Carmella is confident heading into her SmackDown Women's Championship match against Bianca Belair.
On July 10, WWE announced that Bayley had sustained an injury while training and is expected to miss the next nine months. Bayley was set to challenge Belair for the SmackDown Women's Championship at Money in the Bank.
Later that night during SmackDown, Sonya Deville announced that Belair will no longer defend the SmackDown Women's Championship at Money in the Bank. Instead, she will defend the title against Carmella on the July 16 episode of SmackDown, which is the first SmackDown back in front of fans.
Carmella appeared on the newest edition of Talking Smack and said that she feels bad for Bayley, but is grateful that she will be the one replacing her. The Most Beautiful Woman In All Of WWE says that her friendship with Bayley allows her to gain a unique insight into her opponent, one that will hopefully propel her to a Championship victory.
"Here's the thing, let me tell you this, Bayley is one of my best-best-best friends," Carmella began. "It's awful what happened to her, it really is. My heart goes out to her and I feel really bad. But, I am grateful that I am going to be the one that is replacing her because there is no one in this company, no one on the whole roster; Raw, SmackDown, who knows Bianca better than Bayley. Bayley has had so many matches against Bianca. She knows her in and out. She knows what makes her tick, she knows what her strengths are, what he weaknesses are. So, if you don't think Bayley is going to share that information with me, you are totally kidding yourself. So, I am going into this match so prepared it's not even funny. Bianca Belair should be scared. She should be worried."
Here is the current lineup for next Friday's WWE SmackDown
WWE SmackDown - July 16
- SmackDown Women's Championship: Bianca Belair (c) vs. Carmella
- Kevin Owens vs. Seth Rollins vs. Big E vs. Shinsuke Nakamura
- 6-Man Tag Team Match: Roman Reigns & The Usos vs. Edge, Rey Mysterio & Dominik Mysterio
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