WrestleMania 37 was a big night for WWE, because they brought back live fans. The main even of night one was also a huge deal for women’s wrestling. It marked the first time a women’s singles match main evented the show of shows. That was a big deal, but Banks was uncertain about her spot on the card until late in the game.
There were rumors that WWE was going to place Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks as the final match on the card. Nothing was confirmed until that night, but Banks and Belair did have a couple of days to prepare.
While speaking to the Just Women’s Sports podcast, Sasha Banks revealed that she wasn’t told that the SmackDown Women’s Title match would main event WrestleMania 37’s first night until a couple of days prior to the show.
“It was, that whole month was such an exciting thing for me. We had no idea who was going to main event WrestleMania. The year before I was telling my best friend, Bayley, like ‘I’m going to main event WrestleMania 37.’ It was always my dream to main event a WrestleMania. So I was just putting it out there in the universe and really just striving and working towards it. So the month before WrestleMania, I really thought, I heard rumblings that it was going to be the guys. And I was like ‘okay, what can I do? What can I do? What can I do? All I can do is be me and just keep doing my work as best I can and show Vince that if I’m not the main event, I don’t know what main event you’re going to have.’”
“It was legit the Wednesday before WrestleMania I found out that we were the main event. And I was again so nervous because I was asking around ‘did you get the card? Did anyone tell you?’ And they’re like ‘you’re not the main event.’ And I’m like ‘nobody told me that!’ I’m like ‘okay, I still have time because Vince hasn’t said anything. I’m going to go to rehearsals and if I find out, all I can do is maybe ask Vince and that’s all I can do.’ I went to rehearsals and TJ Wilson, who’s our producer, he told me that I was the main event. And I just instantly started crying and was just like ‘wow. No way!’ Like I knew it, it’s something that I wanted. Just to finally to hear the words that ‘you’re the main event.’ It was so overwhelming, it’s bringing back tears. It’s crazy, it’s crazy, because it’s the biggest thing you can ever do in wrestling. My heroes haven’t gotten to do what I’ve done. So not only that, and just being a woman and being an African American woman. We’re checking off so many things. But the biggest thing that I got to check off was my biggest dream in my heart. Fully accomplishing that last checkmark on my list of everything I had written down since I was a kid. That was just last month and I am on vacation right now still soaking that in. I’m just ready for what’s next.”
WrestleMania is the busiest time of the year in WWE and a lot of things are going on. The company is not only forced to nail down a lineup for their biggest show of the year, but they also need to take those special moments into consideration as well. Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair certainly had a special moment inside Raymond James Stadium this year.
Banks has not returned to challenge Bianca Belair once again. Bayley is challenging the EST of WWE for her title at Hell in a Cell. Odds are Banks will make a return to that spot and she will have a blast drawing heat in the process.
Thanks to Wrestling Inc for the quote