Sasha Banks dominated headlines earlier this year after she walked out in the middle of RAW back in May. Banks has been virtually absent from the pro wrestling world since the incident, barring a couple of training sessions here and there. Reports have more or less confirmed that Banks will be appearing at Wrestle Kingdom 17 next year. It seems Banks might be paid more than Chris Jericho for her upcoming NJPW deal.
In the months that followed their walkout, Sasha Banks and Naomi took part in numerous events, including New York Fashion Week and appeared at the premiere of Black Panther 2. Banks, in particular, made it clear she doesn’t want to be associated with WWE on multiple occasions. Sasha Banks will be attending the Wrestle Kingdom 17 event in Tokyo Dome on January 4th, 2023.
While speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer touched upon the recent report about Sasha Banks, and he provided insight into it. In fact, Meltzer noted that Sasha Banks could end up making more money than Chris Jericho did in NJPW.
“Voices of Wrestling said that it was a per-appearance deal at the highest price that Bushiroad has ever paid anyone, and they said it was more than Chris Jericho. Which to me sounds… I don’t know.
Chris Jericho made $100,000 a shot when he was working for New Japan, and, man, $100,000 a shot, she’s gonna have to … with Chris Jericho he was actually underpaid because of how much revenue he drove between New Japan World and ticket sales at the different shows and things like that. But I don’t see her driving that revenue, but I guess we’ll find out.
The Tokyo Dome may be one thing, but for other shows, and a lot of them in the United States, I don’t see where she’s gonna drive $100,000 of extra revenue.
On a per-appearance basis, obviously tons more than she would have made in WWE, but in total, they’re not gonna book her on enough shows to where she would make in the long run what she would make in WWE. It’s only a few shows, she has plenty of time to do other projects, perhaps work for AEW.”
Sasha Banks is also effectively done with WWE. Banks’ NJPW deal is also not through WWE and this didn’t surprise fans either. We will have to wait and see what NJPW will have planned for The Boss, as her pro wrestling journey has only just begun.
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