Two-time WWE Hall Of Famer Sean Waltman was no fan of Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair’s short SummerSlam bout saying it “sh*t on a huge portion of the fanbase.”
At SummerSlam Bianca Belair was set to defend her WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks in a rematch from WrestleMania 37. It was announced after Belair had made her entrance that Banks was unable to compete with Carmella being announced as her replacement.
Once Carmella made her way to the ring, the unmistakable strains of Becky Lynch’s music hit and The Man made her long-awaited comeback to WWE as the fans inside Allegiant Stadium raised the roof with their ovation. Lynch quickly dispatched Carmella and challenged Belair to a title match. The champion accepted before Lynch defeated her in twenty-seven seconds.
Speaking on his Pro Wrestling 4 Life podcast, Sean Waltman discussed the scenario and likened it to one he went through when he was facing Scott Hall on live events:
“I understand the predicament. There’s just an old way of thinking that took over here and I understand that, but it was the wrong thing to do. […] So there’s an old saying like, ‘If you’re going to have a replacement, the replacement needs to be of equal or greater value.’ Like for instance, I was in a really top match on all the house shows versus Razor after I turned heel. But then Scott, I think they said, “oh, he failed a drug test” that was like six months old, and all of a sudden Scott’s suspended. Right? Okay, so they didn’t announce that Scott wasn’t going to be at the shows, which is kind of like this situation.”
“When they announced that he wasn’t going to be there, the people booed. Because they wanted to see him. But then the bagpipes played and out comes Roddy [Piper] and the place went nuts. We beat the sh*t out of each other. Anyways, we had great matches. The people are happy, and here’s the key part though, we had a great match. Okay. You can’t do that. I mean, they did it, so obviously you can do it. But I just don’t think they realized what a bad – and I know there’s probably no great choice. But that’s not the one to make.”
Sean Waltman went onto discuss Belair and Lynch in more detail saying that Bianca Belair is in rarefied air as she’s well on her way to being a “megastar” in the wrestling business:
“Here’s the thing, Bianca is on her way to being a megastar. A lot of people are really emotionally invested in her. You can’t do that to people in this day and age. You used to be able to do it. That’s why I was saying that about the whole mentality, but everyone knows what’s going on. The fan base is incredibly educated. WWE, I’ve heard them compare themselves to Marvel. I get it, but you will never see Marvel – Marvel, when it comes to fan service, they’re amazing. This ain’t it. You can’t sh*t on a huge portion of your fanbase like that. I’m a huge Becky Lynch fan… But this did her no favours.
“It was just unbelievable. Bianca, she’s a thoroughbred. There’s just no way – it’s just totally unbelievable that she would get beat that quick by anybody on that f*cking roster.”
Bianca Belair will have the chance to regain the SmackDown Women’s Championship from Becky Lynch after she won a number one contender’s match on SmackDown that also involved Zelina Vega, Carmella, and Liv Morgan.