WWE Raw Womens Champion Bianca Belair has made an incredible impact since joining WWE.
Belair initially made her name as an elite college track and field athlete, becoming an All-American and All-SEC selection at the University of Tennessee in 2012. After approaching WWE in 2016, she was signed by the company after a succesful try-out and assigned to the Performance Center.
Making her NXT debut a year, later she would make her breakthrough with her participation in the inaugural Mae Young Classic before embarking on an unbeaten streak on the yellow brand that lasted 367 days. Belair also competed in the first ever women’s War Games match and made her first main roster appearance as a surprise entrant at Royal Rumble 2020, eliminating 8 competitors in a staggering debut.
After wrestling alongside The Street Profits at WrestleMania 36, Belair would be drafted to SmackDown and would last 56 minutes en-route to winning the 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble. The win would hand Belair a shot at the SmackDown Women’s Champion Sascha Banks at WrestleMania 37, a match which saw history made as two black women faced each other for the first time at WrestleMania.
Belair would drop the title to a returning Becky Lynch at SummerSlam and would eventually be moved to Raw, where she would win the Elimination Chamber and go on to defeat Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship at WrestleMania 38, a title she has held since in a record breaking run.
Bianca Belair Reveals Reason She Is Jealous Of Rhea Ripley
With all those achievements under her belt in such a short time it may be surprising to learn that Belair has declared that she is jealous of current SmackDown Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley.
During an interview ahead of WrestleMania 39 with Ring The Belle, Belair revealed that she was jealous of Ripley’s recent feud with WWE Hall Of Famer Beth Phoenix:
“I wanted to hang out with Beth Phoenix. I mean, Rhea’s have a great year. She’s done a lot of amazing, great things. I’m just like, ‘I wanted that.’ Beth is amazing. She’s great. Whenever I came into WWE, my answer [for which legend I would want to face in a dream match was always] Beth Phoenix.
So I’m excited for Rhea. She’s doing amazing things, and I’m excited for her WrestleMania match, but I was a little jealous when she got to wrestle Beth Phoenix.”
With thanks to Fightful for the above transcription