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Bianca Belair reveals Beth Phoenix as a dream opponent in WWE

Tonight at WrestleMania BackLash, Bianca Belair will defend the SmackDown Women’s Championship for the first time since her historic win at WrestleMania 37. The EST of WWE will go head-to-head with her old foe Bayley once more at tonight’s pay-per-view.

In a recent interview with TalkSPORT, Bianca Belair discussed who she would love to face in WWE, saying:

“Down the line, I’ve put out there I would love to eventually the other two horsewomen [Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch] so I can be the first woman of this new era of women coming through that has faced all Four Horsewomen.”

Bianca Belair also revealed her ultimate dream opponent in the company:

“But whenever I’m asked about dream matches, the person always at the top of my list is Beth Phoenix. She’s one of the first women I related to and got me into watching WWE.”

The two collided briefly at the Royal Rumble in 2020 where Phoenix ended up busting the back of her head on the ring post. The Hall of Famer showed why she is a legend and finished the match lasting to the final three.

Belair and Beth Phoenix shared a moment in the 2020 Royal Rumble

She heaped praise on the Hall of Famer:

“She was so captivating like her muscles, her beauty, her strength; she was picking up two girls at the same time and slamming them down! There’s so much inspiration in Beth Phoenix. When I picked up two girls at NXT TakeOver: New York, I just remembered Beth Phoenix picking up two girls. I would love to get in the ring with her,”

Bianca Belair also praised Bayley ahead of their match at WrestleMania BackLash

The EST and the Role Model have been long-time rivals on SmackDown

After WrestleMania 37, Bianca Belair and Bayley reignited their past feud. In the same interview, the SmackDown Women’s Champion credited Bayley for her great run in the build-up towards the Royal Rumble, and her confidence coming out of her big win:

“I’m very excited to get back in the ring with Bayley. I actually pinned Bayley right before the Royal Rumble, so I feel like she gave me my momentum that carried me through towards the Royal Rumble and then into the feud with Sasha. That pin over Bayley gave me the confidence to pick Sasha Banks for WrestleMania. I had confidence to say ‘I want to face Sasha Banks who is the best!’ It carried me through to WrestleMania.”

As for her historical match at Mania, Belair says that Banks was smiling after her defeat because she knew that “no one really lost that night.”

Belair and Bayley will face off once again tonight at WrestleMania BackLash. Also on the card, Rhea Ripley will defend the RAW Women’s Championship against Asuka and Charlotte Flair.

Who do you think will be leaving WrestleMania BackLash as SmackDown Women’s Champion? And who would you love to see Bianca Belair face in WWE? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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