While Becky Lynch retained the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WWE Crown Jewel in Sauda Arabia, it was Bianca Belair who created a moment that will live long in the memory.
In a match filled with entertaining spots, at one stage Belair lifted Sasha Banks in the air and raised her above her head with just one hand. The EST of WWE smiled as she held The Boss aloft, although that smile was short-lived as Lynch eventually went on to claim victory.
Nonetheless, fans were shocked to see Belair’s remarkable display of strength and took to Twitter to voice their amazement.
One fan wrote: “Never seen a one-handed press, wow!”
Another put: “She’s an incredible, unbelievable woman. Such an amazing athlete. You can’t take your eyes off her when you just watch her physically performing.”
Meanwhile, a third added: “One hand! Damn Bianca is really the strongest!”
Following the contest, Belair took to social media herself to show gratitude for being part of the pay-per-view.
The former SmackDown Women’s Champion stated: “Words can’t describe what it felt like to be a part of this amazing night and moment with the people beside me and the people in the audience.
“A moment bigger than me. Thank you Saudi Arabia.”
Thursday’s triple-threat had been in the making for a couple of months and all three women played their part in a match of the night contender.
Banks returned to WWE earlier this year, having been absent for more than a year on maternity leave.
Prior to that, The Man had been the most revered face in the women’s division but has established herself as a heel since coming back at SummerSlam.
Banks also made her in-ring return at Extreme Rules –– interrupting Banks’ showdown with Belair to cause a no-contest.
This set up a thrilling triple-threat match between three of the company’s biggest female stars. There was also a high level of intrigue concerning who would take home the belt, given the recent shakeup in the WWE draft.
Despite being SmackDown Women’s Champion, Lynch was moved to RAW, alongside Belair. Banks was therefore favourite to regain the title and start a new run of her own as the face of SmackDown.
It was Lynch who retained the belt, however, suggesting The Man will attempt to bring the SmackDown title with her to Raw.
Lynch was the first woman to hold both the SmackDown and Raw women’s titles simultaneously after she beat Ronda Rousey and Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 35.
And as she heads over to the red brand, her goal may well be to hold both belts at the same time once again.