Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado, popularly known by her W.W.E. ring name Sasha Banks, was born on January 26, 1992. She is an American professional wrestler and actress. Banks began wrestling at 17. She used to wrestle on the independent circuit, most notably for Chaotic Wrestling, where she held the Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship at one point. Banks has eight championship reigns between W.W.E. and their developmental brand N.X.T. In 2019, Banks made her acting debut as Koska Reeves in season two of the critically acclaimed show “The Mandalorian.” Let’s celebrate her special day here.
Sasha Banks was born Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado on January 26, 1992, in Fairfield, California, U.S.A. She is of mixed ethnicity and American nationality (German and African American descent). Except for her autistic brother, little is known about her family. Banks and her family traveled extensively, searching for schools and hospitals for her brother. She later stated that she treated her brother as if she was his second mother. Banks is an American professional wrestler currently signed to W.W.E.’s Raw brand. In the world of women’s wrestling, she is one of the most talented people. In W.W.E., she is popular for her extravagant looks and highly effective wrestling moves.
She later moved to Boston, Massachusetts, and completed her education entirely online. Banks admired Eddie Guerrero very much. She grew up watching a show called “All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling.” She had a strong desire to train since she was ten years old. Meanwhile, her mother disapproved of wrestling and didn’t want her to pursue it as a career. In 2008, Banks began her training at Chaotic Wrestling, an independent American wrestling promotion based in Woburn, Massachusetts. After defeating Alexxis Nevaeh in December 2011, she won her first title, “The Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship.”
She changed her ring name to Sasha Banks after signing a contract with W.W.E. in August 2012. Besides winning the W.W.E. Raw Women’s Championship four times, she has also won the N.X.T. Women’s Championship and earned the ‘NXT Year-End Award’ for ‘Match of the Year’ (2015). In addition, she made an appearance in the popular video game, “W.W.E. 2K17.”
Banks married Sarath Ton, a fellow wrestler who works as a costume designer for W.W.E., in August 2016. She stayed out of the ring for a few months because of an undisclosed injury. Later, she returned to W.W.E. television in October 2018 to compete in the first-ever all-pay–per–view women’s Evolution. She paired with Bayley to compete for the Tag Team Championship on February 17. However, they lost their championship to The IIconics at WrestleMania 35.
Her first match takes place under the ring name Mercedes K.V.
She makes her debut in W.W.E. N.X.T. under the new ring name Sasha Banks.
She defeats Alexa Bliss at SummerSlam 2017, becoming the RAW Women’s Champion for the fourth time.
Banks is out of action for six to eight weeks after injuring her leg while wrestling Charlotte Flair.
Why We Love Sasha Banks
She’s equally impressive outside of the ring
She not only has the look and charisma of her in-ring character, but she also has a fantastic personality in real life. She’s hilarious, and she’s constantly interacting with her fans on social media.
She is genuinely the “legit boss”
Like her idol the late great Eddie Guerrero, Banks is an in-ring technician. There are many resemblances between Banks and Guerrero’s styles.
She calls herself “the best”
We all love a queen, and she is one. She is super confident in what she does, and we all love her for that.
5 Surprising Facts
She’s Snoop Dog’s cousin
The rapper is Bank’s cousin, and he has always supported her.
She was cast in “The Mandalorian”
The creator, Jon Favreau, saw her eating hot wings on the YouTube series “Hot Ones” and cast her.
She was homeschooled
Banks dropped out of regular school to care for her autistic brother and help her mother find work.
She has action figures of two universes
Banks is the only person in the world whose likeness has been immortalized in a W.W.E. and “Star Wars” action figure.
She loves Asian pop culture
Serena is her favorite character from “Sailor Moon,” and she describes herself as a massive fan of Asian pop culture.
Sasha Banks FAQs
Is Sasha Banks related to Daz Dillinger?
Yes, she is related to music producer Daz Dillinger.
Are Sasha Banks and Bayley still friends?
Yes, Banks and Bayley have ended their feuds, and they are friends now.
Did Sasha Banks sing her own theme song?
No, Snoop Dog helped her in producing the remix version.
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