Sasha Banks debuted in WWE NXT back in 2012 and in just three years, she became a huge deal thanks to her all-time best feud with Bayley. Eventually, Banks was called up to the main roster and went on to become a multi-time Women’s Champion as well as a Tag Team Champion. Unfortunately, Banks’ status in WWE is non-existent now, as she is heading for greener pastures, notably NJPW. While Banks had a very successful career in WWE, it seems the company didn’t see her as a future main event star.
The Boss has defeated the likes of Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair to win the RAW and Smackdown Women’s Championships in the past. Banks was also seen as a massive star by fans no matter what.
According to Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Sasha Banks asked WWE for a deal similar to what Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair are getting. However, WWE didn’t give her an offer anywhere near theirs, because the company does not see Sasha Banks as a future main event star.
She was said to be seeking a number along the levels of Becky Lynch and Charlotte Flair and those internally have said she wasn’t offered numbers close to that. They said that she’s not seen internally as somebody who would be on top for the next five years, but is seen as someone who could get a singles or tag team title run, but has peaked as a star aside from the reality that was acknowledged that if she would return, there would be a “honeymoon” period where people would go nuts for her.”
As previously reported, Sasha Banks is set to attend the Wrestle Kingdom 17 event in Tokyo Dome on January 4th, 2023. In fact, NJPW wants to bring Banks in to build up STARDOM’s public perception. It remains to be seen how successful Banks will be in NJPW.
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