Appearing on WWE’s The Bump, Bianca Belair has reflected on her ascent to the top of WWE’s women’s division.
Victory over Sasha Banks in the main event of night one of WrestleMania 37 crowned an incredible rise through the ranks for the former track and field star.
Belair had earlier won the 2021 Royal Rumble in January, before going on to dethrone Banks in the historic main event.
Reflecting on her run in 2021 and her time on the main roster as a whole, Belair emphasised the role that experience has played in her improvement. The SmackDown Women’s Champion explained that her added ring time has meant she’s been able to compete with the best WWE has to offer.
“I think I’ve added experience to myself. When people talk about me or see me, they say, ‘Oh, she’s a rookie, and she didn’t have any experience.’ This year, I’ve gained more experience,” Bianca Belair reflected. “I’ve been in the ring with the best. You know, I pinned Bayley right before Royal Rumble. I can’t lie if I can’t say that didn’t give me more momentum and that it didn’t push me to become a better competitor. I’ve gotten in the ring with Sasha Banks on the highest level at WrestleMania in the main event.
“To get in the ring with these women, I know being an athlete my whole life, you have to compete with the best, and that’s what I’ve been doing all year long. Anytime I get the opportunity, I don’t run from it… I’ve added experience to the list. I’ve been getting in the ring with the best, and I’ve been beating the best.”
After expressing her excitement at the return of live crowds to WWE events, Belair heaped praise on Rhea Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez. The three women who now hold all of WWE’s singles women’s championships, represent a new wave of female star’s in the company, hot on the heels of the Four Horsewomen.
Belair described the amazing bond between the women that has grown through their time together on NXT.
“Those are my girls! Those have been my girls since NXT. We started around the same time. It’s amazing to see that we’re all sharing this amazing moment,” Belair said with a big smile. “The amazing thing that I love about our bond is that we push each other, and we all strive to accomplish our goals. We push each other without tearing each other down. We’ve done that the whole time since NXT.
“It’s really cool that we’re all champions now. We talked for about 20 minutes backstage about it – our journeys and how happy we are for each other. We joke about who’s going to lose it first. We said we’re kind of like the new generation of women that are coming through for women’s wrestling. We have to hold it down, so that’s our mission, and that’s our goal.”
Since her victory at WrestleMania, Belair has become wrapped up in a feud with former champion Bayley. The pair clashed at the recent Hell In A Cell pay-per-view, where Belair emerged victorious.
H/t to Wrestling Inc for the transcription.