Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks. Image Credits: WWE

Born on 26th January 1992, Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado is an American professional wrestler who signed to WWE as a member of the SmackDown brand under the ring name Sasha Banks. She is currently a double champion – in her fifth reign as Raw Women’s Champion along with being the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions with Bayley in their second reign. Previously, she wrestled on the independent circuit, mostly for Chaotic Wrestling in 2008 where she once held the Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship.

Sasha Banks made her in-ring debut for the promotion in 2010 in an inter-gender tag-team match. She continued to lose all her initial matches but she kept getting better inside the ring. On 7 October 2015, she was up against Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Respect on 7 October 2015, and this match was recorded as the first women’s match to ever headline an NXT TakeOver.

It was also the first Iron Woman match in WWE history, along with the longest women’s match in WWE history at the time with a length of 30 minutes. This match was voted by Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) as the Match of the Year while Sasha Banks was also voted as the Woman of the Year. In August 2015, this match also won the NXT Year-End Award for Match of the Year at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.

Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks. Image Credits: Bleacher Report

In 2016, Banks and Charlotte Flair became the first women to headline a WWE pay-per-view event. Meanwhile, they were also the first to compete in a Hell in a Cell match (both at Hell in a Cell in October 2016). Both Banks and Charlotte were the first women to wrestle in the main event of Raw in a women’s match since 2004 while also being the first women to win the Pro Wrestling Illustrated award for Feud of the Year.

In February 2019, Banks won the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship with her tag team partner, Bayley at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. Both Bayley and Banks together were known as The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection.

Early life

Sasha Banks was born on January 26, 1992, in Fairfield, California. Later, she moved to various places, including Minnesota, to find schools and hospitals for her disabled brother. Her family, finally, settled in Boston, Massachusetts and there she began her professional wrestling career. Sasha Banks went to school online and grew up watching All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling (AJW). Banks is of African American and European descent.

Personal life

Sasha Banks is the first cousin of the famous rapper Snoop Dogg, who helped now-famous Sasha Banks, develop her in-ring persona. She is also a first cousin of the music producer Daz Dillinger and the singers, Brandy Norwood and Ray J.Banks is a K-pop music fan and also like the Japanese anime Sailor Moon.

On 4th August 2016, Sasha Banks married to Sarath Ton (known as Kid Mikaze) who is the WWE costume designer and retired professional wrestler. Sasha Banks has cited Eddie Guerrero as her favourite wrestler. She was in attendance at Guerrero’s memorial episode of Raw held on 14 November 2005 in Minneapolis. Later, Kaestner-Varnado revealed that she was unaware that Guerrero had died before she arrived in the arena.

Early professional wrestling career

Chaotic Wrestling (2010–2012)

Sasha Banks began her training in 2008 at the Chaotic Wrestling (CW) which is based in Woburn of Massachusetts. On 1 October 2010, she made her in-ring debut as Mercedes KV in an intergender tag team match. Sasha Banks teamed with Nikki Roxx in a losing effort to Alexxis and Danny E.

However, after that match, Sasha Banks and Roxx quickly formed an alliance and teamed together regularly, accompanying each other to ringside. On October 22, Sasha Banks lost her debut singles match to Danny E. and then lost her match to him on November 13.

Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks. Image Credits: e Wrestling News

Sasha Banks earned her first victory on 7th January 2011, when she and Roxx defeated Alexxis and Mistress Belmont in a tag team match. A month later on February 11, she took part in a five-woman gauntlet match to determine the inaugural Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Champion but was unsuccessful. Banks continued competing in singles matches throughout the remainder of 2011.

On December 2, 2011, she defeated Alexxis in “I Quit” match to win the Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship for the first time. On January 6, 2012, Banks made her first successful title defence against Barbie.

She faced Luscious Latasha with the championship on the line on January 27, where Banks retained the title. Banks successfully defended the championship against Alexxis in a rematch, going on to twice defend the championship against Nikki Roxx.

On June 1, she defeated Alexxis, Barbie and Mistress Belmont in a fatal four-way match to retain the championship, becoming the longest-reigning Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Champion in the history and broke Alexxis’ previous record of 182 days in the process.

Banks successfully retained the championship against Barbie on June 24, against Aida Marie on July 20, and then, on August 17 against Kasey Ray. Sasha Banks made her final appearance for the Chaotic Wrestling on August 18, where she lost to Ivy Fit in a non-title match. On August 17, the Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship was declared vacant after Kaestner-Varnado signed a contract with WWE, which ended her reign at 259 days.

Independent circuit (2010–2012)

On August 8, 2010, Sasha Banks made her debut in New England Championship Wrestling (NECW) and teamed with Ivy to defeat Ariel and Sammi Lane. Sasha Banks returned to the NECW on September 4, 2011, and once again teamed with Ivy to defeat Mistress Belmont and Veda Scott.

Following this, on September 23, Banks defeated Mistress Belmont in a singles match. She once again returned to the promotion on July 14, 2012, at the Red White and Bruised event and lost to Adrianna by count-out.

Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks. Image Credits: WWE

Banks wrestled under the ring name Miss Mercedes and debuted for National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) on November 19, 2010, facing Julian Starr in a losing effort. On the following two nights, Mercedes defeated Sheik Ali and Nick Fahrenheit in singles matches. She began to feud with The Great Cheyenne even though she lost to her on several occasions. On August 9, she wrestled her last match for the NWA, defeating Arlene in a singles match.

Professional WWE Career

The BFFs (2012–2014)

In June 2012, Kaestner-Varnado participated in a WWE tryout camp and then on August 18 it was announced that she had been signed to WWE draft. After that, she was assigned to WWE’s developmental territory NXT and adopted the ring name, Sasha Banks. She made her televised debut on NXT on the December 12 episode but lost to Paige. On the January 23, 2013 episode of NXT, Banks registered her first televised win against Alicia Fox.

Sasha Banks entered a storyline where she received letters from a secret admirer, who eventually turned out to be Audrey Marie. Marie returned and attacked Banks, defeating her on the February 20 episode of NXT, due to Marie’s jealousy of Banks’ success.

Her feud with Marie came to an end on the April 3 episode of NXT, as Banks teamed with Paige to defeat Marie and Summer Rae. Banks competed in the NXT Women’s Championship tournament on the June 19 episode of NXT to determine the inaugural champion. However, she lost to Rae in the first round. And then on the September 11 episode of NXT, Banks was defeated by Paige who was the then-NXT Women’s Champion.

Sasha Banks vs Paige
Sasha Banks vs Paige. Image Credits: WWE

After this, Sasha Banks attacked Paige who was attempting to console her, turning into a villainess in the process. Two weeks after this episode, on NXT, Rae accompanied Banks to defeat Bayley. After the match, Banks cut a promo with Rae and made debut as a new gimmick as “The Boss”.

Banks and Rae dubbed themselves as – The Beautiful, Fierce Females (The BFFs) and defeated Paige and Emma on the October 16 episode of NXT. The duo then went on to defeat Bayley and Charlotte in a tag team match on the November 13 episode of NXT, where Charlotte attacked Bayley and aligned herself with Banks and Rae.

In mid-January 2014, Rae moved up to WWE’s main roster after which, Banks and Charlotte began a rivalry with Bayley, who had aligned herself with Natalya. Charlotte and Banks lost in both singles and tag team matches against Bayley.

On April 6, Banks made an appearance at WrestleMania XXX as a part of Triple H’s entrance. In May, Banks defeated Bayley in the first round of the tournament for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship. But, later, she lost to Natalya in the semi-finals.

On the July 3 episode of NXT, Banks and Charlotte defeated Bayley and Becky Lynch. However, after this Charlotte abandoned Banks to get attacked by Bayley and this led to Banks officially disbanding the BFFs in a backstage segment later that night.

NXT Women’s Champion (2014–2015)

On the August 14 episode of NXT, Banks lost to Bayley in a match to determine the number one contender to the NXT Women’s Championship. A month later, at the NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way held on September 11, Banks attacked Bayley after her title match with Charlotte before Charlotte intervened and stopped her. Meanwhile, on the October 23 episode of NXT, Becky Lynch aligned herself with Banks who had defeated Bayley in a singles match where Lynch turned her back on Bayley.

Banks promptly began feuding with Charlotte Flair who was the then-NXT Women’s Champion. And this, eventually, led to a match between the two at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution on December 11 Banks losing the match as Charlotte retained her championship. On the December 25 episode of NXT, Banks received a rematch but was once again unsuccessful.

On the December 30, 2014, episode of Main Event, Banks made her first appearance on WWE’s main roster, losing to Charlotte in a non-title match. On January 21, 2015, Banks received another title match against Charlotte, which she lost after Becky Lynch attacked Charlotte which caused a disqualification, leading to dissension between Banks and Lynch.

On February 11 at NXT TakeOver: Rival, Banks, finally, won the NXT Women’s Championship by pinning Charlotte in a fatal four-way match that also involved Lynch and Bayley. On the March 4 episode of NXT, Banks successfully retained the championship against Charlotte in a rematch followed by another against Alexa Bliss on March 25.

Sasha Banks vs Alexa Bliss
Sasha Banks vs Alexa Bliss. Image Credits: WWE

At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, Banks defended and retained the title against Becky Lynch. On the July 8 episode of NXT, Banks teamed with Charlotte to defeat Emma and Dana Brooke. However, after this, Charlotte challenged Banks to an NXT Women’s Championship match which was accepted by Banks. They had their championship match the following week on the July 15 episode of NXT, and Banks retained the championship and the two shared a hug, with Charlotte raising Banks’ hand as a sign of respect.

Banks’ reign as the NXT Women’s Champion ended at 192 days, eventually losing the championship to Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on August 22. After the match, Banks celebrated with Bayley and former rivals Becky Lynch and Charlotte.

The match was highly praised by critics and won Match of the Year at the NXT Year-End Awards. On 7 October at NXT TakeOver: Respect, Banks was defeated by Bayley in the main event in the first women’s 30-minute Iron man match in WWE history, losing two falls to three in her last match in NXT.

Women’s Revolution and Team B.A.D. (2015–2016)

On the 13 July 2015, episode of Raw, Banks made her official debut, along with Charlotte and Becky Lynch, after Stephanie McMahon called for a “revolution” in the WWE Divas division. Lynch and Charlotte allied with Paige, Sasha Banks allied with Naomi and Tamina, who later dubbed themselves as the Team B.A.D. (Beautiful and Dangerous). This lead to a brawl between the three teams, Team Bella (Alicia Fox, Brie and Nikki Bella) being the third team.

Meanwhile, on July 19 at Battleground, Sasha Banks made her debut for WWE pay–per–view, competing in a triple threat match against Charlotte and Brie Bella, which was eventually won by Charlotte. Banks went on to defeat Paige twice, first by submission in a tag team match, on the July 20 episode of Raw, where Banks teamed with Naomi for the first time and then again, on the July 27 episode of Raw in a singles match.

After defeating the Divas Champion Nikki Bella by submission in a non–title match on the August 17 episode of Raw, Banks participated in the first-ever Divas number one contender’s ‘Beat the Clock’ challenge match. There she fought Paige to a time limit draw and Charlotte was named the number one contender.

Following this, Banks rekindled her rivalry with Paige and defeated her twice on the September 7 and 14 episodes of Raw. Following this, she lost in a fatal four-way number one contender’s match for Charlotte’s Divas Championship in November. Banks began a winning streak, defeating the likes of Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, and Becky Lynch on various shows.

After a month off of television, Banks returned at the Royal Rumble pay–per–view on January 24, 2016. She attacked Charlotte and Becky Lynch after their championship match, showing her intentions to gain the Divas Championship.

Prior to a match with Lynch on the February 1 episode of Raw, Banks claimed that she was “on her own”, signalling that she had moved on from Team B.A.D. This led her only to be attacked by Naomi and Tamina during the match, and in the process, this turned Banks into a fan favourite in the process.

Team B.A.D
Team B.A.D. Image Credits: WWE

Her feud with Naomi and Tamina continued throughout February which led to a tag team match at Fastlane on February 21. In the match, Banks allied with Lynch to defeat the two. Banks and Lynch went on to compete in two matches to determine the number one contender for Charlotte’s Divas Championship at WrestleMania 32.

The first bout ended in a draw after a double pin occurred as both of their shoulders were down for the count, and the second in a no-contest after both Banks and Lynch were attacked by Charlotte. As a result, a triple threat match between Banks, Lynch and Charlotte was announced for the WrestleMania for the Divas Championship.

At the event on April 3, the Divas Championship was retired and replaced with the new WWE Women’s Championship, with all three women competing for it in the triple threat match. Banks was unsuccessful in capturing the new title at her WrestleMania in-ring debut.

After a hiatus, Banks returned to WWE television in early June and later reignited her feud with Charlotte over the WWE Women’s Championship after an attack along with Paige on the June 20 episode of Raw.

This led to a tag team match the following week, on the June 27 episode of Raw, where Sasha Banks and Paige scored the victory. Following multiple attacks and matches between Sasha Banks and Dana Brooke, Banks and her mystery partner Bayley defeated Brooke and Charlotte in a tag team match on July 24 at Battleground.

Raw Women’s Champion (2016–2017)

After being drafted to the Raw brand as part of the 2016 WWE draft on July 19, 2016, Sasha Banks made her first appearance for the brand on July 25, where she defeated Charlotte to win the WWE Women’s Championship for the first time.

On August 21 at SummerSlam, Banks dropped the championship back to Charlotte, ending her reign at 27 days. Around that time the title was renamed the Raw Women’s Championship following the creation of the SmackDown Women’s Championship. On September 25, Charlotte successfully retained the championship against Banks and Bayley in a triple threat match at Clash of Champions.

However, on the October 3 episode of Raw, Banks was granted a one-on-one rematch with Charlotte. She defeated Charlotte in the main event to capture her second Raw Women’s Championship. Later, on 30th October, Banks challenged Charlotte to compete for the championship in the first-ever women’s Hell in a Cell match at the titular Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event.

It was then announced as the main event for women’s wrestling, while Charlotte defeated Sasha Banks, again ending her reign at 27 days. A few weeks later, on November 20, Banks was a part of Raw’s women’s team for Survivor Series, during which she was eliminated by Natalya, although her team – Team Raw was the ultimate winner of the event.

A week after invoking a rematch clause, Sasha Banks defeated Charlotte in a falls count anywhere match on the November 28 episode of Raw, winning the Raw Women’s Championship for the record-tying the third time. On December 18, a 30–minute Iron man match between the two took place at Roadblock: End of the Line, resulting in a 2–2 draw.

But Banks lost to Charlotte Flair by 3–2 in sudden death overtime. With the loss, the feud between the two was ended, since it was stipulated that Banks could not invoke her rematch clause if she lost. The following night on Raw after Roadblock, Banks called Flair out to congratulate her on her victory, but Nia Jax came out instead who attacked her.

This, eventually, led to a match between the two at the Royal Rumble pre-show on January 29, 2017, with Jax defeating Banks in the end. On the February 13 episode of Raw, Sasha Banks helped Bayley defeat Charlotte Flair, stopping Flair’s submission and attacking her with her crutches, to win the Raw Women’s Championship in the main event.

Banks gained revenge on Jax as she defeated her at Fastlane on March 5, thus becoming the first to hand Nia her first loss since joining the main roster. Banks again helped Bayley defeat Flair to retain her championship. The feud between Banks and Jax, and Bayley and Flair led to a fatal four-way elimination match at WrestleMania 33 on April 2. And once again, Bayley successfully retained the Raw Women’s Championship.

Wrestlemania 33
Wrestlemania 33. Image Credits: WWE

On the June 26 episode of Raw, Banks scored a victory over Bayley, Jax, Dana Brooke, Mickie James and Emma in a gauntlet match to become the number one contender for Alexa Bliss‘ Raw Women’s Championship.

The title match was scheduled on July 9 at Great Balls of Fire, where Banks defeated Bliss via count-out, which allowed Bliss to retain the title. But, in a rematch between the two on August 20 at SummerSlam, Banks defeated Bliss and became the record-tying four-time Raw Women’s Champion.

A week later this celebrating victory, on Raw, Sasha Banks dropped the title back to Bliss. At No Mercy on September 24, Banks received her rematch for the title as she took part in a fatal five-way match which was won by Bliss.

Partnership with Bayley (2017–2019)

At the end of 2017, Banks (teaming with Bayley and Mickie James) started a feud with the debuting faction Absolution (Paige, Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville) who continuously targeted them ever since being drafted in WWE. This led to various singles as well as tag team matches between the two teams, with Absolution winning most of them.

Whereas in December, Banks competed in the first-ever women’s match contested in the Middle East against Alexa Bliss. At the Royal Rumble on 28 January 2018, Banks became the first entry in the first Women’s Royal Rumble match.

She eliminated Vickie Guerrero, Bayley and Trish Stratus, lasting 54:46, due to being outside the ring for most of that time, before she was eliminated by The Bella Twins. A month later, on February 25, Banks took part in the first-ever women’s Elimination Chamber match at the namesake pay-per-view. She helped Alexa Bliss, the eventual winner, eliminate Bayley from the match after she pushed her off the pod as the two were “apparently” working together to eliminate Bliss.

Sasha Banks vs Bayley
Sasha Banks vs Bayley. Image Credits: WWE

In mid-April, Sasha Banks and Bayley faced off but their match ended in a no-contest after The Riott Squad (Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, and Liv Morgan) interfered, attacking them both. In the following weeks, Banks competed in different singles and tag team matches in both winning and losing efforts.

She defeated Ruby Riott in the finals of a gauntlet match for the last spot. This helped Banks to compete for the first time in her career in Money in the Bank ladder match in June that was ultimately won by Alexa Bliss. Throughout mid-2018, Banks and Bayley were told to attend counsellor meetings to help maintain their friendship. In July, the two reconciled and created a tag team, known as “The Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection”.

After a short hiatus from the ring, Banks returned to WWE television in October. She participated in the first-ever all women’s pay–per–view Evolution, where she teamed with Bayley and Natalya in a winning effort against The Riott Squad.

In November, Sasha Banks again competed at Survivor Series as part of Team Raw, where she was the last woman from the team that was eliminated by Asuka following an attack by teammate Nia Jax. On January 27, 2019, at the Royal Rumble, Banks unsuccessfully challenged Ronda Rousey for the Raw Women’s Championship.

A few weeks later, on February 17, at the Elimination Chamber, Sasha Banks and Bayley won the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship by lastly eliminating Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville in a six tag team Elimination Chamber match.

In their first title defence, at Fastlane, on March 10, Banks and Bayley successfully retained over Nia Jax and Tamina. At WrestleMania 35 held on April 7, Banks and Bayley lost the championship to The IIconics (Billie Kay and Peyton Royce) in a fatal four-way tag team match after Kay pinned Bayley, ending their reign at 49 days.

Hiatus and heel turn (2019–2020)

After losing the championship to The Iliconis, Banks cancelled an appearance on the morning talk show, Wendy, at the last minute. Throughout the following week, there were rumours that she was looking to quit the company due to her longstanding frustrations with WWE. Sasha Banks held the impression that she and Bayley were going to have a long title reign to bring credibility to the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship.

However, the two were allegedly uninformed until the last minute that they would be dropping the titles at WrestleMania. Her talk show cancellation was reported to be due to a personal matter, but neither Banks nor WWE had confirmed the rumours of her attempted departure from the company.

After a four-month hiatus, Banks returned on the 12 August 2019 episode of Raw as a heel for the first time since 2016, where she attacked a Kayfabe injured Natalya. Upon her re-entry in the ring, Banks donned a new blue hair colour beneath a purple wig and attacked Becky Lynch with a steel chair, for saving Natalya.

In September, Sasha Banks reunited with Bayley and the two attacked both Lynch and Charlotte Flair. Upon her return, Banks reignited her feud with Lynch, and a match between the two at Clash of Champions for Lynch’s Raw Women’s Championship took place on September 15.

Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair
Sasha Banks vs Charlotte Flair. Image Credits: Bleacher Report

At the event, Banks took a win via disqualification after Lynch inadvertently attacked the referee with a steel chair. After the match, the two continued to brawl inside the arena and the feud between the two women eventually led to the second-ever women’s Hell in a Cell match. It took place on October 6, at the namesake pay-per-view, with Banks being unsuccessful in capturing the title.

Banks was then drafted to SmackDown as part of the 2019 WWE Draft. After this, she went on another brief hiatus from TV due to injuring her tailbone and was not cleared to compete. Banks did, however, come to SmackDown on October 18, as Bayley was being interviewed by The Miz.

On the November 8 episode of SmackDown, Banks debuted a new remixed theme featuring her cousin Snoop Dogg. On the episode, Banks was announced to be the captain of the SmackDown women’s team-leading into Survivor Series. At the pay-per-view, she was the last woman standing for the SmackDown brand in the Women’s Survivor Series match before losing to Rhea Ripley.

On the November 29 episode of SmackDown, Banks and Bayley stated that they didn’t lose at Survivor Series because Team NXT was better, but because the rest of Team SmackDown let them down. Banks and Bayley criticized each member of Team SmackDown, coming out to confront them and delivering a Woman’s Right to Banks, marking Evans‘ face turn.

The three proceeded to feud through the next two months, culminating with a title match between Bayley and Evans at the Royal Rumble, which Bayley won. Banks was a fan favourite to win the 2020 Women’s Royal Rumble match but were absent from the event and several episodes of SmackDown preceding it.

Sasha Banks vs Lacey Evans
Sasha Banks vs Lacey Evans. Image Credits: WWE

This led to speculation that she had sustained an injury. During a backstage segment on the January 17 episode of SmackDown featuring The Revival, the camera panned to Bayley and Lacey Evans in a brawl with Banks on the floor.

The latter had been slated to have a match against Evans later in the same night. But Banks was replaced by Bayley during a segment showing a kayfabe injured Banks in the doctor’s office. On the February 28 episode of SmackDown, Banks made her return right after Bayley interrupted the start of her match against Naomi to introduce Banks.

During the match, Banks proceeded to attack Naomi, leading to a win via disqualification for the latter. This was followed by Evans coming out to assist Naomi and the match restarting as a tag team match. A rematch was scheduled for the following week, in which Banks and Bayley prevailed.

On the March 20 episode of SmackDown, Banks and Bayley interrupted a segment featuring former brand general manager Paige. During the segment, Paige proceeded to announce a six-way elimination match at WrestleMania 36 for Bayley’s SmackDown Women’s Championship, in which Banks was inserted as Bayley retained the title.

Double champion (2020–present)

In the months following WrestleMania 36, Banks and Bayley would begin teasing a potential feud between the two. The emphasis was put on the storyline that portrays Banks as the reason for Bayley’s success while using the defeats till then to portray as the instances of the latter being responsible for several losing efforts by Banks (such as her Money in the Bank qualifying match against Lacey Evans).

Despite their brewing dispute, Banks and Bayley were successful in reclaiming the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on the June 5 episode of SmackDown, becoming the second tag team to have ever held the titles twice in the history.

On the June 8, episode of Raw, Banks and Bayley appeared on the red brand for the first time since 2019. The two of them interrupted the opening segment that featured Asuka which was then followed by a triple threat tag team match featuring the two losing the match in the end. At the Backlash pay-per-view on June 14, Sasha Banks and Bayley successfully defended the titles for the first time in a triple threat tag team match against Alexa Bliss & Nikki Cross and The IIconics.

Bayley and Sasha Banks
Bayley and Sasha Banks. Image Credits: WWE

The following night on Raw, The IIconics challenged Banks and Bayley to a title match following the former team’s victory over Natalya and Liv Morgan. The two went on to make their return to NXT on June 17, successfully defending the Women’s Tag Team Championship against Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart in the main event, after which they were ambushed by Io Shirai.

On the June 19 episode of SmackDown, Banks defeated Nikki Cross in a singles match, even after being attacked by Nikki earlier in the night. On the June 22 episode of Raw, Banks and Bayley successfully defended the Women’s Tag Team Championships against The IIconics.

After the match, however, Banks proceeded to challenge Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship at The Horror Show at Extreme Rules. On next week’s episode of Raw, following a chaotic contract signing featuring both Sasha Banks and Asuka, as well as WWE Champion Drew McIntryre and his challenger for the Extreme Rules pay-per-view, Dolph Ziggler, a tag team match was set up for later on in the night.

Banks and Ziggler teamed up against Asuka and McIntyre in Champions vs. Challengers match, where Banks and Ziggler were victorious. On the first night of NXT: The Great American Bash, Banks battled NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai in the main event.

Towards the end of the match, Banks’ opponent for The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, Asuka, appeared from underneath the ring and sprayed Banks with green mist to the face, followed by Shirai hitting the moonsault on Banks for the pin to get the non-title win.

On the July 6 episode of Raw, Banks faced the returning Kairi Sane in a match and it resulted as a No-contest followed by interference by Bayley. On the July 10 episode of SmackDown, Sasha Banks and Bayley defeated Alexa Bliss and Nikki Cross in a non-title match.

After this, Sasha Banks and Bayley successfully defended the Women’s Tag Team Championships against The Kabuki Warriors in the main event of the July 13 episode of Raw. The following Friday on SmackDown, Banks and Bayley faced the team of Asuka and Nikki Cross, with the former ending up victorious.

At The Horror Show at Extreme Rules, Banks battled Asuka for the Raw Women’s Championship. In the climax, Asuka attempted to spit green mist on Sasha Banks. However, Sasha Banks avoided the mist and Asuka inadvertently spat it on the referee’s face.

As Asuka applied the Asuka Lock on Banks, Bayley attacked Asuka with a Women’s Tag Team Championship belt. Bayley then proceeded to remove the shirt off the referee, put it on and counted the pin for Banks to take the win, followed by the two fleeing the Performance Center.

On the following episode of Raw, Stephanie McMahon announced that since neither Sasha Banks, nor Asuka technically won the match, a rematch would take place the following week, further stating that the title can change hands via pinfall, submission, count-out, or disqualification.

During the match on Raw the following week, after Bayley was shown on the TitanTron attacking Asuka’s partner, Kairi Sane, Asuka intentionally got counted out after making a run to save Sane, thus Sasha Banks definitively won the title for a record-breaking fifth time.

Other media

Video games

Banks made her WWE video game debut in WWE 2K17, later appearing in WWE 2K18, WWE 2K19 and WWE 2K20. She also appears in the mobile games WWE SuperCard and WWE Mayhem.


“Song For Sasha Banks” – Written & performed by The Mountain Goats released as a single digital track on 18th June 2018, tells the story of Sasha’s childhood with her watching Chris Jericho on SmackDown, and then becoming a pro wrestler in her own right.

Championships and Accomplishments

Chaotic Wrestling

  • Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship (1 time)

Independent Wrestling Entertainment

  • IWE Women’s Championship (1 time)

Pro Wrestling Illustrated

  • Feud of the Year (2016) vs. Charlotte Flair
  • Match of the Year (2015) vs. Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Respect
  • Woman of the Year (2015)
  • Ranked No. 2 of the top 50 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2016
  • Ring Wars Carolina
  • RWC No Limitz Championship (1 time)

Sports Illustrated

  • Ranked No. 8 with Bayley of the Top 10 women’s wrestlers of the year (2019)
  • Wrestling Observer Newsletter
  • Worst Feud of the Year (2015) Team PCB vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team Bella
  • Worst Feud of the Year (2018) vs. Bayley


  • NXT Women’s Championship (1 time)
  • WWE Raw Women’s Championship[a] (5 times, current)
  • WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship (2 times, current) – with Bayley
  • NXT Year-End Award (1 time): Match of the Year (2015) vs. Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn
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