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Former Tennessee Volunteer track star Bianca Belair earns NXT Women’s Championship opportunity

Belair will face Rhea Ripley at NXT TakeOver: Portland in February

We here at Team Speed Kills are always broadening our scope. And one former SEC track star just made a big splash in the world of professional wrestling.

Bianca Belair just became the new number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship. Belair outlasted over a dozen of the best women’s superstars that the brand (which is underneath the WWE umbrella for those who aren’t in the know) in a tumultuous and thrilling battle royal that main evented this week’s episode.

Belair, real name Bianca Blair Crawford, is a native of Knoxville, Tennessee, where she attended Austin-East Magnet High School. She had initially attended South Carolina and then Texas A&M, but eventually would enroll at Tennessee. There, she’d compete in 100m and 400m hurdling events, and at one point earned All-SEC honors and All-Academic honors, as well.

Bianca will now challenge Rhea Ripley, the incumbent NXT Women’s Champion, for her championship at NXT TakeOver: Portland on February 16. TakeOver: Portland will air exclusively on the WWE Network, WWE’s over-the-top streaming service.