Sasha Banks is Banks is a female wrestler whose real name is Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado. Her defining match was one in 2015 against Bayley, where the two women made headlines. This match proved that women in wrestling were not just eye-candy but serious wrestlers and competitors. Sasha is a RAW, NXT, and Chaotic Wrestling champion who is inspiring a lot of people and has gained celebrity status. Here are ten things you didn’t know about this mesmerizing athlete.
10. WWE preference
In an interview, Sasha Banks admitted to preferring Smackdown over RAW. This became a bit controversial considering she was a then RAW champion. She did emphasize that she was speaking as a fan and not a wrestler. However, even with the clarification, she still received some backlash from both fans and producers.
9. Her favorite wrestler
Eddie Guerrero was her favorite wrestler stating that she loved how he believed in himself and was considered an underdog but always came out on top. Her Smackdown preference could be attributed to the fact that Eddie was also on Smackdown. Sasha can usually be heard speaking about how Eddie inspired and made her feel while wrestling. She wants to inspire people in the same way and pay it forward.
8. She is always journaling
When she started out, Sasha often felt insecure like she was failing and didn’t belong in this male-dominated sport. She was also struggling to keep up with the WWE schedules and has admitted to sometimes crying in frustration. She has since found her voice, is confident and there’s no stopping her. Sasha says a big part of her serenity comes from journaling. She never travels without a notebook to write her thoughts down or read past entries that uplift her.
7. Video game celeb
Banks is a character in the WWE 2K17, 2K18 AND 2K19 – all WWE inspired video games. She also appears in the WWE SuperCard and WWE Mayhem mobile games.
6. Watching WWE was forbidden
When she was younger, Sasha was uninterested in the channels on TV, that is until she came across WWE. She became a major fan however, her mother was completely against the show. WWE was eventually banned by her mother so Sasha would sneak to her brothers’ room and watch it there. Her mother has since evolved and is her number one supporter – she even goes to her matches and calls her after every match!
5. Hates term ‘DIVA’
Banks has never liked the term ‘diva’. She believed the term ‘women wrestlers’ should be used to address them. It is one of the reasons why she advocated for a women’s championship which she went on to win. She has paved and changed the dynamic of women in wrestling inspiring others to follow their wrestling dreams – making the wrestling scene much less male-dominated.
One would think the glamour and fame make Sasha Banks a super-rich athlete. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Sasha Banks makes around 150,000/year. The highest paid woman wrestler is Nikki Bella who makes about 350,000/year.
3. Ring attire is inspired by celebrities
Sasha is a big Beyoncé fan and her shiny, blinged outfits are inspired by her. She also wore an Eddie Guerrero inspired outfit in her WrestleMania 32 match to pay tribute to him. ‘The boss’ persona was inspired by Snoop Dogg, Kanye West, and Nicki Minaj.
2. Sasha Banks was not her first ring name.
Sasha Banks was previously known as Mercedes KV- initials of her real name.
1. Sasha Banks is Snoop Dogg’s cousin
Yes, they are related by blood! Snoop was actually a big influence in her career, especially since wrestling was forbidden by her mother. Snoop would take her to live events when she was younger which only fueled her love for wrestling. When he was hosting a show, she would be backstage meeting the wrestlers. Snoop once performed her theme song at Wrestlemania 32 and is one of her biggest supporters.
Sasha Banks is an incredible wrestler and personality. She is known as an athlete who trains hard and is an inspiration to many aspiring female wrestlers. Her career is one that is continuously peaking and one that will be talked- about for years to come.