Bianca Belair had the match of her career at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, as she challenged Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Title. She was unsuccessful in securing the win. However, Sam Roberts wasn’t impressed with Belair. On the kickoff show panel, Roberts said that Belair isn’t TakeOver quality and doesn’t belong in a title match.
Bianca replied to his comments, telling him he can ”kiss my ass’‘, and Roberts also had some heat on him thanks to his comments.
Roberts talked about this situation On Not Sam Wrestling, where he was unapologetic over what he said. He also talked about the backstage heat he received.
“Look, WWE brings me to those, invites me to those kickoff show and they ask me to give my opinion on things. On Saturday night, I was not fed an opinion in my ear. I know that’s one of the theories. I have never been fed an opinion in my ear. They wouldn’t bring me in to give their opinion, I’m no good at that. I go on and they ask me to just be me and give my opinion.”
“I had a crisis of conscience at that moment. I felt like I was just going along with the show so I shared exactly how I felt at that moment. I know that Mark Henry has started a campaign saying that I owe Bianca Belair an apology. I certainly will not be apologizing to Bianca Belair because my opinion is my opinion.”
Roberts was unimpressed with Belair’s performance at TakeOver: Phoenix. He said that we will have to ask him in March if Bianca Belair belongs on a TakeOver special.
Sam also talked about some of the ”conversations” he had with some individuals after what he said. However, he won’t let the situation get the better of him or change his opinion.
“There were people after the show who had conversations with me about ‘the way’ I said what I said. The fact is that I said what I said so you know it kinda is what it is. It’s exactly as you saw it and that’s kind of it. Was everybody thrilled with it? No. That’s what I mean about having conversations but those are again maybe things I don’t want to get into at this moment. However, we’ll see how things go as we move forward.”