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Bianca Belair Is Ready To Show Out And Stand Out As Nxt Moves To Usa



The premiere episode of NXT on USA will feature a slew of Takeover-level matches, including a huge Fatal Fourway to determine the number-one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship.

Mia Yim, Io Shirai, Candace LeRae and Bianca Belair will square off for the right to take on Shayna Baszler. While the competitors in the match are impressive, Belair is ready heading into NXT’s premiere on USA.

“I’m feeling pretty confident,” Belair tells Newsweek. “Right after the Takeover match between Shayna and Mia and how that went down I’m like ‘yeah, Mia and I have history’ but my goal is to get the NXT Women’s title, and that’s to get to Shayna. At this point Mia’s irrelevant to me. I called out Shayna and wanted Shayna. [The Fatal Fourway] isn’t exactly what I was asking for, but I’m going to show up, show out and go through whoever I have to on Wednesday night and show everyone who is watching USA that Bianca Belair is the best, and I’m going to beat Shayna.”

Bianca Belair using her braid to assist with the pin against Mia Yim on an episode of NXT.

Utilizing everything she’s learned and developed in her time at the Performance Center, Belair would go on to accomplish a lot in a relatively short amount of time on NXT television.

She competed in the first Mae Young Classic, competed at WrestleMania 34 as part of the Women’s Battle Royal, and would go on an impressive 367-day undefeated streak. Those feats would propel Bianca to her first NXT Women’s Championship match at Takeover: Phoenix in January, where she would ultimately lose her shot and streak to Shayna Baszler.

“I don’t like to lose. I don’t like that my undefeated streak was ended, but being an athlete my entire life comes wins and losses,” Belair said. “And the one thing that’s important is your mindset. That’s why I went with my mindset as undefeated, and no one can take that away from me.

“I didn’t see it as much as a defeat. It’s more of an obstacle, as cliche as that sounds, but I feel like I’m being groomed to be the absolute best. As long as I keep getting in the ring with other great competitors, learn their techniques, learn how they move and adapt, I feel like its grooming me to be the absolute best Bianca Belair I can be.”

NXT is stacked with top-level competitors, especially in its women’s division. It’s that depth that has allowed the brand to build compelling storylines for its athletes even when a title isn’t involved, like the women’s Fatal Fourway.

“We have all these women who are so talented that sometimes just having a title match isn’t enough. And we have so many women who can be in the title picture, and you have to showcase that,” Belair acknowledged. “And the fans prove that we can stand on our own as a brand, the fans demanded it, and we have performed. I think that’s why we can fulfill these opportunities, because we have so many women we can showcase.”

As NXT prepares for the next chapter of its history, Belair is looking to learn from her own and finish what she started back in Phoenix, and that starts on Wednesday.

“I have unfinished business. I’ve been chasing this title since the undefeated streak, and that’s the ultimate validation for Bianca Belair: to prove and show everyone I am the best and I’m the EST of NXT.”

NXT premieres on the USA Network Wednesday, September 18 at 8 p.m. EDT.



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