For fans of wrestling, events like WrestleMania offer thrilling action and impressive moves. Through all the body slams and sweat, there are fabulous Black women wrestlers who are much more than just a strong body in the ring. There have been many groundbreaking achievements of Black women in the world of professional wrestling. The impact of these phenomenal athletes shouldn’t go unnoticed.

Trailblazing Black Women in WWE

There have been a myriad of Black women who have graced the WWE ring since its inception in 1953. However, some stood out of the crowd for their trailblazing feats that came as a shock to many.

In 2022, Bianca Belair etched her name in the history books by becoming the first Black woman in WWE to reign for over 200 days as the “Monday Night Raw” women’s champion. Belair’s unparalleled athleticism and unyielding determination have propelled her to the pinnacle of success in the squared circle. Since her debut in 2016, she has broken barriers, paving the way for future generations of Black women wrestlers.

Sasha Banks and Bianca Belair made history as the first Black women to headline WrestleMania in 2021. Their showdown not only showcased their skill but also symbolized the culmination of years of perseverance. As they stood in the spotlight, they carried with them the hopes and dreams of aspiring Black women wrestlers everywhere, proving that representation matters and barriers are meant to be broken.

Another trailblazing woman is Naomi, also known as Trinity Fatu. She embodies resilience and empowerment both inside and outside the ring. From her dazzling entrance to her electrifying performances, she captivates audiences with her athleticism and charisma. Despite facing adversity and body-shaming, Naomi’s power of self-acceptance and determination always shines a light for other Black women.

Where it Started for Black Women in Wrestling

Long before the glitz and glamour of WrestleMania, there was Ethel Johnson, a pioneer in women’s wrestling whose impact reverberates through generations. From the segregated wrestling circuits of the 1950s to the hallowed halls of the WWE Hall of Fame, Johnson’s journey was marked by resilience and perseverance. As the first black woman to hold a championship in professional wrestling, she paved the way for future generations of black women wrestlers, leaving an indelible mark on the sport.

As the achievements of Black women in wrestling are important, its equally important to recognize the work that lies ahead. While progress has been made, there is still much ground to cover in terms of representation and inclusivity. All of the amazing Black women in wrestling set the the tone for those to come.