Sasha Banks remains one of the biggest topics of discussion in pro wrestling right now, which all started after she walked out in the middle of Raw back in May. The ramifications of her actions continue to be felt, as they completely divided the pro wrestling world in many ways. It is also more or less done deal that Banks will be appearing in NJPW very soon. Now it seems the company wanted to bring Banks in due to her mainstream appeal.

As previously reported, Sasha Banks is set to attend the Wrestle Kingdom 17 event in Tokyo Dome on January 4th, 2023. This will mark her first appearance for wrestling promotion in months. It was also reported that Sasha Banks is done with WWE.

For those who do not know, Sasha Banks was a part of Disney+’s Star Wars: The Mandalorian, where she portrayed the role of Koska Reeves in season 2 of the series. She even performed some pro wrestling moves, which impressed fans.

According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Sasha Banks’ current deal with NJPW will also see her compete in STARDOM for one date. It was also added that NJPW wanted to bring in Banks due to her mainstream appeal, especially because of her role in The Mandalorian.


“The deal is with New Japan but would include one date for Stardom. That would be for a show that is expected in April, but the company had planned for the biggest show in its history, which will tentatively be announced on 12/29 at the Stardom Sumo Hall show.

This was the show we had talked about previously, believed to be at a venue near Tokyo. They are hoping that her crossover appeal to WWE fans and Star Wars fans can help them with one major show, with the idea of that show to build the perception to the public of the company.

Their belief is that with 5.6 million Instagram followers and 2.4 million Twitter followers, far more than any of their talent, that she has gigantic mainstream appeal.”

Sasha Banks’ WWE exit was negotiated months ago. Banks will also be making lot of money with her NJPW deal. We will have to wait and see how The Boss will be booked once she makes her debut in NJPW next year.

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Subhojeet Mukherjee

Subhojeet is a professional wrestling fan for over 22 years. He got captivated by the sport during the Monday Night Wars and has a passion for it ever since. He also enjoys TV shows, movies, anime, novels and music, which broadens his perspective and appreciation for wrestling. He is a knowledgeable and respected voice in the industry.

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