Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair made history at WrestleMania 37, becoming the first Black women to main event WrestleMania in a match for the WWE Women's Championship.
Leading up to WrestleMania 37, which was a two-night event, many wondered if Banks vs. Belair or the WWE Championship match between Bobby Lashley and Drew McIntyre would headline night one. On April 9, one day before night one of WrestleMania 37, WWE announced Banks vs. Belair would indeed close the show.
Speaking on Just Women's Sports podcast, Banks revealed when she found out she was headlining the show and her reaction.
"The whole month was such an anxiety thing. We had no idea who was going to main event WrestleMania. The year before, I was telling my best friend Bayley, 'I'm going to main event WrestleMania 37.' It was always my dream to main event WrestleMania and I was just putting it out there to the universe and striving and working towards it. The month before WrestleMania, I really thought, I heard rumblings it was going to be the guys and I was like, 'What can I do?' All I can do is be me and keep on doing my work and show Vince that 'if I'm not the main event, I don't know what main event you're going to have.' Legit, the Wednesday before WrestleMania, I found out we were the main event. I was so nervous and was asking, 'Did you check the card, did anyone tell you?' 'You're not the main event.' 'No one told me that.' I was going to go to rehearsals and if I found out, all I could do is maybe ask Vince. I went to rehearsals and TJ Wilson told me that I was the main event and I instantly started crying. It was so overwhelming and it was crazy. It's the biggest thing you can do in wrestling and my heroes haven't gotten to do what I've done. Not only that, just being a woman and an African-American woman, we're checking off so many things. The biggest thing I got to check off was fully accomplishing everything I had written down as a kid. I'm on vacation right now, still soaking that in," she said.
Though Belair was victorious in the bout, Banks was able to enjoy the moment for herself after the bout when she was caught on camera smiling while Belair celebrated in the ring.
Banks appeared on the WWE SmackDown following WrestleMania 37, but hasn't been on television since. It is unknown when she will return to TV.
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