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Bianca Bellair: “Bailey brings out the best in me”
of this year Survivor Series There’s a new twist.
The event will feature two Wargames, the late, great Dusty Rhodes production that debuted in 1987 for Jim Crockett Promotions. While WWE’s tradition of being paid to highlight its off-the-wall concept has changed under Paul “Triple H” Levesque, who oversees the company’s creative direction. The decision to run WarGames matches greatly benefits the talent, especially Bianca Bellair.
Bellar will lead her team of Asuka, Alexa Bliss, Mia Yim and a mystery partner against Bayley, Io Skye, Dakota Kai, Nikki Cross and Rhea Ripley in a WarGames match. Survivor Series Saturday, a perfect setting for her ongoing feud with Bayley.
“Bailey and I have been going there for two years, and she never leaves,” Bellar says. “It’s time for some payback, and it’s going to be at WarGames.”
Belair thrives as a babyface, and her work shines even more when opposed by a skilled villain like Bayley. Despite the on-screen differences, Bellair believes Bayley is one of the best wrestlers in the world—and even credits Bayley with helping her reach new heights in WWE.
“When I first started SmackDown In 2019, my success in WWE would not have been possible without us working together,” says Belaire. “She is very reliable and she makes me better. Bailey doesn’t get the credit she deserves.”
Bayley is the only member of the Revolutionary Four Horsewomen (which also includes Sasha Banks, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch) who has yet to main event. WrestleMania. Yet she is the backbone of the group, a solid foundation that has allowed everyone else to flourish.
“She pushes me, she brings out the best in me,” Bellar says. “Being able to work with her, she has taught me so much. Look at what she is doing now – she is a true leader. As annoying as Damage-CTRL is, you have to respect the way she fought to bring Eyo and Dakota with her. Her passion and dedication is amazing and she will get it WrestleMania moment.”
Bellar and husband Montez Ford recently made headlines outside the ring. He will star next year in a new television show on Hulu that has already greenlit an eight-episode first season, produced by WWE Studios.
“I’m nervous about it,” Belair says. “I never thought we would do a reality TV type of show. But I get to do it with my husband, which excites me. We will pull back the curtain and show who we are, not just inside the ring but outside it as well.
“We are just husband and wife. We’re very family-oriented, so it’s not all glitz and glam, but we look forward to sharing those small, intimate moments. Again, I’m a little nervous, but I’m very excited. People are telling me they’re going to watch, and I’m going to hold them to that — we want those ratings.”
Bellair, the reigning Raw Women’s Champion, has wrestled two of the most compelling matches of the past years. WrestleManiaAnd worked an excellent bout in July Summerslam. She quickly became recognized as one of WWE’s signature stars, performing many roles for the company. Her newest is as an ambassador for Season 9 WWE SupercardA collectible card-battling game.
“I love the opportunity to represent WWE,” Bellar says. “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 a lot of new elements that are part of this season—there are three new levels, they’re adding commentary with Michael Cole, and there’s even a new game mode with tables, ladders, and chairs. I feel very blessed to do this and grateful for this opportunity.”
A former track and field athlete in college, Bellair has found success in WWE by relying on her NCAA blueprint. As she competes to win each race, her focus gets milliseconds better each time she runs in hopes of setting a new personal record.
“In track and field, your biggest competition is yourself,” says Bellar, who earned All-SEC and All-America honors while finishing her college career at Tennessee. “You can finish fifth in a race, but as long as you PR, that’s all that matters. That’s a mindset I brought with me to WWE.
“I am a competitor. This was instilled in me from my childhood by my parents. My dad was my coach and he is a very hard working person. I saw my brother, and that’s how I got into the game. We were taught to transcend. Every time I train, I know I need to go harder than everyone else. It’s for the gym, sewing my gear, studying film, everything. I always want to give 110%.”
Since her time in NXT, Bellar has a history with WarGames, where she wrestled in 2019. This particular card on Saturday will be unique, as only other WarGames matches feature the immense star power of Roman Reigns, The Usos, Kevin Owens, Drew McIntyre, Sheamus and Sami Zayn. But Bellar does not compete with either of these two stars. Her sole focus is taking another step on the climb towards becoming the best in-ring performer in the industry.
“Your biggest competition is yourself,” Bellar says. “That’s why I’m working on becoming the absolute best version of myself. I’m going to do whatever it takes to be my best at the Wargames.”
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- The MJF era has officially begun. Who is the right first opponent for him as champ? Eddie Kingston or Bryan Danielson would be a good fit, but first, MJF needs to solidify his position as the top heel by taking out John Moxley on Dynamite this week.
- Kevin Owens returned to SmackDown on Friday, becoming the fifth man in a Men’s Wargames match against The Bloodline at Survivor Series. Maybe I’m wondering, but isn’t it painfully obvious that Ridge Holland is eating the pin in the end?
- This best-of-seven series has the potential to elevate the Death Triangle to a new level of stardom.
- Kenny Omega will return to Wrestle Kingdom for New Japan Pro-Wrestling in January against Will Osprey.
- Congratulations to Kairi Sane, now wrestling as KAIRI, who defeated Mayu Iwatani to become the inaugural IWGP Women’s Champion at the NJPW/Stardom Historic X-Over show last weekend in Tokyo.
Bret Hart: “I’m going to root for him” on Ricky Steamboat’s return to the ring
Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat will return to the ring on Sunday.
Steamboat wrestled in a six-man tag on Beyond Wrestling’s “Return of the Dragon” show, his first since 2010. His legendary career spanned from 1976-94, although he had a brief run with WWE in 2009 and one indie match. In ’10.
Teaming with FTR, Steamboat would lock up against Jay Lethal, a mystery partner, and Brock Anderson, whose father/former Steamboat rival, Arn Anderson, would be in his corner. It’s been a memorable few months for Lethal, who wrestled Ric Flair in his last match this summer, battling Sting on AEW last weekend. full gear Pay-Per-View and will now be matched against Steamboat.
Even for just one night, the return of Steamboat is significant. He has caught the attention of co-star Bret “The Hitman” Hart, who holds Steamboat in high regard.
“Ricky is the greatest,” says Hart. “He is a phenomenal wrestler. Few people have done it like Ricky.”
Although Steamboat and Hart don’t wrestle each other often, their time together in the ring stands out. They wrestled the classic in March 1986 at the old Boston Garden. Steamboat advocated behind the scenes for a fight against Hart next month WrestleMania IIBut his opponent in the end was Hercules.
“I’ve always had nothing but respect for him,” says Hart, who is 65, four years younger than Steamboat. “In and out of the ring, he was always a class act and a gentleman. He was a straight shooter, never arrogant or a troublemaker. I am a big fan of him. He’s just such a great guy. I’m glad he’s going to get another moment. I think it’s great for anyone who’s a big fan of his.”
It’s a safe bet that Steamboat will be playing greatest hits on Sunday, which isn’t necessarily a negative. Hart thinks this match has the potential to pull some heartthrobs with its nostalgia.
“If Ricky’s happy, I’m happy,” Hart says. “I don’t know if it’s going to be the biggest match of all time, but it takes a lot of guts and a lot of guts to go out there and do what Ricky’s going to do. I admire him and wish him the best. I’m going to root for him.”
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