The great story that comes out of Friday night SmackDown This week, Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch clashed backstage in the wake of a headline trading segment disaster. Lost in the mix of it all, Sasha Banks stepped out after Lynch took off and firmly established herself as the blue brand’s best babyface going forward.
Then, apparently shortly after the aforementioned backstage altercation, Banks was giving an interview for Talking Smack where she got emotional while talking about her match at Crown jewel to be one of the three best moments of his career:
“It didn’t quite go my way. I’d almost won if Becky hadn’t cheated and grabbed that rope, but being in Saudi Arabia, in Riyadh, was something so special. It must be in the best three times of my career. Go out there, and I can get emotional, go over there and see these fans, see these kids, point them at them and they finger me, I’ve never felt something so punchy and also amazing. Being in the ring with two amazing women that I respect so much, we’ve created so much magic and made history, and given so much hope to the thousands, millions of people watching at home. It is something that I will remember all my life, and I am very honored to be there.
The WWE / Saudi Arabia relationship is still bad (as my colleague Cain pointed out here), but that doesn’t mean that it’s not very significant that there are children and young girls in Riyadh who have the chance to watch wrestlers like Banks live the dream. Maybe one day they can.
It all seems so much bigger and more important than petty bickering over who looks bad in a dumb segment.