Bianca Belair’s title run as the SmackDown Women’s Champion is still in its infancy, but it’s off to an encouraging start. She is establishing herself as the top of the division on a show with Bayley, who is on a short list of the best heels in the entire industry. And as WWE continues to announce tour stops for their return to the road, it’s impossible not to think about what would be a monumental match in front of a live crowd: a rematch that will pit Belair against Sasha Banks.
After his iconic match in WrestleMania 37-first Wrestlemania One-on-one fight with two black women – The idea of a sequel has certainly crossed Belair’s mind. And she’s eager to do more magic with Banks.
“That night in WrestlemaniaOur match was much more than winning the title, ”says Belair. “We made history. And I’m completely looking forward to a rematch. “
After a year of empty stadium shows, both at the WWE Performance Center and the ThunderDome, the atmosphere was incredibly dynamic in front of a crowd at Wrestlemania. Belair and Banks worked the main event on the opening night of the two-day event, creating a match full of intensity and brimming with passion.
“That moment was bigger than us,” says Belair. “Even though I won the title, nobody lost that night. That’s why there are videos of Sasha smiling at the end. I was very satisfied with what came out of that game. Now, when he comes back and the title is on the line, we’ll see who retires as champion. “
Belair celebrated his birthday the day before that game. Turning 32 was especially sweet because her family was there, having come to Florida to watch her game. And, of course, the specter of a main event in Wrestlemania peeked out. Yet even with a great deal of excitement filling the heavy Florida air, she made sure not to stray too far from her rituals and routines.
“The night before a game is always a strange night,” says Belair. “I want to get a good night’s sleep, but I’m also anxious. When I get nervous, I think of my dad, who always told me, ‘When you’re nervous, it means you worry.’ So I hug it. That reminds me that I’m ready. And I usually team up the night before. That keeps my mind busy, ready and calm, especially with my husband by my side. “
Another signature element of Belair’s routine the night before his pay-per-view games is ordering pizza.
“People cheat after their games, but I had pizza the night before,” says Belair, adding that the topping is usually pepperoni or sometimes pineapple. “That always helps me relax. Prior to Royal rumbleI had a pizza and stayed up all night working on my computer.
“Since the night before Wrestlemania It was my birthday, it was the best birthday of my life. I don’t know how I’ll get over it. I saw my whole family at the hotel and my mom brought pizza. My team took forever to WrestlemaniaSo I was working on it all night, had some pizza and opened some gifts. “
A day later, Belair and Banks created an in-ring artwork with no expiration date, delivering a combination that left a permanent mark on the industry. Now, in the early days of his reign of the title, Belair seeks to add even more meaning to his reign of the title. With live events taking place again soon, she is eager to share her WWE title with the world.
“We are all part of this,” says Belair. “It’s more than just me, and this is my chance to share it. I have found myself very vulnerable in some of my moments, but that is because I am opening up to invite people to come on this journey. When I hold the title in the air, I want everyone to know that this is yours too. “
With WWE back on the road, Belair says people shouldn’t be alarmed if they see her traveling with an exceptionally large suitcase. Her luggage includes her own sewing machine, which was a Christmas gift four years ago from her husband, fellow WWE wrestler Montez Ford.
“I carry that big sewing machine with me everywhere,” says Belair. “I love sewing in the hotel room. I even sew in the locker room sometimes. And now that we are finally back on the road with live shows, it is the first time that I will also be traveling with the title. I can’t wait to show it and I can finally show it on the road. “
Belair’s passion and excitement are always visible in her work, and she is determined to bring that same joy to those who watch her in the ring.
“I’m here to motivate people and touch them in a positive way,” says Belair. “You don’t know how long you’ve been here, but people never forget how you feel. I want my time in WWE to be remembered for how I make people feel. That’s what matters most to me. “
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.