What will happen to the RAW women's championship as Bianca Belair gets drafted to WWE SmackDown?

Following "WWE SmackDown," several stars found themselves in various places as the WWE Draft got underway in a big way on Friday night. Bianca Belair, the "Raw" Women's Champion, is one of them.

Bianca Belair in a file photo [Image-Twitter]
By Blesson Daniel | May 1, 2023 | 2 Min Read follow icon Follow Us

Bianca Belair has definitely established herself as one of the top WWE Woman’s Division champions. It was a huge shock on WWE Smackdown when Bianca Belair got drafted to WWE Smackdown even though she is the WWE RAW Woman’s champion. Now the big question is what is going to the RAW women’s championship and of the EST as well.

Bianca Belair responded to her status after the WWE Draft 2023 through a video message. The current RAW Women’s Champion expressed her excitement about returning to the brand where she earned her first world title. Belair though referred to herself as the Smackdown Woman’s champion.

With Belair moving brands, it’s unclear what will happen to the title she’s now held for almost a year. Of course, they could always do a championship swap like the iconic one between Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair in October 2021.

Regardless, Belair has been the “Raw” Women’s Champion since WrestleMania 38, when she defeated Lynch to reclaim the title that Lynch stole from her at SummerSlam in 2021. She’s now the longest-reigning Black champion in WWE history, having overtaken MVP. Lynch, who held the “Raw” Women’s Championship for 398 days, is the only woman who has held it longer than her.

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Rhea Ripley getting drafted to RAW solves all the problems, swapping the titles

With RAW Woman’s Champion Bianca Belair drafted to SmackDown, the red brand is in desperate need of a woman’s champion. Who better to choose than Rhea Ripley? It’s also possible that if Rhea Ripley appears on RAW, the whole Judgement Day will join her. At WrestleMania 39, Rhea Ripley beat Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship. Belair, on the other hand, defended her championship the next night against Asuka. Following WrestleMania, the two champions squared off on RAW.

During their RAW confrontation, WWE teased a possible showdown between the two. Following the WWE Draft in 2023, the EST could swap titles with Rhea Ripley. Mami will be recruited next week on RAW, for those who are unaware.

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