Back at NXT TakeOver: Phoenix, Sam Roberts was part of the pre-show panel in which his comments on Bianca Belair caused quite a stir. The EST Of NXT was set to challenge NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler later in the evening, but Roberts said Belair wasn't ready for that kind of spotlight and the match wasn't "TakeOver worthy."
He said: "It's not TakeOver worthy. Like Bianca Belair, she's a good athlete but look at the list of Women's Champions. You've got Shayna Baszler, you have Charlotte, you have Sasha Banks, you have Asuka, you've got Kairi Sane. This is a list of the elite women in wrestling and Bianca Belair is nowhere close to that list."
Roberts' comments seemingly led to repercussions backstage as the podcast host revealed during a recent appearance on Straight To Hell that whenever he sees Belair's husband Montez Ford in the corridor, the Raw Tag Team Champion stares him down.
Roberts said: "Well Montez Ford, every single time he sees me in a hallway, just stares me down. Just staring holes through my body and I try to just keep walking."