RAW Superstar Sasha Banks was recently interviewed by Sports Illustrated, where she praised her fans, revealed what her favorite match was and comments on the Special Olympics, as WWE looks to partner up with them this year.
At only 26-years-old, Banks is already a former 4-time RAW Women’s Champion and a former NXT Champion. The Superstar has a bright future ahead of her, and if her involvement with the Special Olympics is anything to go by, she will be one to watch out for.
Banks has a younger brother with autism, so she requested to help WWE officials out with the Special Olympics- something her former rival in Charlotte Flair is also partaking in alongside a number of other WWE Superstars.
The interview with Sports Illustrated had a definitive focus on the Special Olympics, but also on the career of Banks herself. Justin Barrasso asked the former Champion what her favorite match was, to which Banks confirmed what the majority of fans would imagine to be her favorite.
“For me, my absolute number one is my match with Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. There are a lot of other great moments. WrestleMania 32 was so special to me, and having Snoop Dogg come out was incredible. Getting to wrestle in Abu Dhabi and being the first women’s title match there for WWE, words cannot describe going over there and letting people know women can do and overcome anything.
“But being 26, I also feel like the best is yet to come. I feel like I have so much more to accomplish and so much more to prove. After we finish all these ‘first-time-ever’ moments, it’s going to be like, ‘OK, can we out-do that?’ I just want to keep on being the best and continue making history, and leave my legacy in the WWE.”
Banks has consistently been one of the most talked about female wrestlers in history. The fan reception to her character has been overwhelming since she made her debut with NXT and subsequently her main roster debut in 2015. Banks commented on the fans who have supported her all this time.
“I honestly have the best and craziest fans ever,” said Banks. “My fans stand up for me and they’ve been there for me since day one. That comes with WWE: we have the most dedicated fans. There is such a beautiful connection between WWE and the ‘Universe.’ There are so many people you can gravitate to, whether it’s me, or Bayley or Charlotte. There are so many people you can look up to and say, ‘Hey, I want to be like her.’ We have this great connection with the WWE Universe, and it’s amazing that I can do this every week. It’s a lot of fun, especially with the best fans in the whole world.”
Banks, now helping WWE with the Special Olympics, commented on why she decided to help out and what this entire process means to her.
“For me, I wanted to be a part of it because I have a younger brother with autism. I saw what he had to go through, with people making fun of him and telling him he couldn’t do something because he had a disability. So it’s such an honor to help represent the Special Olympics.”
“This is a chance to show that the athletes at Special Olympics are able to overcome anything. WWE partnering up with Special Olympics is such a special thing to my heart. The athletes are so amazing. Every time I meet them, they bring me such a joy and smile to my face. They’re letting the world know that, yes, they have a disability, but they can still accomplish anything. It’s an honor to represent with them.”
“We have to show the world that people are more. It doesn’t matter what their background is or what their disability is, there is a connection. It’s all within the heart. We just have to overcome whatever we’re going through and be one with the world.”
“I want to show that people can overcome anything. Don’t put a label on it. Don’t call it a disability, call people ‘human beings’ and look at one another as people who can accomplish anything.”
Banks and Bayley are expected to fight at Extreme Rules. Most recently, Banks and Bayley were both in councelling in an attempt to solve their differences.
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