Bianca Belair has opened up about the time she was “most nervous” in WWE – and it wasn’t ahead of the EST’s monumental WrestleMania main event!
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.
“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? If 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.”
Belair did say the nerves were off-set with excitement as the obstacle course “really introduced” her as the exact character she portrays.
“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.”
“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.”