Sasha Banks shocked the world when she walked out of the company along with her tag team partner Naomi earlier this year, thereby vacating the Women’s Tag Team Titles. Since the infamous, walkout, the two have made a few public appearances.

While Naomi’s name hasn’t been mentioned on WWE programming since her departure, Sasha Banks’ name was brought up organically few times, which sparked rumors that she may be returning to the company under the new regime.

Those rumors of Sasha Banks returning to WWE right away were squashed recently when reports started doing the rounds that The Boss will be at Wrestle Kingdom next year. Many fans started speculating that Sasha will wrestle for NJPW in the future.

Now, PW Insider is reporting that Banks has arrived in Japan ahead of Wrestle Kingdom 17 which will be held on January 4th inside the Tokyo Dome.


Wrestle Kingdom is NJPW’s biggest event of the year and promises an exciting night of action. The full match card for the show is as follows:

  • Exhibition match: Ryohei Oiwa vs. Noltin Oleg
  • New Japan Ranbo to determine the #1 contender to the Provisional KOPW 2023 Trophy
  • Antonio Inoki Memorial Six-Man Tag Team Match: Yuji Nagata, Satoshi Kojima, & Togi Makabe vs. Tatsumi Fujinami, Minoru Suzuki, & Tiger Mask
  • IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championship: Catch 2/2 (c) vs. LiYoh
  • IWGP Women’s Championship: Kairi (c) vs. Tam Nakano
  • IWGP Tag Team Championship: FTR (c) vs. Bishamon
  • Tournament Final for the inaugural NJPW World Television Championship: Zack Sabre Jr. vs. Ren Narita
  • Never Openweight Championship: Karl Anderson (c) vs. Tama Tonga
  • Keiji Muto, Hiroshi Tanahashi, & Shota Umino vs. Los Ingobernables de Japon
  • Four-Way Match for the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Taiji Ishimori (c) vs. El Desperado vs. Hiromu Takahashi vs. Master Wato
  • IWGP United States Heavyweight Championship: Will Ospreay (c) vs. Kenny Omega
  • IWGP World Heavyweight Championship: Jay White (c) vs. Kazuchika Okada

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Sunil Joseph

Passionate pro wrestling fan. Sunil has been writing WWE content writing for over the last five years. Sunil still gets excited when he gets to tell people that he gets paid to watch pro wrestling.

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