Bianca Belair has recalled that John Cena spoke to her a lot after her loss to Becky Lynch at SummerSlam, advising her on how to bounce back.
Heading into SummerSlam 2021, Bianca Belair had her eyes firmly fixed on a huge rematch with Sasha Banks. Belair had famously defeated Banks in the main event of WrestleMania 37 a handful of months previously and was looking to assert her dominance over The Boss and the entire women’s division.
As the show moved ever closer rumours began to swirl, suggesting that Banks wouldn’t be at SummerSlam, something which eventually came true. With Belair stood in the ring with no opponent, Carmella made her way to ringside in an effort to get a championship opportunity, but was thwarted by a returning Becky Lynch.
The Man had been absent for more than a year after taking time away to give birth to her daughter, Roux. A packed stadium in Las Vegas greeted Lynch like a conquering hero, but that joy quickly turned to confusion as she pinned Belair in 26 seconds to claim the SmackDown Women’s Title.
Speaking to Alex McCarthy of TalkSPORT, Belair reflected on her controversial loss, revealing that she later received some advice from John Cena.
“I really got to talk with John Cena a lot after the 26 seconds moment at SummerSlam. He really just gave me a lot of great advice and keep the right perspective of everything. Basically the gist of what he said was ‘moments like this you can really use to propel you. You see how much the fans really get behind you.’ For me, out of that, I was able to look at the longer picture, the bigger picture and hopefully one day it’ll come back full circle, who knows,” she said.
“But for me, I took it as you can use this as an opportunity to show who you are without that title. I’m still the EST of WWE and I’m still going to go out there and show out every single time I step in the ring and you really get to see who’s behind you. Ironically, I think that moment really propelled me and made me a bigger star.”
Although both women were later drafted to Monday Night Raw, the rivalry between the pair has continued, albeit with the two stars on different paths in recent months. At Elimination Chamber, Belair will compete in the match that gave the show it’s name in an effort to become number one contender for the Raw Women’s Championship.
Victory would see her meet the winner of the showdown between Becky Lynch and Lita at WrestleMania 38.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.