Becky Lynch came within inches of recapturing the Raw Women’s Championship at last night’s Hell in a Cell premium live event. Lynch was outsmarted by Bianca Belair, who got an opportunistic pinfall on Asuka to retain the title. Now, it appears Belair and Lynch are on a collision course.
That match is likely to take place at SummerSlam. WWE is trying to save as many marquee matches as possible for the gigantic stadium event. That is also the reason the company didn’t want Becky in the Hell in a Cell women’s title match in the first place.
Dave Meltzer talked about how Sasha Banks and Naomi’s walkout affected plans on the latest Wrestling Observer Radio. The idea was for Naomi to take on Bianca in a singles match. The three-way with Becky and Asuka came from a need to fill that void, although WWE would have rather waited to put Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair in the ring together with the title on the line.
“Obviously, the idea was Bianca Belair and Naomi for this show and after that, it’s like always. You can’t get too mad when you have a plan and then something out of control, whether it’s an injury or somebody walks out, or whatever and your plan is taken out and then you’ve got to go with something else. Sometimes it’s not perfect. Usually it’s not perfect. And it’s just kind of like, you know, you had a plan, it didn’t work…
Same thing with UFC. Sometimes when a guy will get hurt in a championship match, they’ll say a contender gets hurt and they throw in another guy who’s really not the most viable contender, and people start going, ‘Oh, this is bogus,’ and everything. It’s like, you know, three works before the show, sometimes you’re not going to have the perfect championship match when the contender pulls off and it’s the same thing in wrestling. I mean, it’s like, the depth isn’t there, you don’t have fifty different choices.
In a lot of ways, in most ways, the reality is that from a star power standpoint, which is what you’re looking for on pay-per-view, this was a much better match than the original scheduled match. And it was also, most likely, a better match in the ring than Bianca Belair and Naomi would’ve been, so it was actually a plus. But, obviously, they did not want to put Becky in there at first.”
The finish to the match set up a singles feud between Bianca Belair and Becky Lynch perfectly. Given their history at SummerSlam, it makes sense that the match would happen there. Fans will have to wait and see as the story unfolds in the coming weeks.
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