It was clear that the occasion meant a lot to both wrestlers at the beginning of the match. Both Banks and Belair took time to savour the moment before the bell rang.
Despite losing the match and her title to Belair, cameras caught Banks smiling with pride from the magic that just occured.
Here’s what “The Boss” had to say about finding out, her reaction and what it meant to headline WrestleMania;
“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.”
Banks is absent from WWE programming for the time being as she takes a well-deserved vacation. But when she returns, she will most certainly be looking to get her title back.
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