At SummerSlam Becky Lynch made her long awaited return to WWE, dethroning SmackDown Women’s Champion Bianca Belair in a matter of seconds.
While Lynch received a thunderous reception from a packed out Allegiant Stadium when her music hit, a feeling of uncertainty took over after Lynch pinned the champion. Some fans went on to vent their frustration online after the match and it appears that one particular WWE Hall of Famer shared that sentiment.
Speaking after the show with Scott Fishman, two-time Divas Champion Nikki Bella, expressed her disappointment at the match. Bella was asked initially whether she had a favourite moment from the show. The reality TV star took the opportunity to reveal her displeasure at Bianca Belair losing her championship so quickly.
“I can tell you what wasn’t my favourite moment. It was when she [Points at Bianca Belair] lost. That was definitely not my favourite moment. I don’t know if I actually had a favourite moment. You know I’ve always backed the women, and I’m always for the women, and you have someone like Bianca who is an incredible talent, and you can’t help but get frustrated, when you see moments like that. A Championship that meant so much and was lost within seconds. So I have to admit that for this SummerSlam there truly wasn’t anything that was my favourite.”
For months Lynch had teased, and for weeks fans have sung her name in the hope of getting a glimpse of their hero, but finally the wait is over.
With it being announced that Sasha Banks wouldn’t be competing, Carmella made her way to the ring to face Belair. However, the match was over before it began with the arrival of Lynch.
The Man dealt with Carmella outside of the ring before stepping to the champion. Grabbing a microphone, Lynch asked the crowd if they wanted to see the pair wrestle for the SmackDown Women’s Title. Belair accepted but quickly regretted her decision.
Lynch landed the first punch and hit a version of a Rock Bottom called the Man Handle Slam to win the title in a matter of seconds.
Speaking after the match Belair admitted that she felt “defeated,” while speculation continues to run over the WWE status of Sasha Banks.
Following the event, a new report suggested that Banks “wasn’t cleared” to compete. Although details beyond that remain scarce.