Bianca Belair’s win at the Royal Rumble is one of the biggest victories for women, women of color, and so much more.
There are defining moments in sports entertainment that are for the company and the superstar. “Stone Cold” Steve Austin’s “Austin 3:16” promo, the birth of The Rock as the most electrifying man in sports entertainment, and Daniel Bryan’s “Yes” movement. These are times in wrestling that redefine what it means to be in the business. Recently, there was Kofi-Mania. It was the first time there was a black WWE World Champion. Sure, Booker T and Mark Henry have been World Champions, but, for some reason, this isn’t looked at in the same light. It’s just over a month into the new year and another moment that will be looked at as illustrious. That moment is Bianca Belair winning the 2021 Royal Rumble to challenge for a women’s world title at WrestleMania.
Let’s look at all of the competitors in the 2021 WWE Royal Rumble. Charlotte Flair is a megastar performer and one of the best in the business. Rhea Ripley has been killing it on NXT and could have easily been the one to win the Rumble. And the only thing Bayley hasn’t won is the Royal Rumble event. This is a recipe for Bianca to lose. Nonetheless, she beat the odds. She was the last woman standing and is going to WrestleMania to compete for a women’s title. There have been other competitors that have beaten the odds. However, allow me to explain why this one is so important.
Why is Bianca Belair’s win important?
The first, and possibly the most important is representation. A lot of us (this writer included) assumed that Kofi’s momentum going into WrestleMania would be a one-off. No way there’d be two black superstars competing for titles in back to back years. Yet, here we are. Of course, there are some racial aspects to this. Racism has been an issue in sports entertainment since its conception. There’s another reason as well. There aren’t a lot of black wrestlers. Let alone, black women. Bianca Belair winning this shows black people that they can succeed. Especially black women.
There’s a new face to add to the list of powerful black women like Kia Stevens, Sasha Banks, and Naomi. This wasn’t the case in the 1990s. There Jazz, Jacqueline, and a few others. Now, on top of the names that were previously mentioned, you have a plethora in the independent circuit like Nicole Savoy, Big Swole, and Kaci Lennox. Belair winning the Rumble shows any black woman, young or not, that they can achieve their goals in wrestling. Even in a business that sometimes looks at them as objects instead of competitors.
Let’s also look at Bianca Belair’s rise to stardom. She’s only been on Raw for less than a year. In that short amount of time, she’s made headlines. On her first day, she helped save the Street Profits from being destroyed by Selina Vega’s tag team. After an excess of dominant matches, she had her first big feud with Bayley. One that ended with her on the winning end of an athletic exhibition and a clean victory in a match. Most competitors don’t get a push like this in a short amount of time. But, as Bianca Belair will tell you, she’s the the “EST”
Always smiling and appreciative
Her speedy rise to the top shows that the WWE creative team and higher-ups see something in her. A lot of people get title shots. Not everyone can win the Royal Rumble. There are people in the WWE Hall of Fame that haven’t come close to winning the Royal Rumble. Her push hasn’t just contributed to her being a superior athlete. She’s good on the mic, she has an amazing personality, and, here’s the best part, an incredibly positive attitude.
After she won the Royal Rumble, Bianca was all smiles. She said that she couldn’t wait to talk to her parents and celebrate with her husband (WWE Superstar Montez Ford). Sometimes this can come off as cliché, except it isn’t with Belair. She always has a smile on her face and will tell everyone that will listen how blessed she is. Not just to be in the WWE. But to have someone like Montez that supports her.
He’s her biggest fan and supporter. Despite not being on the Royal Rumble Pay Per View, Montez was there and couldn’t wait to congratulate his wife on her accomplishment. Things like this show fans what happiness looks like outside of the ring and that she’s appreciative of everything she has.
It doesn’t end here for Bianca Belair
Bianca Belair still has another hurdle to jump. Thankfully for Belair and her fans, jumping hurdles is something she does with ease. What we’re witnessing is something special. Should Bianca Belair win the title at WrestleMania, it’ll be one of the fastest rises to stardom in a long time. We’re talking on a Kurt Angle and Brock Lesnar level. Even if she loses, this won’t be her last title shot or WrestleMania. She’s going to compete and create moments for a long time. This is only the beginning of the EST-era.
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