Three-time Raw Women’s Champion Sasha Banks was recently interviewed by the Wrestling News Source Podcast where she discussed her chemistry with Bayley dating back to their NXT days, advice for upcoming wrestling hopefuls and the much anticipated Mae Young Classic. Highlights and transcript of the interview (courtesy of WrestleZone) below.
Her chemistry with Bayley: “It was a love/hate relationship. We have so much in common. We love this business so much and you know talking to her more, her dream was to be a wrestler when she was 10. My dream was to be a wrestler when I was 10. I wanted to change the definition of what it was to be a woman in WWE and she had the exact same feelings. So, it was just that mutual love for this knowing that we always wanted to steal the show. And getting the opportunity at NXT Brooklyn and just hearing that crowd. We tore the house down. Honestly, I can’t wait to do it again. I can’t wait to tie up with her again. But, that’s all in due time. Ever since then, from that very moment the women’s revolution has just been taking over. And from there I got to main event a WWE pay per view with Charlotte at Hell In A Cell. The first ever woman’s match in hell in a cell and it’s been just such a whirlwind of excitement. It’s so crazy.”
Thoughts minutes before her historic Hell in a Cell match: “First of all, I came out in an SUV I wasn’t really walking because I’m The Boss you know what I’m saying? It was in my hometown and I remember being like ‘Holy crap man! We are making history.’ It’s moments like that where you just have to stand still and look around. We’ve come such a long way for the women and the men. But even then, getting to be part of Wrestlemania and having these great matches. The Smackdown women are going to be competing in the first ever women’s Money In The Bank. Of course I’m really jealous but I’m so happy to see where this Women’s division has taken it and grown. It’s so incredible.”
Advice for fans who want to follow her footsteps: “First of all it makes me feel super old. It’s so crazy seeing little girls and even guys come up to me and say ‘I want to be a wrestler because of you’. It makes my heart so happy and it gives me goosebumps. Because I know that feeling of when I was a little girl and I looked up to my favorite wrestlers knowing ai wanted to be in their footsteps. And now knowing little girls and guys want to be in my footsteps. It’s really surreal. It’s an honor. Being a role model is legit number one for me. I just want to make little girls proud and know if they have a dream they can do it as long as they put their heart, their passion and everything into it they can accomplish anything.”
On the Mae Young Classic Tournament: “Anytime when comes to like a big show or match, I go down to Brooklyn, New York and work with Amazing Red. His students are incredible. There’s this woman named Sonya Strong and she loves this so much and I love her passion for and so I really want to try and push her in this women’s classic. I think this is a great opportunity for women all over the world. And finding out we were going to have our own tournament after seeing these guys get it year after year. The women deserve it too. I think it’s going to be the best tournament out of all of them we’ve had so far and I can’t wait to go down and support them.”
Sasha also discusses her transition from NXT to the main roster, her love for anime and being part of WWE’s Women’s Revolution.
You can listen to the full interview below:
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