Tonight at WrestleMania Backlash, Bianca Belair will defend the SmackDown Women’s Championship for the first time. She defeated Sasha Banks in the main event of WrestleMania 37 night one to take home the gold.
Before her feud with Sasha Banks, Bianca Belair’s biggest rival was Bayley. Following WrestleMania, the feud between the pair has been reignited, and the duo will face off on tonight’s show.
On defending the SmackDown Women’s Champion against the Role Model, Belair said in a recent interview with TalkSPORT:
“I’m very excited to get back in the ring with Bayley. I actually pinned Bayley right before the Royal Rumble, so I feel like she gave me my momentum that carried me through towards the Royal Rumble and then into the feud with Sasha.”
The EST of WWE continued:
“That pin over Bayley gave me the confidence to pick Sasha Banks for WrestleMania. I had confidence to say ‘I want to face Sasha Banks who is the best!’ It carried me through to WrestleMania.”
Many fans praised Bianca Belair and Sasha Banks for their powerful headlining match at WrestleMania 37. After the event, a fan photo emerged that showed an emotional Bayley watching the match with Asuka and the since-released IIconics.
Bianca Belair reflected on Bayley’s legacy as a SmackDown Women’s Champion
In the same interview, Bianca Belair also touched upon Bayley’s legacy as the longest-reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion. The SmackDown Superstar commented on surpassing Bayley’s reign:
“So to come full circle and come back to Bayley, I think is an amazing first defense. We have history and she was the longest-reigning SmackDown Women’s champion. So I would love for it to be my first stepping stone to becoming the new longest reigning SmackDown Women’s champion, I want to take that title from her.
“You know, it’s the long-est… I’m the EST! I want everything that ends in EST to belong to me!”
Bayley recently discussed her upcoming match against Bianca Belair and the WrestleMania 37 SmackDown Women’s Championship match in an exclusive interview that can be viewed below.
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