The EST of WWE

02/06/2021

Bianca Blair, better known as ring name, Bianca Belair, is the rising superstar in WWE. She won the 2021 Royal Rumble and is set to main event WrestleMania 37. The athletic prodigy from Knoxville, Tennessee is on the path for greatness.

Belair excelled in high school and college in track & field.  While attending the university of Tennessee, she raced in the following events:

  • 100m hurdles (13.57 seconds)
  • 400m hurdles (1:00.03 minutes)
  • 200 meters (indoor) (26.09 seconds)
  • 60m hurdle (indoor) (8.53 seconds)
  • 200 meters (26.80 seconds)

Belair was named All-SEC and All-American in 2011 and 2012.  She was also named 2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll, Recipient of 2011 Herb Neff Award, which goes to the best Lady Vol walk-on. Belair featured in RX Magazine, Femme Rouge magazine, and Crossfit.com.  

2012 Tennessee Team Photo
2012 Tennessee Team Photo

According to Sean Hurd, ESPN writer, Blair entered her information into the WWE prospects database.  She would later tryout with the help and guidance from WWE veteran and Hall of Fame, Mark Henry.  

On September 29, 2016, Belair made her debut in NXT. She lost to Aliyah.  On October 27, 2016, Blair won her first match over Danielle Kamela.  The year 2019 has been an uphill for Blair.  She feuded with Mia Yim, Rhea Ripley, Raquel Gonzales, and more.  Blair continued her success as she wrestled in the WWE Survivor Series 2019 where NXT defeated Raw and Smackdown Women 5--5-5 triple threat elimination match.  Her stardom grew in the 2020 Royal Rumble as the first women to set a record with eight eliminations.  Only Shayna Baszler tied the record in the same event.  On February 26, 2020, Belair would wrestle in NXT for the last time losing to Charlotte Flair.  

Belair's ranking as the top women wrestler in sports entertainment is climbing fast.  In 2018, she ranked 85 of 100.  In 2019, she ranked 36 of 100.  In 2020 and current rankings, she is ranked 23 of 100 women wrestlers.  Her current feud is with Bayley, who is ranked number 1.  Sasha Banks (ranked 5) may be her next opponent should she decide to compete for the Smackdown Women's Championship at WrestleMania 37.  

The EST of WWE is demonstrating that she is the best from the rest.  Although she has not won any world titles, Blair's future looks promising to be one of the best superstars in the business.  

References:

WWE Encyclopedia 2020

prowrestling.fandom.com

issuu.com Tennessee 2012 Track & Field