Bianca Belair has credited Bayley with as one of the “locker room leaders” and someone who “doesn’t get the credit she should” – noting how the Women’s Grand Slam Champion helped elevate her during their long-running SmackDown rivalry.
Speaking with Inside The Ropes‘ Lead Writer Gary Cassidy ahead of WWE Glasgow, Bianca Belair was asked about the “obstacle course” segment where she had to lift Otis and carry the Alpha Academy man on her shoulders on live TV, and to reflect on the rivalry with Bayley overall.
“Well, that’s what happens when you work with Bayley. She’s someone who’s so creative. She’s so fun to work with, and that’s why I was so like, “Oh,” when she got injured before the I Quit Match. I will say this about Bayley. She’s a locker room leader, and she’s one of the Four Horsewomen that I feel like doesn’t get as much credit as she should because she always rises to the occasion, but she always makes you, the person that she works with, she brings them up with her as well.”
“She did it for me with the obstacle course, and I will say that’s one of the things I was the most nervous about because people don’t realise it’s live TV, it’s an obstacle course, and I call myself the EST, and I was most nervous about the hurdles because if I fall, what do I do, you know, and I lose? But then having to pick up Otis…. Otis is a big guy, you know, my husband’s working with him now on the loop, and he can’t even take him down, and it’s rough. But I was super excited about the obstacle course, I feel like it was one of the first things that really introduced me to the SmackDown audience and really introduced me as the EST so people could really physically, I say it all the time, I am the EST, but it was a time that I could really show people – if people could understand it and really get invested in it and believe it.”