Bianca Belair is undoubtedly one of the most naturally gifted athletes to have stepped foot inside a WWE ring. Before making a name for herself on Friday Night Smackdown, she had a solid run in NXT, competing in several great matches.
However, her initial run on the main roster was not memorable whatsoever. Belair was called up from NXT to Monday Night RAW and was rarely used. It wasn’t until she made her way to Smackdown that fans finally got to see what Belair was truly capable of.
While speaking to WWE After the Bell, Bianca Belair talked about being frustrated at not being used at all on Monday Night RAW. Belair stated that she never lost hope and knew her time would come.
“For me, I would say always try to figure out what your why is,” Belair said. “For me, a lot of it is being a role model, representation, look at the bigger picture. When I was in NXT, I was going after the NXT Women’s Championship and it never happened, I would constantly check in on my perspective. I was there during the Shayna [Baszler] reign, and that was Shayna’s time but to me at the same time, I was a part of it. I was a part of pushing it forward and pushing it to the next storyline.
“Even when I got to RAW and I was backstage, I wasn’t doing much, I would have people come up to me and say ‘It’s okay, aren’t you upset, aren’t you frustrated?’, and I was just like ‘Look, what’s for me will be for me and I would rather them put me out there when they have something for me than for them to just kind of shuffle me.’ My perspective was more of, it will all come together and I’m a firm believer in being able to clap for people even when it’s not your turn because when it’s your turn, you’re going to want people to clap for you. It’s just focusing on the things you can control like you’re going to drive yourself crazy focusing on some things you just cannot control.”
Bianca Belair is set to challenge Sasha Banks for the Smackdown Women’s Title in the historic main event of Night One of WrestleMania 37. We will have to see if Belair will be able to win the match.
h/t to Wrestling Inc for the quotes.