As one of WrestleMania 37’s main eventers gets ready to step on stage as SmackDown Women’s champion for the first time tonight (April 16), Bianca Belair is making the press rounds.
That included a chat with Sports Illustrated. Belair spoke to Justin Barrasso about her experience last Saturday, the wrestler who helped her make magic at Raymond James Stadium:
“It all hit me again right then. I’m in the ring with Sasha Banks, in the main event of WrestleMania, making history. My family was there, fans were there for the first time in over a year, and it all sunk in. I became overwhelmed with the significance of the moment.
“That was my favorite part, soaking up that moment. I was happy, I was nervous, I felt blessed to be there. I wanted to stay in that moment forever.
“But I was also in the ring with Sasha Banks. When you’re in the ring with Sasha Banks, there is no chance to sit back. You need to be at your best, so I knew it was time to go.
“It takes two people to make this special, and I’m so honored to be able to stand across from Sasha Banks and be the one to end her title run. Inside the ring, outside the ring, Sasha is the standard, the blueprint. I needed to prove myself against her.
“She elevates every person she comes in contact with, and that’s what she did for me. For what Sasha did for me, I’ll be forever grateful to her.”
Bianca also spoke on what’s next. It includes two big matches:
“I’m representing the whole company, the whole women’s locker room. I look at the way Sasha did it. She modeled the way. I need to represent. This is my moment, and I want to inspire people and make an impact. That’s really what this is about, and I’m honored to be in this position to make a difference around the globe.
“I had a feud with Bayley right before the Royal Rumble and I pinned Bayley, and now I beat Sasha. Now I want to go after the other two [in the] Four Horsewomen. I want to be the one to beat all of them, and prove I am the EST of WWE. I want to represent the new generation of WWE and show that we’re coming.”
During the run-up to Rhea Ripley’s NXT title defense against Charlotte Flair, The EST had a quick feud with The Queen. It gave us an iconic moment...
... but Belair couldn’t beat Flair and claim a spot in that WrestleMania 36 match.
The new champ hasn’t worked with inaugural SmackDown Women’s champion, but we keep hearing a Becky Lynch return could be right around the corner.
You ready to see The EST take out a few more Horsewomen?