Bianca Blair Crawford is an American professional wrestler signed by WWE. She is currently assigned to Raw. She is a former SmackDown Women's Champion and former Royal Rumble winner. She is the current RAW Women's Champion.
Bianca Blair Crawford a.k.a Bianca Belair was born on April 9, 1989 in Knoxville, Tennessee in the United States. She attended Austin-East Magnet High School in her hometown and has been an athlete from a very young age. She has been good in various fields like track and hurdles during her time at University. Before joining WWE, Belair was also a CrossFit competitor and a weightlifter. She had to leave her career in this field due to intercostal chondritis, also known as shifting rib syndrome.
In June 2017, Belair announced that she was dating Kenneth Crawford, whom fans might know by the name Montez Ford. The two tied the knots on June 23, 2018. Belair is the step-mother to two children of Ford. The duo has also partaken in a few segments in WWE as a couple.
Professional Wrestling Career
WWE NXT (2016-2020)
WWE veteran Mark Henry recruited Bianca Belair to the Performance Centre in Orlando. After a successful tryout, WWE offered Bianca a contract. Crawford started working at NXT and took part in the inaugural Mae Young Classic, where she lost in the second round. They changed her name to Bianca Belair.
After the Mae Young Classic, Belair went on an undefeated streak. She defeated challengers such as Lacey Evans, Candice LeRae, Aliyah, Dakota Kai, and Deonna Purrazzo. On January 26, 2019, at NXT TakeOver Phoenix, Belair earned an opportunity to face NXT Women's Champion, Shayna Baszler. Her undefeated streak was broken when she lost to the champion. She faced Bazler again at NXT TakeOver: New York and lost.
Belair had a series of matches with Mia Yim before earning another shot at the women's championship. On the debut episode of NXT on the USA network, Belair challenged Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women's Championship in a losing effort. Belair entered War Games as part of Team Shayna and lost to Team Rhea. She was part of Team NXT, who defeated Team Raw and Team SmackDown at Survivor Series 2019.
Main Roster (2020-Present)
At Royal Rumble 2020, she entered at No.2 and eliminated 8 opponents. She made her main roster debut on RAW after WrestleMania 36, where she helped The Street Profits. At 2020 Draft, she was drafted to SmackDown and started her rivalry with Bayley.
At Royal Rumble 2021, Belair entered at No.3 and won the rumble. She chose SmackDown Women's Champion at WrestleMania 37. Over the few months, Sasha and Bianca were in a heated rivalry. On night 1 of WrestleMania 37, Belair defeated Sasha Banks to become the new SmackDown Women's Champion.
As the SmackDown Women's Champion, Belair successfully defended her title against Bayley and Carmella. She lost the title at SummerSlam to Becky Lynch. Her reign lasted for 133 days. At 2021 Draft, they drafted Belair to RAW. She faced Becky on two occasions for the SmackDown and RAW Women's Championship, but she was unsuccessful. In 2022, she won the Elimination Chamber match. At WrestleMania 38, she defeated Becky Lynch to win the RAW Women's Championship.
At the 2022 SummerSlam, Belair defeated Becky Lynch in a classic match which was for the RAW Women's Championship.