For the first time in WWE history, two women of color will main event the first night of WrestleMania 37.
WWE has always had a unique way of getting into the history books. Whether it be celebrity matches, spectacular moments, win-loss records or championship wins, there is always something that makes its mark on the world of sports entertainment. On Saturday, they will do it again with the main event of the opening night of WrestleMania 37.
Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful.com issued a Tweet on Friday evening that is pretty big. WWE has confirmed that the SmackDown Women’s Championship match between Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair will headline the first night of this year’s big event.
This is a huge moment for WWE, because it the first time in history that two women of color will main event a night of WrestleMania action. Two years ago, WWE made a statement when three women main evented WrestleMania 35. That was an enormous moment for Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch and Ronda Rousey, as they closed out WWE’s biggest night of the calendar year. Now two more headlining females will take center stage, as Banks and Belair will wrap up the first of two nights of action.
The women of WWE have had monumental opportunities over the last few years. In what became known as the “Women’s Movement,” we saw a transition from softer style Diva collaborations to allowing the women to showcase their incredible talent inside the ring. In recent years, we’ve seen the ladies get their own Royal Rumble match, Money In The Bank ladder match, and even their own all-women pay per view event.
So for Banks and Belair to get this moment in the spotlight is absolutely phenomenal. When you think of past names such as Trish Stratus, Lita, Victoria, and even further back with Mae Young and The Fabulous Moolah, there is a golden opportunity for the women of WWE to set the stage for a whole new world of opportunities if all goes well on Saturday night.