Twitter lit up during the NXT TakeOver pre-show after Sam Roberts ranted about Bianca Belair on Saturday night … and the situation was addressed on his latest podcast.
In case you missed it, Roberts told the pre-show panelists Bianca was not worthy of a spot at a TakeOver event and not an elite athlete like past NXT Women’s Champions.
“WWE invites me to those kickoff shows and they ask me to give my opinion on things,” Sam explained on his show while discussing the moment.
“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 to give their opinion — I’m no good at that. I go on, they ask me to be me and give my opinion. I had a crisis of conscience. In that moment, I felt like I was just going along with the show, so I decided to say exactly how I felt in that moment.”
Adding, “I certainly will not be apologizing to Bianca Belair because my opinion is my opinion.”
As for whether backstage officials were unhappy with his comments, Roberts said: “There were people after the show who had conversations with me about the way I said what I said, but the fact is that I said what I said, so it kind of is what it is.”
“Was everybody thrilled with it? No. That’s what I mean about having conversations, but those are, again, maybe things that I don’t exactly want to get into at this moment. However, we’ll see how things go as we move forward.”
The full episode can be FOUND HERE.
Listen to the clip below. (h/t to WrestleYard for the transcription)