at WrestleMania 35, defeating Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey in the first women's match to headline WWE's annual wrestling extravaganza. She lost the SmackDown title months later, but continued her record-breaking run as Raw champion until announcing the news of her pregnancy the night after WWE Money in the Bank. She had been off television for multiple weeks and did not wrestle at the pay-per-view.

WWE had been promoting a confrontation between Lynch and women's Money in the Bank ladder match winner Asuka before they switched to plugging a "major announcement."  Lynch had tweeted during Money in the Bank that she has not been injured and said, "Raw can't come soon enough."

Lynch is the first champion in WWE history to forfeit their championship due to a pregnancy. Her last match was a title defense against Shayna Baszler at WrestleMania 36.

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