What’s Going On With Sasha Banks?

Cutting through the 'rumor and innuendo' regarding Sasha Banks' situation

Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks has been a hot topic of conversation in the wrestling world this past week. Since WrestleMania, there has been a lot of news about her future with WWE. In an effort to provide some clarity, we’ve compiled this timeline of events regarding Sasha Banks’ week.

Sasha Banks’ WrestleMania Loss

Sasha Banks and Bayley lost the Women’s Tag Team Championships at WrestleMania. They dropped the titles to the IIconics in a fatal 4-way match. This was surprising on a few levels. Banks and Bayley vowed to be fighting champions by defending the titles on Raw, SmackDown and NXT.

As cornerstones of WWE’s Women’s Evolution emphasizing wrestling ability and athleticism, Sasha and Bayley were an appropriate pick to legitimize the new titles. Their reign only lasted 49 days and the new champions represent the ‘Diva’ archetype of yesteryear.

Monday Fallout

On Monday, Sasha Banks posted a few introspective tweets questioning what she’d do differently if she could “start again.”

“There is something about the way life happens today that makes it hard to look ahead,” Banks wrote. “There are things that make it difficult to laugh; difficult to live the way you want. There are things that make it almost impossible to trust where you are, or to believe in where you want to be. You look around and life is happening way too fast. Sometimes it feels like the moments are gone. Everything happens all at once and right away.”

She continued, “We’re marching towards a destiny we cannot understand, towards the kingdom of convenient. Then one day you look up and you can’t find the meaning. Your crisis of purpose and passion is acting up, but they tell you that that’s supposed to be normal. Well… I don’t want normal, I want magic; cause that’s the place that feels like home to me. That’s the place where I remember what dreams look like, where meaning is effortless, and purpose is simple. That’s the place where love still matters. I want that feeling of coming home again. I want to feel like myself….. I want that magic.”

Dave Meltzer wrote in this week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter, “She missed Raw on Monday and had been scheduled.”

Sasha Banks Misses Scheduled TV Appearance

Sasha Banks missed a scheduled appearance on the Wendy Williams Show on Tuesday. She did not appear. Page Six reported that the last-minute cancellation left Wendy and her staff fuming.

“She won’t be booked again,” an insider told Page Six. “She didn’t give a real reason for canceling, and she did it only hours before the show tapes, so production was left scrambling to fill her spot.”

Banks apologized on Twitter for missing the appearance due to “personal reasons.”

Wendy Williams commented on the situation on-air. She told viewers Sasha Banks had a “family emergency” and is welcome back in the future.

Sean Ross Sapp of Fightful commented on the situation. “Whatever the situation surrounding Sasha Banks, many on the SmackDown crew had no idea that she’d even missed her morning obligation (despite her tweeting about it), let alone were clued in about what is going on.”

Sasha Banks Tries To Quit WWE?

This week’s Wrestling Observer Newsletter shed new light on the situation. Dave Meltzer wrote, “According to one person high up, Banks tried to quit over the weekend, as she felt blindsided when finding out at the last minute that they were taking the tag team titles from her and Bayley.”

Meltzer noted that WWE taking the titles of her and Bayley was a big factor in Sasha’s hiatus from WWE. “Basically she has been given a few weeks to think things out before sticking to a choice the company believes may have been made as a rash decision. Anyway, that’s been largely confirmed by others but probably will be denied very quickly.”

Dominican Republic Vacation

Sasha Banks and her husband were spotted vacationing in the Dominican Republic with Kalisto and his wife.

Making A Scene At WrestleMania?

Sasha Banks and Bayley reportedly made their unhappiness known at backstage at WrestleMania.

“The Man” Enters The Mix

Becky Lynch, the reigning queen of both Raw and SmackDown’s women’s divisions, called out Sasha Banks Friday afternoon.

Sasha’s Husband’s Posts Inspirational Message

Mikaze, a WWE costume designer and husband of Sasha Banks, posted an inspirational message on social media about life’s big decisions. Maybe it’s completely unrelated to Sasha Banks’ situation, but it seems relevant.