Bianca Belair talks being the EST.
Though she didn't become the number one contender to the NXT Women's Title on Wednesday's NXT, Bianca Belair still believes she is destined for big things on the brand.
"I don't like to lose. I don't like that my undefeated streak was ended, but being an athlete my entire life comes wins and losses," Belair told Newsweek. "And the one thing that's important is your mindset. That's why I went with my mindset as undefeated, and no one can take that away from me.
"I didn't see it as much as a defeat. It's more of an obstacle, as cliche as that sounds, but I feel like I'm being groomed to be the absolute best. As long as I keep getting in the ring with other great competitors, learn their techniques, learn how they move and adapt, I feel like its grooming me to be the absolute best Bianca Belair I can be."
Along with her charisma, Belair stands out in the ring thanks to her signature ponytail, which doubles as a weapon. Belair revealed that WWE Performance Center trainer Sarah Amato was the one who came up with the idea for her to use her hair as a weapon.
"I was like 'What?' So I tried to hit her, and I didn't think much of it, but it started from there. I was in the ring with Ruby Riott, and I hit her and it made this loud noise. That was the first time that I realized that this can be a threat in the ring, and I can use it to my advantage."
Belair markets herself as the EST of NXT, signifying that she is the best at everything. In the interview, she revealed that being the EST wasn't always how she lived her life.
"I actually pulled it from my real childhood. As a child I was always naturally very athletic, naturally smart and did well in school and every sport that I did," Belair said. "And a lot of times, people would tell me that I was showing off or that I think I was better than everyone else. So when I was young I would make myself smaller so I wouldn't stand out. I would pretend I couldn't do five pull ups in gym class so people wouldn't think I was trying to be better than them. I pulled from that to turn it into Bianca Belair, someone who doesn't do that. I shine, I'm good, I have no problem telling you I'm better, faster, stronger than you, and it's up to you to deal with it."
You can find results from Wednesday's episode of NXT by checking out Fightful's full report on the show.