Sasha Banks is The Standard, The Leader, The Blueprint, The Conversation, and The Legit Boss. She got a lot of fitting nicknames for someone as skilled as she is. But how well do you know the competitor behind the names? Here are thirty facts you need to know about Sasha Banks.
Wrestling first caught Sasha’s eye when she was ten-year-old. She kept notebooks with results of every wrestling show. She reached out to her first wrestling school at age 12 but was turned away because she was too young. When the Blueprint turned 18 though, she signed up for a fantasy camp in North Andover, Massachusetts. Her family traveled all over to find the right doctors and schools for her brother with a disability. Finally, when she was 16, her family moved to Boston and it was home.
Banks was an avid fan of Eddie Guerrero growing up. Her gear at WrestleMania 32 was inspired by him. If you closely, Sasha appears on the 900th episode of Raw, cheering right behind the commentary booth, presumably yelling, it’s boss time to Michael Cole throughout the show.
Banks tried out for WWE from June 3rd to June 8th, 2012. By September 17th, she was signed and reported to the Former Championship Wrestling. Sasha’s first match in NXT came against Paige on December 12th, 2012. Banks’ first words on WWE programming came in January 2013, clearly ecstatic to start her NXT journey.
By September 2013, the bubbly, happy-go-lucky Banks was gone, and a new boss was born. Sasha aligned herself with Summer Rae to form the BFX, which would also later include Charlotte Flair. The Bank’s Statement Submission hold has been a fixture of the Boss’ matches as she made superstar tapout for more tan six years now. She first employed the finisher on the May 1st, 2014 episode of NXT against Bayley.
The Standard was the final superstar revealed during the iconic introduction of the Women’s Evolution on the July 13th, 2015 episode of RAW. Banks was the reigning NXT champion at the time of her debut. She sided with Naomi and Tamina to form Team B.A.D. Sasha is four-time RAW Women champion, holding the title for 80 days. She defeated Charlotte Flair for three of those titles, including a win in the Epicenter of Flair country Charlotte, North Carolina.
The Boss was the 13th pick in the 2016 brand extension draft, heading to RAW where she would continue to make Women’s wrestling history. Sasha and Bayley were the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions in 2019 and recaptured the titles in June 2020. Sasha was first entrant in the first Women’s Royal Rumble match, lasting more than 54 minutes. Banks also competed in WWE’s first iron woman match, battling Bayley at NXT TakeOver respect. This was also the first WWE special featuring a women’s match to close out the show.
Sasha competed in the first women’s elimination chamber match in 2018. She also battled Charlotte Flair in the first Women’s Hell in a Cell match in 2016. Banks faced Alexa Bliss in WWE’s first ever match in Abu Dhabi in 2018. Sasha has competed at the last five WrestleManias and WrestleMania kickoffs. But she has yet to secure a victory on the Grandest Stage of Them All. She married to Sarath Ton, AKA Mikaze of UpUp DownDown. He’s also a WWE Costume Designer.
Sasha has a Corgi named Ryu Maivia. Her cousin is Snoop Dogg. The rap Legend sang Banks in the ring for her WrestleMania debut in 2016, and in 2019, Banks unveiled a new remixed version of her theme song by Snoop. Sasha regularly trains with a clean High Flyer Amazing Red at House of glory Wrestling in Queens, New York. WWE Hall of Famer Trish Stratus remains to be one of the Blueprint’s dream opponent. We got a quick taste of it at Royal Rumble 2018. She’s a big fan of K-Pop music and Korean films.