Bianca Belair and IYO SKY got a massive reaction at WWE Backlash 2023 as soon as their entrance music blared through the speakers at Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot. However, crowd reaction shifted dramatically in favor of the DAMAGE CTRL member as the match progressed.

Bianca Belair was booed by the crowd at WWE Backlash. A possible explanation for the polarizing reaction to the hero could be the incredible popularity of IYO SKY in Puerto Rico. Another reason could be that fans were tired of Belair’s long title reign and wanted to see a new winner at the Premium Live Event.

IYO SKY had the momentum in her corner for the better part of the match at WWE Backlash 2023. The DAMAGE CTRL superstar worked to destroy Bianca Belair’s insane core strength by constantly targeting her stomach with savage blows.

Bianca’s strength was quite evident at WWE Backlash as she effortlessly picked up her opponent. Then the hero raised IYO on her shoulders with one arm. It seemed like EST failed to slam her opponent in the stomach as IYO SKY reversed the move to land the champ on the face.

Later during the match, IYO hit a perfect moonsault from the top of the jacker to the outside. Bayley and Dakota Kai tried to interfere, but the referee caught them in the act. IYO missed a moonsault and was hit by a KOD from Bianca to end the match.

Bianca Belair transitions to SmackDown after WWE Backlash 2023

EST was drafted to RAW in a shock announcement by Triple H as part of the 2023 WWE Draft. The champion was the third overall pick in the draft which happened two weeks earlier on SmackDown. Bianca Montez Ford’s husband has also been cast for Brand Blue with Angelo Dawkins.

Bianca appeared in a pre-taped ad where she said she was excited to return to SmackDown. The EST reminded fans that SmackDown is where her journey to global glory began. The draft will go into effect after a backlash.

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It remains to be seen how Triple H will book Bianca’s tour after WWE Backlash 2023.

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