Sasha Banks walked out on WWE during the Vince McMahon regime. New Japan Pro Wrestling capitalized on the opportunity and offered The Boss to appear at the upcoming Wrestle Kingdom 17 event. The AEW roster is under the impression Banks will join them somewhere down the line.

Sean Sapp provided an update on Sasha Banks potential arrival in AEW from behind Fightful’s paywall. According to the report, some stars within the promotion think Banks will show up as Saraya’s mystery tag team partner at Dynamite on January 11th.

We’re told that upon arriving in Japan, Mercedes has been out socializing and in good spirits based on those that we spoke to. There were attempts from media outlets to land interviews, but were told that would be up to Mercedes herself if she wished to do them. In speaking with some names in conjunction with the event, they know that Mercedes will be there, but still have not been told what exactly she’s doing, as it’s being kept very quiet. There are even other talent that spoke to her and she didn’t tell them what she’d be doing.

Talent that Fightful speaks to in AEW tell us they’ve been “no sold” when asking about Sasha Banks being Saraya’s partner, but they’re still of the belief it’s her. The fact that it wasn’t shot down either on screen or internally, promoting it a month out, it being a week after her Wrestle Kingdom appearance, and the cast of characters involved in the tag match were all points brought up to us by talent in the company when assuming it was her. However, one talent said they didn’t believe a deal was done or “could have been completed” as of last week because of her contractual ties to WWE.


Sasha Banks flooded her Twitter timeline with “Thank You” tweets ahead of her NJPW appearance. It remains to be seen which side The Boss will join. Stay tuned to Ringside News for more.

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Manik Aftab

Manik Aftab serves as a news writer at Ringside News. He has covered pro wrestling and sports entertainment for a variety of publications, including Sportskeeda Wrestling, The Sportster, and WrestleZone. Outside of his professional duties, Manik likes to indulge in fiction, thrillers, comics, manga, and anime.

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