Bianca Belair's appearance and performance at this year's Royal Rumble felt like validation to her.
Coming in at No. 2 in the Women's Royal Rumble match, Belair not only was the Iron Woman in the match, lasting a little more than 33 minutes, but also finished tied for first for most eliminations in a single Women's Royal Rumble match. Coupled that with getting to perform in front of tens of thousands of people at Houston's Minute Maid Park and Belair's time in WWE and NXT now feels truly validated.
"I feel like I've been down here putting on good matches, and I feel like I've been proving myself time after time with different takeovers and for me, Royal Rumble was validation to what I've been doing. I've been down here killing it, and I want to show everybody else that. I want everybody else to know who Bianca Belair is," Belair told Knox News.
Belair has already established herself as a top star in NXT, but even she admits that sometimes, she does feel a bit nervous before shows. Performing in the ring is no problem for her, but it's the build up to the show that has her nervous.
"The hard part is the part people don't see, and that's the build up. That's when we get to the arena early in the morning, and it's five to six hours before the show's starting and we're walking into the arena. We see the ring set up, and we see all the empty seats and we're soaking everything in, and it's the build up. You're anxious. You're nervous. The day is dragging on, and that's the hard part. It's like the calm before the storm," Belair said.
Belair is set to challenge Rhea Ripley for the NXT Championship at NXT TakeOver: Portland on February 16. Fightful will have live coverage.