Sasha Banks reign as women’s champ might have been short lived, but she has made an impact for sure. The ghetto princess has rapidly risen to become my favorite female wrestler in all of the WWE. This fabulous firecracker has a spunky attitude, and can back it up. Some may not like her persona, I love it. Not only is she cute, but she is confident. She can go from 0 to gangster at the roll of an eyeball. I love her style.
So to pay tribute to this Boss Diva, I’ve put together some history on her (under the gallery), along with a collection of the hottest pics I could find of her online.
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About Sasha Banks
Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado (born January 26, 1992) is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where she is a former WWE Women’s Champion and NXT Women’s Champion, performing on the Raw brand under the ring name Sasha Banks.
Varnado previously wrestled on the independent circuit under the ring name Mercedes KV, most notably for Chaotic Wrestling, where she once held the Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship.
Kaestner-Varnado was born in Fairfield, California, and later moved to various places, including Minnesota, to find schools and hospitals for her disabled brother, before settling in Boston, Massachusetts, where she began her wrestling career. She went to school online, and grew up watching All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling. She is of African-American and German descent.
Professional wrestling career
Chaotic Wrestling (2010–2012)
Kaestner-Varnado began training at Chaotic Wrestling, based in Woburn, Massachusetts, in 2008. She made her in-ring debut, under the ring name Mercedes KV, on October 1, 2010 in an intergender tag team match, where she teamed with Nikki Roxx in a losing effort to Alexxis and Danny E. KV and Roxx quickly formed an alliance, teaming together regularly and accompanying each other to ringside. On October 22, Mercedes lost her debut singles match to Danny E., and lost a rematch to him on November 13.
On January 7, 2011, KV earned her first victory when she and Roxx defeated Alexxis and Mistress Belmont in a tag team match. On February 11, KV took part in a five-woman gauntlet match to determine the inaugural Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Champion, but was unsuccessful. She continued competing in singles matches throughout the remainder of 2011, and on December 2, KV defeated Alexxis in a “I Quit” match to win the Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship for the first time.
KV made her first successful title defense against Barbie on January 6. KV faced Luscious Latasha with the championship on the line on January 27, where KV retained the title. KV successfully defended Women’s Championship against Alexxis in a rematch. She then successfully defended the Women’s Championship twice against Nikki Roxx. On June 1, KV defeated Alexxis, Barbie and Mistress Belmont in a fatal four-way match to retain the championship. Following her win, KV became the longest reigning Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Champion in history by breaking Alexxis’s previous record of 182 days. KV went on to defend and successfully retain the championship against Barbie on June 24, against Aida Marie on July 20, and on August 17 against Kasey Ray. KV made her final appearance for Chaotic Wrestling on August 18, where she lost to Ivy Fit in a non-title match. On August 18, the Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship was declared vacant after Kaestner-Varnado signed a contract with WWE, ending her reign at 260 days.
Other promotions (2010–2012)
KV, under the ring name Miss Mercedes, debuted for National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) on November 19, 2010, where she faced Julian Starr in a losing effort. On the following two nights, Mercedes defeated Sheik Ali and Nick Fahrenheit in singles matches. Mercedes began to feud with The Great Cheyenne, losing to her on several occasions. On August 9, she faced Arlene in a singles match, where Mercedes emerged victorious.
In June 2012, Kaestner-Varnado participated in a WWE tryout camp and on August 18, it was announced that she had been signed to a contract. She was assigned to NXT, WWE’s developmental territory, where she adopted the ring name Sasha Banks. She made her televised debut on NXT on December 12, 2012, losing to Paige. Banks’ first televised win on NXT was on the January 23, 2013 episode against Alicia Fox. Banks then entered a storyline where she received letters from a secret admirer, who was eventually revealed to be Audrey Marie, who returned and attacked Banks on the February 20 episode of NXT, due to Marie’s jealousy of Banks’ success. Marie went on to defeat Banks in a match later that episode. Banks’ feud with Marie came to an end on the April 3 episode of NXT, when Banks teamed with Paige to defeat Marie and Summer Rae. On the June 19 episode of NXT, Banks competed in the NXT Women’s Championship tournament to determine the inaugural champion, but lost to Summer Rae in the first round.
After weeks of influence by Summer Rae to make herself relevant, Banks was defeated by the NXT Women’s Champion Paige on the September 11 episode of NXT. After the match, Paige attempted to console Banks, leading to Banks attacking Paige. Two weeks later, Banks defeated Bayley, while accompanied by Rae. After the match, Banks cut a promo with Rae and debuted a new gimmick as “The Boss”. Banks and Rae, who dubbed themselves the BFFs (Beautiful, Fierce Females), faced Paige and Emma on the October 16 episode of NXT, where they emerged victorious. On the November 13 episode of NXT, the BFFs defeated Bayley and Charlotte in a tag team match, when Charlotte attacked Bayley and aligned herself with Banks and Rae. In mid-January 2014, as Rae moved up to WWE’s main roster, Banks and Charlotte began a rivalry with Bayley, who had aligned herself with Natalya, and lost in both singles and tag team matches. On April 6, Banks made an appearance at WrestleMania XXX, as a part of Triple H’s entrance. In May, Banks entered a tournament for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship, defeating Bayley in the first round, but losing to Natalya in the semi-finals. On the July 3 episode of NXT, Banks and Charlotte defeated Bayley and Becky Lynch. After the match, Charlotte left Banks to be attacked by Bayley, with Banks later disbanding the BFFs in a backstage segment.
On the August 14 episode of NXT, Banks lost to Bayley in a match to determine the number one contender to the NXT Women’s Championship. At NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way, Banks attacked Bayley after her title match with Charlotte, before Charlotte stopped her. Becky Lynch turned on Bayley and aligned herself with Banks on the October 23 episode of NXT, after Banks defeated Bayley in a singles match. Banks promptly began feuding with Women’s Champion Charlotte, leading to a match between the two at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution with Charlotte’s championship on the line, which Banks lost. She received a rematch on the December 25 episode of NXT, where she was once again unsuccessful. Banks first appeared on WWE’s main roster on the December 30, 2014 episode of Main Event, where she lost to Charlotte in a non-title match. On January 21, 2015, Banks received another title match against Charlotte, which she lost after Becky Lynch attacked Charlotte, causing a disqualification, which led to dissension between Banks and Lynch.
On February 11, at NXT TakeOver: Rival, Banks won the NXT Women’s Championship by pinning Charlotte in a fatal four-way match that also involved Lynch and Bayley. Banks successfully retained her championship against Charlotte in a rematch on the March 4 episode of NXT, and against Alexa Bliss on March 25. At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, Banks defended and retained the title against Becky Lynch. On the July 8 episode of NXT, Banks teamed with Charlotte to defeat Emma and Dana Brooke. After the match, Charlotte challenged Banks to an NXT Women’s Championship match, which Banks accepted. They had their championship match the following week on the July 15 episode of NXT, in which Banks retained the championship. Afterwards, the two shared a hug and Charlotte raised Banks’s hand as a sign of respect.
At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, Banks lost the NXT Women’s Championship to Bayley, ending her reign at 192 days. After the match, Banks celebrated with Bayley and former rivals Becky Lynch and Charlotte. The match was highly praised by critics, and would win Match of the Year at the NXT Year-End Awards. On the September 16 episode of NXT, General Manager William Regal announced that Bayley would defend the title against Banks in the main event of NXT TakeOver: Respect, in the first ever women’s 30-minute Iron Man match in WWE history. At the event on October 7, Bayley defeated Banks, scoring the win with 3 falls to 2, in what would be her last match in NXT.