It was officially announced by WWE today that Sasha Banks will defend the Smackdown Women’s Title vs. Bianca Belair in the main event of Night 1 of WrestleMania tomorrow night. This is something I already covered on TJRWrestling earlier today in our WrestleMania preview because Stephanie McMahon said it on the Bill Simmons Podcast that came out earlier today.
TJR Thoughts: I’m happy for the ladies. They deserve it and it’s a great opportunity for them to make history in the main event.
Here’s the official announcement from WWE in their writeup about the match on WWE.com:
The Boss. The EST. The SmackDown Women’s Title.
One of WrestleMania 37’s marquee bouts has “show stealer” written all over it, as Sasha Banks will put her title on the line against Bianca Belair in the main event of WrestleMania Night 1.
While it may be difficult to believe for those who witnessed her meteoric rise through the ranks, Banks is now a battle-tested veteran on the main roster and a Grand Slam Champion to boot, though her most recent title win was arguably her most impressive.
After being betrayed and brutalized by her former best friend Bayley, Banks shed a protective neck brace and immediately stepped straight into hell to challenge The Role Model for her championship in a Hell in a Cell Match. A savage fight ensued, but Banks earned the first SmackDown Women’s Title of her career by using a chair-assisted Banks Statement to force a frantic tapout.
Belair caught the attention of the WWE Universe during her time at NXT and continued to do so when she made the jump to the blue brand.
Nevertheless, she was still seeking a true career-defining victory, and accomplishing the herculean feat of winning a Royal Rumble Match was made more daunting when she drew No. 3 for the 30-Superstar melee.
But you don’t get a nickname like “The EST of WWE” if you’re lacking in confidence, and Belair silenced the doubters by competing for 56-plus minutes, racking up four eliminations, joining forces with Rhea Ripley to toss Charlotte Flair, and finally eliminating The Nightmare after a pulse-pounding brawl in the bout’s final moments.
After mulling her options for WrestleMania, Belair indeed challenged Banks on the Feb. 26 edition of SmackDown.
And while she has hovered around the title picture during her time on both NXT and SmackDown, Belair has yet to earn championship gold in WWE. Will she achieve her goal on The Grandest Stage of them All, or will Sasha continue to prove exactly why she is WWE’s Blueprint?
Don’t miss what is certain to be an awe-inspiring championship collision at WrestleMania 37 streaming live as part of a two-night event, beginning at 8 ET/5 PT on April 10 and 11 exclusively on Peacock in the United States and WWE Network everywhere else.
You can see it in this tweet from WWE too.
— WWE (@WWE) April 9, 2021
Bianca Belair, who turned 32 years old today (happy birthday!), tweeted about it as well.
THE BEST BIRTHDAY PRESENT EVER!
This is more than just about ME.
This is more than just about US.
We are creating History. https://t.co/wPZBRbFAhj
— Bianca Belair (@BiancaBelairWWE) April 9, 2021
In addition to that, WWE announced that Bobby Lashley will defend the WWE Champion against Drew McIntyre in the opening match on Saturday night. Since there is no Kickoff Show match, that means they will be the first match in front of a big WWE crowd in over one year.
— WWE (@WWE) April 9, 2021
That means the WrestleMania lineup looks like this.
Saturday, April 10 – Night 1
SmackDown Women’s Championship: Sasha Banks (c) vs. Bianca Belair – MAIN EVENT
WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) vs. Drew McIntyre – OPENING MATCH
Cesaro vs. Seth Rollins
Steel Cage Match: Braun Strowman vs. Shane McMahon
Raw Tag Team Championships: The New Day’s Kofi Kingston & Xavier Woods (c) vs. AJ Styles & Omos
Damian Priest & Bad Bunny vs. The Miz & John Morrison
Tag Team Turmoil Match: Naomi & Lana vs. Mandy Rose & Dana Brooke vs. Riott Squad (Ruby Riott & Liv Morgan) vs. Natalya & Tamina – The winners will challenge for the Women’s Tag Team Titles on Night 2. (More teams may be added to the match.)
Sunday, April 11 – Night 2
Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) vs. Edge vs. Daniel Bryan – MAIN EVENT
The Fiend (w/Alexa Bliss) vs. Randy Orton
Raw Women’s Championship: Asuka (c) vs. Rhea Ripley
Nigerian Drum Fight for the Intercontinental Championship: Big E (c) vs. Apollo Crews
Sami Zayn (w/Logan Paul) vs. Kevin Owens
United States Championship: Riddle (c) vs. Sheamus
Women’s Tag Team Championships: Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Winners of Tag Team Turmoil Match
The hosts of WrestleMania are Hulk Hogan & Titus O’Neil.