Knoxville native Bianca Belair wins WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship at Wrestlemania

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — Knoxville is getting some national spotlight Saturday night.

Bianca Belair, a Knoxville native, won the WWE SmackDown Women’s Championship in the main event for night one of Wrestlemania.

Belair was able to defeat titleholder Sasha Banks to take the championship belt. It was the first time in WWE history that two African-American women faced each other in a marquee match as well as being the first main event in WrestleMania history to feature two African-American wrestlers.

In February, Belair became the first African-American woman to win the Royal Rumble.

Belair graduated from Austin-East Magnet High School and was a track and field star at the University of Tennessee. The former Lady Vol track star even got a shoutout from her alma mater on social media following the win.

Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, known by Kane in WWE, also weighed in about the accomplishment.

You can hear Belair’s reaction to the win below.

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