The former WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion Sasha Banks might have to wait to make her first non-WWE appearance. Her non-compete clause might be a lot longer than 90 days, which means that fans hoping to see her in AEW would have to wait at least a year if she decides to continue wrestling.
Sasha Banks might be signing with AEW
Sasha Banks was released as per the WrestlingInc and Raj Giri. New reports have emerged that noted her presence on the WWE’s internal roster. WrestleVotes stated that Sasha Banks has indeed been released from her WWE contract. However, PWInsider noted that she is seemingly with WWE. WWE doesn’t care anymore about Sasha Banks walkout. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, the backstage opinion of the whole Banks situation had changed.
It was noted on Wednesday, that Banks was announced for next month’s C2E2 convention in Chicago. Banks is being advertised under her real name and it’s a non-wrestling appearance.
Fightful reported that many wrestling conventions have reached out to her but they were told that she could not appear until 2023. Non-wrestling convention organizers were given a specific rate to book her while wrestling-related promoters were told that she wasn’t taking wrestling-related bookings until January 1, which would be the soonest she can go to AEW.
WWE is yet to officially confirm her release and there are conflicting reports on her status. While there were reports saying that she was released weeks ago, other reports state that although she’s no longer on the internal roster, she still has not been released from her contract.
It remains unclear if her decision not to accept wrestling bookings this year is a personal preference or because of what was agreed on by both parties. Nothing is confirmed unless one party speaks on the situation. However, there is a possibility that the terms of her release stated that she would not be able to wrestle or work for any wrestling-related company until January. She was also recently edited out from a video package that WWE recently released.