WWE’s Bianca Belair talks Elimination Chamber
February 16, 2022
WWE Superstar Bianca Belair has revealed her thoughts and predictions ahead of this weekend’s Elimination Chamber.
The WWE premium event will be streamed live on the WWE Network from Jeddah, Saudi Arabia on February 19th at 5pm GMT. The event will make history, featuring more women’s matches than ever before at a WWE show in Saudi Arabia with at least 12 female WWE Superstars.
How are you feeling in the run up to the Elimination Chamber?
I’m feeling very confident heading into the Elimination Chamber, I feel like I’ve built up a lot of momentum with a couple of wins on Raw against Zelina Vega, Carmella and Nikki A.S.H.
It’s going to be tough going up against Rhea Ripley, Nikki A.S.H., Doudrop and Liv Morgan though. Liv has the most experience going into the Elimination Chamber, but nobody wants this more than me.
What are you most looking forward to in the Elimination Chamber in Saudi Arabia?
I’m always excited to visit Saudi Arabia, my first time was for Crown Jewel! To be visiting now with all the new developments that are happening for women, being part of that and being able to look out into the audience and see women, men, boys and little girls, it’s really special.
It’ll be my first Elimination Chamber match too and I’m all about being a part of huge moments and continuing to make more history.
You’re the EST of WWE, what preparations are you doing to be the best?
I always try to be the best version of myself. My biggest competition is always myself. I’m always competing against myself, trying to do bigger and better and top myself each time, every single day.
I was studying my competition last year, but this year I’m focusing on myself. I want people to be studying ME. So, I’m just going to focus on myself, go out there and continue to be the absolute best version of me.
In the Elimination Chamber with you will be Liv, Rhea, Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. [and Alexa Bliss – confirmed after this interview] – how are you feeling about those match ups?
It’s going to be a tough match but I’m the toughest; It’s going to be a rough match but I’m the roughest; I’m the strongest, I’m the greatest, I’m the fastest, I’m the best, I’m the EST of WWE so it’s going to be tough for everyone else too.
Liv Morgan has the most experience out of all of us in that ring.
Rhea Ripley…she’s brutal! I faced her as the last two in the Royal Rumble 2 years ago, so I know what it’s like to go against her. To be inside the Elimination Chamber with her is going to be tough competition.
Doudrop and I have history. She’s an amazing competitor and just put Becky Lynch to the test.
Nikki A.S.H. is going through an identity crisis right now, I don’t know what’s gotten into her, but it means I don’t know what to expect from her.
To top it off, we don’t even know who this last person is going to be! But I can’t let it mess with me mentally. I like to prepare but you can’t prepare when you don’t know who it is!
From your POV, who would you prefer to fill that last slot?
There’s so many choices! Who knows. Maybe Bayley’s coming back? Where’s Asuka at? Then there’s Alexa Bliss. One of those three I think. Whoever it’s going to be, it’s going to be a surprise because they’re keeping it a secret. If it’s any of those three women, it’s going to make the Elimination Chamber match even tougher.
You obviously won at WrestleMania last year. How important is it for you to get that ticket back for a chance at the Title this year?
I know what it feels like to be at WrestleMania. I know what it feels like to have a Title match at WrestleMania. I know what it feels like to become champion at WrestleMania. I had a great year with so much momentum after becoming champion…and to have that taken away in 26 seconds at SummerSlam…it was tough. I tried to keep my perspective positive and keep my head up, but at the end of the day it was taken away from me, so it would mean the world to me to bring it full circle and be able to become champion again at WrestleMania.
Picture the scene. You’ve just won the Elimination Chamber. You’re pointing to the WrestleMania sign. How are you feeling at that moment?
Ah, so many emotions! The same emotions that I had when I won the Royal Rumble match and got to point to the WrestleMania sign. Everyone wants to point to that sign!
It’s even more important for me this year because I want to redeem myself. I have the longest history with Becky Lynch. No one wants this more than me, as I know what it feels like to have that Title and I know what it feels like to have it taken away. I want to get it back and be an inspiration for other people. I feel like a lot of people give up on their dreams very easily, more easily than they should. I want to be the example that bad things can happen to you, but you can push through, don’t give up!
Who would you prefer to go up against at WrestleMania 38, Becky Lynch or Lita?
I personally would love for it to be against Becky so I can redeem myself, but we’ll have to see what happens with Becky vs Lita.
It’ll be an amazing thing to see Lita in Saudi Arabia, as Lita has been a huge part of the evolution of women’s wrestling in WWE. For example, she was the one who dropped the Divas name, so it’s going to be so cool to see her and Becky have a Title match in Saudi Arabia.
But.. I can’t lie, I want Becky to win! Only because I want to be the person to take the Title off of her at WrestleMania.
Who do you think will win out of Becky Lynch and Lita?
It’s going to be a rough one. I love the story behind them, with Becky looking up to Lita when she was younger and now they’re meeting in the ring. It’s going to be rough for Becky, everyone knows Lita’s legacy so when you’re in the ring with a legend you’ve got to bring your A game and give more than 100%.
But it’s so unpredictable! It would be a cool moment to see Lita as champion again, reaping the benefits of all the work she’s sewn for the women’s division. I think she has a great chance, but I will be upset if I’m not the one that gets the chance to take the Title off of Becky!
The Elimination Chamber is a great showing time for the fans in the UK as it’s on at 5pm on a Saturday night. You’ve been in the UK a lot recently with the two UK tours at the end of last year and you’ve just visited for the Enter the Universe experience – what do you want to say to your fans in the UK watching you at the Elimination Chamber?
To all the UK fans that are going to be tuning into the Elimination Chamber in Saudi Arabia, cheer for me! I love you guys, I always love coming to the UK. I got to experience two shows in the UK at the end of last year and the crowds are always amazing. The UK fans are the ‘bEST’ so you guys just make sure you cheer for the ‘bEST’ too at the Elimination Chamber!