Bianca Belair Vs. Sasha Banks Is About Representation

Geno Mrosko

During Talking Smack this week, Bianca Belair was asked to explain her decision on her WrestleMania 37 opponent and she had this to say (transcription via Wrestling Inc):

“You know, choosing Asuka, you know, she is a great champion on Raw, but the choice just felt so right to pick Sasha Banks. She is ‘The Boss,’ ‘The Standard,’ and what other way to make WrestleMania even bigger. Me choosing Sasha Banks tonight and being the first two African-American women headlining WrestleMania, we just made WrestleMania bigger. It’s going to be a magical night.

“To be going to WrestleMania and facing Sasha Banks — standing in the ring with Sasha Banks — made making that decision so real for me. I don’t know if people could tell, but I was shaking because of how excited I was … The moment isn’t just about us. It’s about everybody and what it’s going to represent.”

It’s at least possible Belair vs. Banks ends up as the main event of the show, even if that’s for one of the two nights on April 10 or 11 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. That would be big not just for Belair and Banks personally, but, as she mentioned, what it would represent — the first time women would have headlined the show, and the first time two African-American women would have headlined the show.

That’s hugely important to show every young African-American girl watching that she, too, can get to this point someday. Your dreams are never out of reach, even in a company like WWE.

Let’s hope it happens.