Bianca Belair started her WWE career after her CrossFit career was ended due to a condition called shifting rib syndrome. Mark Henry saw her on the CrossFit circuit and said he would give her an audition for WWE, but she had to work hard. In 2016, she signed with WWE and made her debut on June 25th of that year. Her tv debut was a year later, in 2017, and that was my intro to the fabulous Bianca. She was a hell of an athlete, but the thing that stood out to me was her confidence and the fact that she was herself.
On January 24, 2018, Bianca started her undefeated streak in a match on NXT. She beat several women in NXT, such as Dakota Kai, Lacey Evans, and Candice LeRae. On January 26, 2019, the steak was ended at the NXT Takeover in Phoenix by Shayna Baszler. She was undefeated for 367 days
Bianca and her work with Bayley had been superb. Their feud started in December 2020. Bianca showcased her strength once again by carrying Otis on an obstacle course. She designs and makes her own gear, and her love for her husband Montez Ford checks all my boxes of things I love to see. She shines in every single thing that she does. She can wrestle, and she is entertaining. Her signature braid flip and when she claps her hands to get her points across always have me ready for whatever it is she’s about to do.
WWE Chronicle’s on Bianca was insightful and heartwarming. This made me appreciate her more than I already did as she talked about her college struggles while on the track and field team. Her coach pushed her so hard that she developed an eating disorder known as binge eating disorder. Bianca suffered from depression. So much so that she attempted suicide and had to be put in a psychiatric hospital after. With the help of her family, she was able to do CrossFit. This confirmed how strong she is and how hard it can be to be a gifted Black woman in the spotlight and worry about. One of the quotes that stood out to me was this one.
“I don’t have the privilege to just go out there and perform, and that’s all I have to worry about is just performing,” Belair says in the doc. “As a black female athlete, I understand my responsibility of representation. I’m representing my people. I’m representing my culture. I’m representing my community. I’m representing where I come from. And when I’m out there performing, I’m wondering, ‘Am I representing the right way,’” she continues. “Are people gonna say, ‘You’re not being black enough’ or ‘You’re not being a positive representation.’ It’s just constantly the pressure of trying to navigate the right way in all of these things that you have to think about while performing.”– Bianca Belair, WWE Chronicle January 24, 2021
As I, too, deal with anxiety and depression, hearing this touched my heart. There’s this stereotype that Black women always need to be strong, and many times our struggles are dismissed because of this assumption. Is Bianca strong? Hell yes, she is. But even the strongest of us have to get through many things and persevere.
Royal Rumble 2021
In the 2020 Royal Rumble, Bianca came in as Number 2. She eliminated 8 women setting a record. She lasted 33 minutes and 20 seconds, being eliminated by thee, Charlotte Flair.
At the 2021 Royal Rumble on January 31, Bianca came in as the 3rd woman in the Women’s Royal Rumble. Bianca once again showcased how phenomenal she was by not only having amazing spots throughout the rumble but having great chemistry with Naomi as they battled it out during the Royal Rumble. She had a spot with Naomi, where Naomi used her braid to get herself off the floor. Then both ladies used each other to keep from being eliminated. When it came down to the wire, Bianca, Rhea Ripley, and Charlotte Flair stood in the ring. A bit ago, Charlotte had come to NXT and did a segment with Rhea and Bianca. Bianca went to reference a line from the movie Mean Girls saying, “you don’t even go here during that segment.” Charlotte was eliminated, and the last two standing was Bianca and Rhea. Bianca would eliminate Rhea becoming the second African/Black American to win a Royal Rumble. The Rock was the first. Bianca was in the match for over 56 minutes, setting another record for the women’s royal rumble. Bianca also made history by becoming the first African/Black American woman to win a Royal Rumble. I screamed so hard for her as I knew it was her time.
Bianca has shown that she could be herself and make history without watering her personality down. Representation is everything, and I’m so glad Bianca got to shine and dominate with her Black Girl Magic. She is most certainly the prettiest, saddest and strongest. I am here for it all. I can’t wait to see what is next for this Queen, the EST in WWE.