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Bianca Belair: ‘Bailey brings out the best in me’
these years Survivor Series It has a new twist.
The event will feature two WarGames, a creation of the late great Dusty Rhodes that debuted in 1987 for Jim Crockett Promotions. While it does away with WWE traditions to highlight a concept created outside its walls, that mindset has changed under Paul “Triple H” Levesque, who oversees the creative direction of the company. The decision to officiate WarGames matches greatly benefits the talent, especially Bianca Belair.
Belair will lead her team of Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim, and a mystery partner against Bayley, Iyo Sky, Dakota Kai, Nikki Cross, and Rhea Ripley in a WarGames match at Survivor Series On Saturday, a perfect setting for her ongoing feud with Bayley.
“Bailey and I have been going there for two years, and she never leaves,” says Belair. “It’s time to get a little payback, and that’s going to happen at WarGames.”
Belair thrives as a lovable kid, and her work shines brighter when she’s opposed by a villain as accomplished in her craft as Bayley. Despite the differences on screen, Belair believes Bayley is one of the best wrestlers in the world – and even credits Bayley for helping her reach new heights in WWE.
“When I started SmackDown In 2019, my success in WWE would not have been possible without us working together.” “It’s very believable, and it makes me better. Bayley is not getting the recognition she deserves.”
Bayley is the only member of the Revolutionary Four Horsemen (which also includes Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair, and Becky Lynch) yet to be in the main event. WrestleMania. Yet it is the backbone of the group, a solid foundation that has allowed everyone else to thrive.
“It pushes me, it gives the best of me,” says Belair. “She taught me so much being able to work with her. Look what she’s doing now – she’s a real leader. As annoying as Damage-CTRL was, you have to respect the way she fought to bring Iyo and Dakota with her. Her passion and dedication are amazing, and you’ll get it.” WrestleMania Moment.”
Belair and her husband, Montez Ford, have been making headlines recently outside of the ring. They’ll star next year in a new TV show on Hulu, with an eight-episode first season already greenlit, produced by WWE Studios.
“I’m nervous about it,” says Belair. “I never thought we’d do some kind of reality TV show. But I’m doing it with my husband, which turns me on. We’ll pull back the curtain and show who we are, not just inside the ring, but outside of it as well.
“We’re just husband and wife living our lives. We’re very family-focused, so it’s not all glamorous and glamorous, but we’re excited to share those intimate little moments. Again, I’m a little nervous, but I’m also excited. People keep telling me they’re going to watch, and I’m going to tell them — we want these evaluations.”
Raw Women’s Champion Belair wrestled two of the most convincing matches in consecutive years at WrestleManiaand worked a great game in july at summerslam. She is instantly recognizable as one of WWE’s signature superstars, as she has taken on multiple roles for the company. The most recent one is an ambassador for the ninth season of WWE SupercardCollectible card fighting game.
“I love having the opportunity to represent WWE,” says Belair. “I don’t have to do it, I want to do it, and I’m honored to be a part of it WWE Supercard. There are many new items that are part of this season – there are three new levels, they add commentary with Michael Cole, and there is also a new game mode with tables, ladders and chairs. I am very fortunate to have done this, and I am grateful for the opportunity.”
A former college track and field athlete, Belair found success in the WWE by drawing on her NCAA chart. As she competed to win every race, her focus was also to best the milliseconds every time she ran in hopes of setting a new personal record.
“In track and field, your biggest competition is yourself,” says Bellair, who earned All-SEC and All-America accolades while completing her college career at Tennessee. “You can finish fifth in the race, but as long as you’re PR, that’s all that matters. That’s the mentality I brought with me to WWE.
“I’m competitive. This was instilled in me from a very young age by my parents. My dad was my coach, and he’s a very hardworking person. I’ve watched my brother and he’s the reason I play sports. We’ve learned to go above and beyond. Every time I train, I know That I need to try harder than anyone else. That goes for the gym, sewing my gear, studying for movies, everything. I always want to give 110%.”
Dating back to her time in NXT, Belair has a history in WarGames, where she wrestled in 2019. This Saturday special card will be unique, as the only other WarGames match features the massive star power of Roman Reigns, The Usos, Kevin Owens, and Drew McIntyre. Sheamus and Sami Zayn. But Bellair is not competing with either of these two superstars. Her sole focus is on taking one more step on the rise towards becoming the best female in-ring artist in the industry.
“Your biggest competition is yourself,” says Bieler. “This is why I work to be the best version of myself. I will do whatever it takes to be the best I can be in war games.”
The Week (online) in Wrestling
- The MJF era has officially begun. Who is the first suitable opponent for him as a hero? Eddie Kingston or Bryan Danielson would be a good fit, but first, MJF needs to cement his status as a top heel by taking out Jon Moxley this week on Dynamite.
- Kevin Owens returned to SmackDown Friday, becoming the fifth Man in the Men’s War Games match against The Bloodline at Survivor Series. Maybe I’ll be surprised, but isn’t it painfully obvious that Ridge Holland eats the pin in the end?
- Kenny Omega will return to New Japan Pro-Wrestling for Wrestle Kingdom in January in a must-watch match against Will Ospreay.
- Congratulations to Kairi Sane, now wrestling as KAIRI, who became the inaugural IWGP Women’s Champion by defeating Mayu Iwatani this past weekend in Tokyo at the NJPW/Stardom Historic X-over show.
Bret Hart on Ricky Steamboat’s return to the ring: “I’m going to root for him”
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat will be back in the ring on Sunday.
Steamboat wrestles in a six-man show on Beyond Wrestling’s “Return of The Dragon” show, his first match since 2010. His legendary career lasted from 1976-94, though he did have an abbreviated run with WWE in 2009 and one independent match in ’10.
In conjunction with FTR, Steamboat will book against Jay Lethal, mystery partner, and Brock Anderson, who will have his father/former Steamboat rival, Arn Anderson, in his corner. The past few months have been memorable for Lethal, who wrestled Ric Flair in his final match of the summer, and faced Sting this past weekend on AEW. Full lunge Pay-per-view and now you will match with Steamboat opposite.
Even just for one night, Steamboat’s return is significant. She even caught the eye of fellow legend Bret “The Killer” Hart, who is highly respected in Steamboat.
“Ricky is one of the greatest,” says Hart. “He’s an amazing wrestler. Very few have done that like Ricky.”
While Steamboat and Hart haven’t wrestled with each other often, their time together in the ring stands out. They wrestled in the March 1986 Classic in Old Boston Garden. He called Steamboat backstage for a match against Hart the following month WrestleMania IIbut his opponent was in the end Hercules.
“I’ve always had nothing but respect for him,” says Hart, who, at 65, is four years Steamboat’s junior. “In the ring and out of the ring, he’s always been a classy act and a gentleman. He’s a straight shooter, never a guy with an ego or a troublemaker. I’m a huge fan of him. He’s just such a great guy. I’m glad he’s having another moment. I think it’s something Great for anyone who was a huge fan of him.”
It’s a safe bet that Steamboat will be playing Sunday’s greatest hits, which aren’t necessarily negative. Hart believes the match has the potential to tug at some strings with nostalgia.
“I would be happy if Ricky was happy,” says Hart. “I don’t know if it’s going to be his greatest match ever, but it takes a lot of guts and a lot of guts to go out there and do what Ricky would do. I salute him and wish him the best of luck. I’m going to root for him.”
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