At WrestleMania 37, 2021 Women’s Royal Rumble winner Bianca Belair will face Sasha Banks for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Belair, who lasted over 56 minutes to win the Rumble after entering the match at number three, made her decision to face Banks on the February 22nd episode of SmackDown.
In choosing to face Banks, it ensured that two African-American women will headline WrestleMania for the first time in the event’s history.
Speaking to Sam Roberts on NotSam Wrestling, looked ahead to her match against “The Boss” saying it gives her goose bumps, before adding her intention to make history.
“It gives me goosebumps when I think about it,”
“It’s an amazing feeling and I’m blessed to be the person in this position to make the choice to pick Sasha Banks to make this moment and go down in history. I always go back to the role models I had when I grew up and the moments they had that influenced me. I became a track athlete because of [Florence Griffith Joyner] and Gail Devers. I became a gymnast because of Dominique Dawes. Me running track and being an athlete is what led me here to WWE. This is what my life is because of those women. To think that what we’re going to do at WrestleMania is going to be representation and is going to influence people positively in their life, I feel like I’m able to give back to others and do the same for others what my role models did for me. It’s going to be an amazing moment and something that will go down in the history books. I’m blessed to be a part of it and blessed to be a part of it with someone like Sasha Banks. That’s the amazing part to me and the part that is unbelievable to me. I’m ready to be in that moment and in the ring, standing across from her and look at her and feel that moment.”
Following making her decision, Belair appeared on Talking Smack where she reflected on her match being the first time that two African-American women will have headlined WrestleMania. The EST of WWE went on to say that WrestleMania will be a “magical, magical night.”
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.