WWE Releases Backstage Footage of Bianca Belair Before her Hell in a Cell match Against Bayley

Published 06/28/2021, 12:01 PM EDT


At WWE Hell in a Cell 2021, Bianca Belair defended her SmackDown Women’s Championship against Bayley. Her win makes her the second women to defend her title inside Hell in a Cell, after Becky Lynch. However, what went through Belair’s mind before her titanic clash with the Role Model?

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How did Bianca Belair react to being put inside Hell in a Cell?

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Walking into Hell in a Cell for the first time is a daunting challenge. The structure has shortened careers and broken wrestler’s bodies at a shocking rate. But for Belair, the task was tougher since she faced Bayley, someone who already had experience inside Hell in a Cell.

But Belair not only prevailed but put on a wonderful showcase, proving that she can deliver on the big stage. On WWE’s Behind the Scenes special, Belair revealed the thoughts that went through her head before facing Bayley.

Everything just happened so fast, but that seems to be my story. From SmackDown to Royal Rumble, to WrestleMania, to the main event and then finding out I’m actually gonna be in Hell in a Cell on SmackDown. So, two days ago. Now, I’m here so I’m just trying to absorb it and soak it all in. And get ready, ’cause I’ve never been inside of a cell.

A lot of people ask me what’s next? What’s next? You’ve already been on the Grandest Stage of Them All, WrestleMania. The fact that I’ve done that, it only makes sense for me to be in Hell in a Cell and defend my title in these ways. Not just having a regular title match but putting me inside this cell.

Belair makes history at Hell in a Cell

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By entering Hell in a Cell, Bianca Belair becomes the first women to compete inside the hellacious structure who isn’t part of the Four Horsewomen. Sasha Banks has competed in the most cell matches with three, while Bayley and Charlotte Flair competed in two each. Becky Lynch has competed in one.

“I’m the first person to be in Hell in a Cell that’s not one of the Four Horsewomen. Pushing through is like that new generation of women’s wrestling and I just wanna show up and show out for that.”

Belair is part of a group that plans on taking the spotlight away from the Four Horsewomen, and includes Rhea Ripley, Raquel Gonzalez, Io Shirai and other NXT competitors. With the EST of WWE on their side, will they run roughshod on the women’s roster, or will they bow down to the Horsewomen?

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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