SummerSlam is going to be the event of the year, says WWE star Bianca Belair | WWE News
In January, Belair won the Royal Rumble match by eliminating Rhea Ripley. With this win, Belair became the first-ever black woman to achieve this feat in WWE history.
With SummerSlam around the corner, TimesofIndia.com caught up with the Knoxville-born Belair to talk about the upcoming marquee event, her WWE journey, desire to come to India, racial discrimination, and much more.
SummerSlam is around the corner now. How excited are you?
I'm just excited right now. Excited to be Smackdown Women's Champion and representing Smackdown women's locker room. Everything's been good. As a champion, the last couple of weeks, with Sasha Banks returning, was amazing. I was excited about her return as well. Now we're on the road to SummerSlam. At this point, everything is behind us, we are two competitors in the ring now, fighting for the same goal, which is the SmackDown Women's Championship. So, it's about to go down in the ring at SummerSlam.
Can you tell us a little bit more about your WWE journey?
My journey to WWE is a little unique from some people. I didn't really watch wrestling growing up. I watched with my brother a little bit, but I was a hurdler track athlete, gymnast, crossfitter, and powerlifter. After college, I got into crossfit. I was a collegiate hurdler and my friend saw me on a video. I was doing cartwheels and lifting weights. I was wearing arbitrary wrestling gear. And I was like grabbing the microphone and talking to the crowd. So, he was like, you should try being a WWE superstar and get your tryout. So, he took me to tryouts. I'm going on my sixth year now. I started in 2016. So, it's been a fun, wild journey. And, now I feel like I'm at the top of my journey a little bit, but I feel like I can go even further. So, I'm just excited for the future.
What's been the best moment of your career so far?
Definitely WrestleMania (laughs). That's the top one. WrestleMania with Sasha Banks and making history were amazing. I think we're going to give that a run for its money at SummerSlam.
SummerSlam is going to be huge. SummerSlam is going to be the event of the year. People are coming from all over the United States to watch. They're using SummerSlam as their vacation. I'm just excited because it's going to be at full capacity and inside an NFL Stadium in Las Vegas. It is going to be a lot of fun. I feel like there are going to be a lot of surprises. And who knows, I'm just as excited as the fans because we find out stuff, most of the time at the same time as you guys. So, I'm just excited to see what's going to happen.
What is Bianca Belair like outside the WWE ring?
I make all of my wrestling gear but I also like to make my dress for the SBS. It was like a formal gown. I like to read a lot. I work out a lot. My husband and I like to travel. We like to go to theme parks. I love binge-watching TV in bed. I like to just make things. I like working around the house. I made a wall in my house. I love decorating. Anything that I can do to stimulate my mind and my creativity is what I love to do.
Have you ever been to India?
No, I haven't. I have never been to India and I hope I get to come one day. The fans there are amazing and support us so much. You guys are always watching all the pay per views, all the shows. I want to come and actually meet the fans one day.
Ahead of SummerSlam, do you have any message for your Indian fans?
To every fan across the board, and especially the fans in India, I just want to say thank you so much for all the love and all the support. You guys really have been sticking with us even through this crazy wild year or even before that. So, thank you for supporting us. You guys put a smile on our faces. And we're doing this for you. And I cannot wait to come to India and meet you guys, and be there and bring the SmackDown Women's Championship and hold it up in the air and celebrate with you guys. You guys can watch it on Sony Sports Network.
You and Sasha Banks became the first black women to headline WrestleMania 37. Can you tell us something about that experience?
It still hits me a little bit more every single day. The significance of the match is going down in history. I'm just blessed to be the woman that was in that position because there were so many women that came before us that laid all the foundation for this to happen. And we're the first but I will say we're not going to be the last. I'm excited about the future. People thought that the match was a classic. It doesn't matter that people like me come into WWE and start from the ground up. And we're going to be using our matches as inspiration for them. It's just an amazing feeling. And I'm just excited for the future. And I want to make more history.
As a person of colour, have you ever faced any racial abuse?
Not within WWE. In WWE, I am having an amazing time. They amplify our presence via our voice inside and outside the ring, which is so amazing and so important. And I feel WWE is like a model for what we should be doing. If you look at our locker room, we have so much diversity across all boards, all genders, races, religions, it doesn't matter. Anyone can look at WWE and find someone that they can relate to. It is so inclusive. And that's why I love being WWE SmackDown Women's Champion as well. This company means so much to me in that way.
August 20, 2021, 7:25 pm