Bianca Belair wins Women's title at WWE WrestleMania 37

Bianca Belair defeated Sasha Banks in the main event of night one of WWE WrestleMania 37 to win the SmackDown Women’s Championship. 

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Belair pinned Banks after hitting her KOD finisher, securing the first title win of her professional wrestling career.

The match’s closing sequence saw Banks avoid one KOD and tug at Belair’s hair. Belair then hit Banks with a hair whip, which appeared to lacerate Banks. Belair then successfully hit the KOD to get the pin. 

Other highlights from the match included Belair rolling through on a Banks dive, then pressing Banks over her head as she climbed the ring steps, a standing shooting star press and 450 splash from Belair, plus a frog splash by Banks.  

Both Belair and Banks appeared to be emotional as the opening bell rang for the match, with Belair seemingly fighting back tears. It was noted on the broadcast that this was the first time two Black women had wrestled for a championship at WrestleMania.

Belair, 32, signed with WWE in May 2016. She had her first match on an NXT live event in September 2016. Belair was called up to WWE’s main roster in 2020, appearing with The Street Profits on night two of WrestleMania 36, airing on April 5, 2020. Belair won the 2021 Royal Rumble to earn the title shot at WrestleMania, last eliminating Rhea Ripley. 

Banks’s title reign ends after nearly six months. She defeated Bayley at Hell in a Cell on October 25, 2020 to win the Championship. Banks’s career resume now includes a WrestleMania main event to go with her five Raw Women’s Championship reigns, SmackDown Women’s Championship reign, NXT Women’s Championship reign, and two WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship reigns.