Bianca Belair cemented herself as one of many prime stars in WWE with a career-defining efficiency at WrestleMania 37.
Her match with Sasha Banks for the SmackDown Ladies’s Championship headlined the primary evening of WrestleMania and it went down as an prompt traditional.
Belair would come out on prime and start her first championship reign in WWE because of this. The EST of WWE has appeared completely at house as a champion and her very apparent potential has been realised.
talkSPORT had the possibility to talk to Belair forward of her title defence in opposition to Bayley at WrestleMania Backlash on Sunday and the 32 12 months outdated spoke of the significance of her match with Banks taking part in its half.
“For me, me going into that match, I knew it was my time to showcase myself, however that is additionally Sasha Banks’ legacy,” Belair mentioned.
“She’s carried out a lot as much as this second and I simply wish to contribute to this legacy and depart stamp on this legacy as properly. That is the start of my legacy. However that second is a lot greater than the each of us.”
Belair and Banks weren’t solely the first-ever girls’s singles match to headline a WrestleMania, but it surely was the primary to characteristic two black girls, too.
Even with the historic nature of the match, the women knocked it out of the park. Banks, portraying a villain in character, was captured by followers at ringside smiling when she noticed Belair celebrating.
“I believe she was in a position to smile and be joyful on the finish of the match as a result of on the finish of the day, I walked out SmackDown Ladies’s champion, however nobody misplaced that evening.
“That evening was a lot greater than me, greater than Sasha – it was even greater than turning into champion as a result of we have been the principle occasion. We made historical past. So nobody actually misplaced that evening if you actually give it some thought and I believe that’s why she was actually in a position to simply be joyful, be fulfilled and completed an enormous purpose by essential eventing WrestleMania.
“But additionally, she did it by making historical past. You couldn’t ask for a greater second and a greater stamp in your legacy than that second that we shared within the ring.
“We have been each simply joyful about being the 2 girls that have been within the ring to essential occasion and make historical past as a result of it might have been anyone, so we have been simply blessed that it was us and we confirmed up and we confirmed up! For girls, for black girls, for girls of color and anybody that sees inspiration in us. We have been simply tremendous joyful about that.”
Transferring ahead, Bayley is her first challenger. Beginning with the longest reigning SmackDown Ladies’s Champion ever is a hell of a begin and Belair desires to take that mantle from Bayley.
“I’m very excited to get again within the ring with Bayley. I truly pinned Bayley proper earlier than the Royal Rumble, so I really feel like she gave me my momentum that carried me by way of in the direction of the Royal Rumble after which into the feud with Sasha.
“That pin over Bayley gave me the arrogance to choose Sasha Banks for WrestleMania. I had confidence to say ‘I wish to face Sasha Banks who’s the perfect!’ It carried me by way of to WrestleMania.
“So to come back full circle and are available again to Bayley I believe is an incredible first defence. We now have historical past and she or he was the longest reigning SmackDown Ladies’s champion. So I’d love for it to be my first stepping stone to turning into the brand new longest reigning SmackDown Ladies’s champion, I wish to take that title from her.
“You realize, it’s the long-est… I’m the EST! I would like every part that ends in EST to belong to me! [laughs].”
Sooner or later, Belair after conquering Bayley, Belair would love one other dance with Banks earlier than concentrating on their fellow 4 Horsewomen Becky Lynch and Charlotte Aptitude.
And if there’s a dream match down the highway, Beth Phoenix is on the prime of her checklist.
“Like I mentioned with WrestleMania, nobody actually misplaced that evening. So I’d like to get again round to Sasha the place it’s nearly me, Sasha and the title. Actually see who’s going to come back out on prime since nobody actually misplaced at WrestleMania.
“And down the road, I’ve put on the market I’d like to ultimately the opposite two horsewomen [Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch] so I will be the primary girl of this new period of ladies coming by way of that has confronted all 4 Horsewomen.
“However at any time when I’m requested about dream matches, the individual at all times on the prime of my checklist is Beth Phoenix. She’s one of many first girls I associated to and received me into watching WWE.
“She was so fascinating like her muscle mass, her magnificence, her energy; she was selecting up two women on the identical time and slamming them down! There’s a lot inspiration in Beth Phoenix.
“Once I picked up two women at NXT TakeOver: New York, I simply remembered Beth Phoenix selecting up two women. I’d like to get within the ring along with her,” Belair mentioned.
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