Bianca Belair says the opportunity to create history with Sasha Banks was why she chose to compete for the WWE Smackdown Women's Championship at WrestleMania 37.
As the winner of the 2021 Women's Royal Rumble, Belair had her choice of champions to challenge on 'The Grandest Stage Of Them All' and revealed she wanted a match with Banks on the most recent episode of Smackdown.
Belair has now said the chance to step into the ring with a fellow superstar who has motivated her during her own WWE career, and challenge for the Smackdown Women's Championship, was an opportunity she could not pass up.
Speaking to WWE YouTube, Belair said: "I was excited to make this decision because now it’s out there, now it’s final, and I can start wrapping my mind around it, getting my emotions in check, and just getting ready.
"I say stay ready so you don’t have to get ready but it’s WrestleMania. You have to prepare for WrestleMania no matter what. But now I can start getting ready and I can start wrapping my mind around the fact that I will be at WrestleMania on the grandest stage of them all with Sasha Banks.
"Two Afro-females, black Afro-female. What it represents is really sending a powerful message to the world. She motivates me. I see everything she’s doing and I’m happy for her, but I wanna do it, too.
"I’m going to WrestleMania to create history, but I’m also going there to become a champion. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to show everybody that I am the strongest, and the fastest, the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the greatest, that I’m the B-E-S-T since Sasha wants to call herself the best. When it’s all said and done, and I’m standing there raising the title over my head, the proof will be that I am exactly what I say I am. I’m the EST of WWE.”