Bianca Belair, WWE
Bianca Belair defended her Raw Women's Championship at WWE Extreme Rules on October 8, 2022. WWE


  • Bianca Belair has been one of the top women's performers on the main roster
  • Belair was quick to compare the current main roster locker room to her three-year NXT stint
  • Majority of WWE stars today had their start in NXT at the peak of its powers

WWE is coming off another successful pay-per-view with Survivor Series: WarGames being a highly-memorable event thanks to the stories involving the two WarGames matches.

The Bloodline overcame great odds to take home the win in the main event matchup while Bianca Belair, Becky Lynch, Mia Yim, Asuka and Alexa Bliss picked up the victory in the opening match of the night.

For longtime WWE viewers, the addition of talent in the women's division is always a welcome one as it allows fans to potentially see some intriguing matchups that otherwise would not take place.

Belair recently waxed nostalgic in an interview with Bleacher Report's Graham Matthews ahead of the Survivor Series pay-per-view as the current main roster locker room has brought back memories of her time in NXT.

"It kind of feels like NXT all over again. I think when we were in NXT, it was special. It was a time when the women's locker room was full of women empowerment. We were competitors but we wanted the best for each other and we were going out there and delivering some amazing matches," Belair said.

The most ardent of WWE fans would tell the incoming slew of new fans how important NXT was to the development of the company and they would be correct in doing so.

While many initially shrugged off NXT due to its reality TV beginnings, it soon became one of the most beloved brands in pro wrestling as it provided an alternative to those who wanted to see the up-and-coming talents in the industry.

From 2014 to the better part of 2019, NXT was the absolute place to be for a pro wrestling fan who wanted the grittier, more story-driven performers taking centerstage and Belair was part of it.

When she made her WWE TV debut with NXT in May 2017, the women's division was rife with talent as names like Asuka, who was the NXT Women's Champion at the time, Billie Kay, Peyton Royce, Liv Morgan, Ember Moon and Mandy Rose were all part of the NXT women's locker room.

NXT was set to skyrocket at this time as many considered it to be the start of the "third brand era" because WWE was set to welcome names like Johnny Gargano, the Undisputed Era, Shayna Baszler by the end of October of 2019.

For Belair to mention how familiar the current locker room seems to her time with NXT is valid as the women she spent in developmental with are also now on the main roster.

Asuka, Yim, Iyo Sky (formerly Io Shirai), Lacey Evans, and Rhea Ripley had crossed paths with Belair in one way or another during their NXT days and are now the standard-bearers of the women's division on Raw.

Belair is quickly closing in on Becky Lynch's 398-day record for the longest reign with the Raw Women's Title and many are expecting her to eclipse the mark as she forges her own path to becoming one of the greatest in WWE women's history.

Bianca Belair, Dakota Kai, WWE
Dakota Kai (left) grabs hold of the hair of Bianca Belair (right) during the women's WarGames match at WWE Survivor Series WarGames on November 26, 2022. WWE