Sasha Banks reflects on some of her favorite matches.
Coming out of her loss to Bianca Belair at WrestleMania 37 in April, Sasha Banks recently made her return to WWE television to set up the rematch between herself and Belair that is taking place at SummerSlam on August 21st.
With SummerSlam being one week away, Banks guest appeared on the Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker show to promote the event and during their conversation, she reflected on several of her favorite matches from her WWE career. Both matches that Banks mentioned included Bayley which were their Hell In A Cell and TakeOver: Brooklyn bouts.
I have had a ton but yes, that has to be definitely one of my top five matches of all-time [TakeOver: Brooklyn with Bayley] because of what I wanted to leave on the table at that time. I wanted fans to be like, ‘That was the greatest women’s match of all-time.’ I wanted people to talk about it because I was being called up on the main roster. I was on the main roster for like two months and I just wanted to show not only WWE, but the women, that we can do it just like the men, no matter what the limits [are] to it and it’s crazy that still to this day for that match, that’s the number one match where fans come up to me and say, ‘Thank you, that got me into wrestling. Thank you, now my mom wants to watch it. Thank you, now my daughter wants to be a wrestler and thank you, just thank you’ and it’s just like what? I can make people feel that way from something that I love and just from my work, the passion that I put into it? It’s so cool. That’s definitely, definitely one of my top five but if I have to say in recent memories, I think Hell In A Cell with Bayley was definitely one of my favorite matches just because what a brutal match. I was so nervous going in just because the year before, that match destroyed me, and me and Bayley’s chemistry is just like no other. She is just someone that I trust so much in the ring that we don’t need to even talk and definitely don’t need to talk [about] something so dangerous like that type of match. I know that she has me no matter what, whatever type of match that we have in that ring together.
Banks is looking forward to mixing it up with the likes of Toni Storm, Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart who are fresh faces to the SmackDown brand.
She discussed being able to adapt to different opponents in the ring and used Zelina Vega and Nia Jax as examples of how she approaches being in the ring with different talents.
There’s everything and that’s why I try to be the best. I try to have skills in every single category. When I’m in the ring with someone like, say a Zelina [Vega] or a Nia Jax, I have to change up my game because those are two completely different type of players that I’m gonna be in the ring with. I study like nobody else. I wanna have the greatest women’s matches with every single person I’m in the ring with so, I think of it as a game. Like how can I make this the greatest match tonight and how can this be the best match ever with this person I’m in the ring with?
One name that Banks is also looking forward to working with is former Raw Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley. Sasha stated that she is impressed by how good Ripley is at her age.
[Rhea Ripley] is killing it. She is awesome. I hope to work with her one day. She’s an up-and-comer and I can’t believe how young she is and I watch her and I’m like, ‘Wow, she’s talented.’
Along with Banks versus Belair, there are six other matches on the SummerSlam card and thus far, only one is not for a championship.
- Raw Women’s Championship — Triple-Threat Match: Nikki A.S.H. (c) vs. Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley
- WWE Universal Championship: Roman Reigns (c) (w/ Paul Heyman) vs. John Cena
- WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley (c) (w/ MVP) vs. Goldberg
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Usos (Jimmy & Jey Uso) (c) vs. Dominik & Rey Mysterio
- SmackDown Women’s Championship: Bianca Belair (c) vs. Sasha Banks
- Edge vs. Seth Rollins
- WWE United States Championship: Sheamus (c) vs. Damian Priest
If the quotes in this article are used, please credit Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker with an H/T to POST Wrestling for the transcriptions.