Bianca Belair responds to Sam Roberts.
On the NXT TakeOver: Phoenix pre-show, Charly Caruso ran down the card with Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee. As the trio were talking about Shayna Baszler versus Bianca Belair for the NXT Women's Championship, Sam Roberts voiced his opinion on the odds of Bianca leaving Phoenix as champion. There is currently no word on if Sam was scripted to say this or not but here's what he had to say on the pre-show about "The EST Of NXT":
“Yeah, we’re gonna get to see Shayna Baszler be dominant as she always is. We’re gonna see Bianca Belair finally step up and get the opportunity to challenge for the Women’s Championship." Sam paused, "It’s just… It’s not TakeOver worthy. Like, Bianca Belair, she’s a good athlete, but look at the list of Women’s Champions. Look at… you got Shayna Baszler, you got Charlotte, you have Sasha Banks, Asuka, you have Kairi Sane. This is a list of the elite in wrestling, and Bianca Belair is nowhere close to that list. TakeOver has become what TakeOver has become. There’s only five matches on this card, and we’re gonna sit here on the panel and act like there’s a possibility that one of the most skilled women in the history of NXT needs to worry about another woman hitting her with a ponytail." Sam expressed.
Bianca Belair was aware of the comments that Sam Roberts made and responded to Roberts during a backstage interview after her TakeOver match. Bianca said that Sam and anyone else can say what they want because she pushed Shayna Baszler to her limit and left a special message just for Sam at the conclusion of the interview.
“You know what? Mr. Sam can say what he wants to say because I literally just pushed Shayna to her limit. So Mr. Sam, you can kiss my ass”. Bianca said.
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