Sasha Banks is one of the biggest name in WWE right now, whether or not she holds a Championship title.
She is having a hard time in her storyline right now. She first lost her RAW Women’s title to Asuka at SummerSlam, and then the Tag Team Championship she held with Bayley to Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler. Finally, her longtime friend and tag team partner Bayley turned on her.
The two will face again at Hell in a Cell on October 25, with Bayley putting her SmackDown Women’s title on the line.
Recently appearing on the The New Day: Feel the Power podcast, Sasha Banks talked about a bunch of things. Among them were about facing racism in her childhood, and why she does not want to be a ‘role model’ for young kids (h/t WrestlingNews.co).
Sasha Banks on not wanting to be a Role Model
Banks was asked if she considers herself a role model for little girls who want to follow her footsteps and get into pro wrestling. Role Model is also a name used by her former partner and current rival, Bayley.
Banks said that she cannot have that kind of pressure on her. She tries to do the best she can for herself. If that encourages young girls to take inspiration, that’s the best she can hope for.
“I can only be me. I can’t have that pressure. I can only do the best I can for myself. If little girls want to look up to that and take a little bit for themselves, then that’s all I can do. I can’t be like, hey, you have to follow my lead. You have to be yourself. You have to find your own journey. You have to see what works for you guys. You can take little pieces from everybody, but I’m just trying to be the best I can be.”
On how wrestling helped her in childhood
Banks revealed that the first time she experienced racism as a child was while living in California. She recollected the time when someone threw the n-word at her on the street and how it made her feel small and scared.
Banks started watching wrestling and decided to take it up as her profession. She wanted to become a professional wrestler and break out of her fear.
“Instantly I became so shy and so scared. I started watching wrestling and I thought this is who I am going to be. I am going to be larger than life and be someone I can’t be right now and I have to break this fear. Ever since I laid eyes on wrestling, I always had my mind set on that this is going to save me. This is what will break me away from being this scared little child.”
Banks also revealed that she doubted and questioned herself during her early days in WWE. She even thought that the company was going to release her. But Tyler Breeze helped her come up with five different characters. One of them was The Boss persona, which clicked instantly and she still uses that one in WWE.
Banks is excited about her role in the season 2 of Star Wars spinoff show The Mandalorian. She said she cannot talk much about it yet because it is all so “secretive”. But she is beyond excited to be a part of such a huge franchise.
“I’m so excited and can’t wait for everybody to see it. Season 2 is going to be so incredible.”
— Star Wars (@starwars) October 20, 2020