Many fans were stunned when Bianca Belair lost in seconds at SummerSlam, among those confused by that decision by WWE was Ric Flair.
Bianca Belair was scheduled to defend her SmackDown Women’s Championship at SummerSlam against Sasha Banks in a rematch of the main event from WrestleMania 37. However, before the match was due to begin it was announced that Banks was unable to compete and Carmella was introduced as her replacement. Cue Becky Lynch making her long-awaited return to a WWE ring. With the Allegiant Stadium crowds in raptures, Lynch took out Carmella before challenging Belair for her title. The champion accepted and in 27 seconds Lynch dispatched The EST Of WWE to become a four-time SmackDown Women’s Champion.
While fans were no doubt delighted to see the return of The Man, the quick victory over Bianca Belair who has been dominant since her rise to the main roster left many scratching their heads.
Among them was the sixteen-time champion of the world Ric Flair, as he explained to Renee Paquette on her Oral Sessions podcast:
“I didn’t like it. Sometimes, I don’t understand what they do with anybody, Ashley included. I didn’t like it at all. I thought Bianca worked so hard. She’s really a nice person. I like her husband, they seem really close. There are a lot of things that make her unique. I was hoping that someday, I think Bianca and Charlotte could be huge one day. Obviously, the two best athletes in the women’s division. That’s a whole different way of telling a story and building up to the event. Plus, the fact that they can do some stuff that no one else can.”
Bianca Belair will have the chance to take on Lynch to win her title back after she won a number one contender’s match that also included Zelina Vega, Carmella, and Liv Morgan.