Bianca Belair: Feuding With Bayley Was ‘Perfect’, I’ve Learned From Her And I’m Going To ‘Carry That Forward’
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The WWE SmackDown Women’s Division is arguably in Bianca Belair‘s hands.
Given her status as the brand’s women’s champion, that might seem obvious. But following Bayley’s injury that will put “The Role Model” on the shelf for the next several months, SmackDown must now lean on “The EST” more than ever before. Belair feuded with Bayley for the first chapter of her reign as the champion, and in an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Belair explained how working with Bayley was beneficial to he.
“Fighting Bayley after winning the title at WrestleMania was perfect,” said Belair. “I’ve been very fortunate to work with her. She has contributed to so much of my success. She’s made me better, and I’m going to carry that forward and carry that through.
“Bayley is a locker room leader, and an amazing person inside and out. I’ve watched and learned from her, the way she handles situations and adapts so easily and quickly. She has the ability to make things look so easy. We’re going to miss her so much while she’s out. She’s a legend in the making, but she does so much more than just make it about herself. She gives and contributes so much to the locker room.”
With Bayley now on the shelf, Belair must lead the way for SmackDown as it enters an exciting stretch for WWE. With live fans back in attendance, there’s a new buzz surrounding every show, and many fans have their sight set on WWE SummerSlam, an event that’s expected to be just as special as WrestleMania itself. No matter who Belair winds up facing at “The Biggest Party of the Summer,” the champion is looking forward to the challenge.
“I’m fully expecting SummerSlam to be something big,” said Belair. “Maybe even out of the blue. Whatever it is, I’ll be prepared.”