“Representation itsn’t a request, it is a requirement.” Bianca Belair is more than just our EST of WWE. She embodies what representation presents to the wrestling community. During an interview with TV Insider, Belair spoke about the world of professional wrestling being in a better place right now thanks to more representation, WWE’s Tribute to the Troops, and more.
While fans put together their best costumes of the former Smackdown Women’s Champion for Halloween, Belair shared how she wanted to be represented unapologetically.
“It is an amazing time for WWE right now for women and people of color. I started with WWE in 2016. My husband and I would have conversations about representing,” said Belair. “My main goal of how I wanted to be represented was to be unapologetically me and let people who look like me know that there are people in WWE that look like them. For Halloween, it was not just little girls. It was also grown, women. I even see little boys look up to me and are inspired by me. That is what this is all about. It is an amazing moment for representation. I will always go back to when I was a little girl. I think about how my role models have impacted me and showed me the possibilities in life. I want to do the same for others.”
Belair participated in WWE’s Tribute to the Troops for the second year in a row this past Sunday, where she faced Liv Morgan. “This is my second year — the first year being part of it in front of fans. I am grateful to be part of a company that has a real commitment to the military. Also, my husband, Montez Ford, one-half of the Street Profits, is a veteran; he is a Marine. To be part of Tribute to the Troops and feeling like I am doing it as an ode to him was an amazing feeling. To be out there against Liv Morgan — it is going to be a great, competitive match.”
The Knoxville native shared how she has been adjusting to the atmosphere of Monday Night Raw. “We just had an incredible five-way for the opportunity to face Becky Lynch, who is the Raw women’s champion. I would have loved to have won, but I am super excited for Liv Morgan. She has put in the time and work and is someone you want to cheer for. It is her time right now. There are so many talented women in our locker room. I am heading into a feud with Doudrop, which will feel fresh. I want to be known as a great performer, a great competitor, and know when you turn on the TV screen and see Bianca Belair that you know it is going to be good.”
You can always catch the EST of WWE leading the Raw Women’s Survivor Series team to victory this Sunday.