Going into SummerSlam last year, Belair had been SmackDown Women’s Champion since defeating Sasha Banks in a history making match on night one of WrestleMania 37, and was set for a rematch for The Boss in Las Vegas.
However, on the night, Banks was unable to compete and instead was replaced by Becky Lynch, making her return to WWE following the birth of her baby daughter. Lynch subsequently pinned Belair after just twenty-six seconds to shockingly defeat the EST of WWE for the SmackDown title.
The feud between the two continued across WWE TV until their eventual meeting at WrestleMania in Dallas, where Belair won the Raw Women’s Championship from Becky in what was arguably the match of the weekend.
Speaking to Lucas Charpiot of VL Media Belair commented on the rivalry, crediting Becky as one of the best storytellers in WWE and praising how well she has carried their story.
Working with Becky Lynch is fantastic. She is a formidable competitor. In the ring, she is one of the best storytellers in the promotion. When you re-watch the WrestleMania match and dwell on her facial expressions, you can really feel his emotions. She carried this storyline on her shoulders from August until WrestleMania.
Most of the time, I feel like women don’t have those long-lasting storylines that lead to a purpose. We had the chance to tell that and keep the interest of the fans. At SummerSlam, people thought Becky Lynch killed my momentum. It was a hard pill to swallow, even for me. But in the end, working with Becky Lynch allowed me to grow tremendously as a talent at WWE.
I learned a lot from her in the ring, but also outside the ring. She is a huge advocate for women’s wrestling so that it stays at the top of the map. I’m grateful to have had the chance, not only to face her, but also to have been able to tell this long story that concluded at WrestleMania,”
The two are set to clash once again at Hell in a Cell next month, following the events of last night’s Monday Night Raw. Becky’s win over Asuka means that the Raw Women’s Championship match for the show will be a triple-threat affair pitting champion Belair against both Asuka and Big Time Becks.