In a groundbreaking moment that will forever be etched in the annals of professional wrestling, Bianca Belair and Mercedes Sasha Banks, now known as Mercedes Mone, made history by headlining WrestleMania 37. This marked the first occasion that two Black women had ever squared off in the main event of WrestleMania, thereby solidifying their places in the sport's history.
Reflecting on the monumental match, Belair opened up during a candid conversation with Keke Palmer on her podcast. "That match holds an unparalleled significance for me. The emotional weight of that day was so immense that I couldn't help but break down in tears after the final bell," Belair shared.
"It's usually the last place you'd want to be seen crying, but I was overwhelmed. I was shaking, my face contorted with emotion, because I knew we had just done something incredibly impactful." Though this wasn't the first instance of a women's match serving as the WrestleMania finale, and Belair has since participated in numerous other high-profile bouts, none have carried the same weight.
The match was so impactful that it garnered an ESPY Award for "Best WWE Moment," further cementing its historical importance.
Bianca Belair Praises Diversity
Belair often referred to as the "EST Of WWE," also took the opportunity to praise the current state of women's wrestling in WWE.
"I couldn't have joined WWE at a better time. The roster is not only brimming with exceptional talent but is also incredibly diverse, making it more representative than ever," she said. She continued, "What's truly remarkable is that our roster is so inclusive that it resonates with a global audience.
Women from all walks of life, especially young Black girls, can look at WWE today and see someone they identify with, someone who shares their interests and dreams." By making history and continuing to break barriers, Bianca Belair and her contemporaries are not just stars in the wrestling world; they are catalysts for change, pushing the boundaries of what's possible in sports entertainment.