|Ring Names||Sasha Banks|
|Height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Weight||114 lb (52 kg)|
|Born||January 26, 1992 (26)|
|Trained by|| Brian Fury |
Sara Del Rey
|Debut||August 8, 2010|
Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado is an American professional wrestler currently signed to WWE, where she performs on the Raw brand under the ring name Sasha Banks.
Some people are born Bosses. Others have Bossness thrust upon them. Sasha Banks is the former, although she didn’t always know it.
An independent wrestler out of Boston, Banks worked her way through various promotions before finally getting a foot in the door in WWE NXT. Eventually, the quiet but talented young woman found her voice and realized that, well, she kind of ruled. The Boss was born. Since then, Banks hasn’t looked back for a second, though she turned plenty of heads throughout her astounding rise to dominance within NXT’s ultra-competitive women’s division.
As one of Full Sail’s “Four Horsewomen,” Banks helped usher in a new era of competition that would eventually make its way to WWE’s main roster. Joining up with Naomi and Tamina to form Team B.A.D., Sasha honed her skills by taking on some of the most talented Superstars WWE has to offer, from Becky Lynch to Nikki Bella. As if cult-hero status wasn’t enough — no matter her alignment, “We Want Sasha!” chants are a given — she’s already made history only a few years into her young career as part of the first-ever women’s WWE Iron Man Match in history.
So, yeah. Sasha’s a Boss, and only further Bossness awaits.
Other media Edit
Banks has appeared in two WWE video games. She made her in-game debut in WWE 2K17 and appears in WWE 2K18.
Personal life Edit
Kaestner-Varnado is a first cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg, who helped develop her in-ring persona. She is also a first cousin of music producer Daz Dillinger and singers Brandy Norwood and Ray J. She is a fan of K-pop music and the anime Sailor Moon.
Kaestner-Varnado married Sarath Ton, better known as Kid Mikaze, a fellow professional wrestler who works for WWE as a costume designer, on August 4, 2016.
Kaestner-Varnado has cited Eddie Guerrero as her favorite wrestler. She was in attendance at Guerrero's memorial episode of Raw on November 14, 2005 in Minneapolis, and she also revealed that she was unaware that Guerrero had died before she arrived at the arena
Kaestner-Varnado is a Christian.
In wrestling Edit
- Finishing moves
- As Mercedes KV
- Roundhouse kick
- Wheelbarrow bulldog
- As Sasha Banks
- Bankrupt (Straight jacket neckbreaker slam) — 2013–2014; used as a signature move thereafter
- Bank Statement (Bridging crossface, often transitioned from a double knee backbreaker, or as a counter to a roll-up) — 2014–present
- As Mercedes KV
- Signature moves
- Diving double knee drop to an opponent trapped between the turnbuckles
- Meteora, sometimes while running
- Frog splash – adopted from Eddie Guerrero
- High knee to a cornered opponent
- Japanese arm drag
- Kneeling jawbreaker
- Monkey flip
- Multiple forehand chops
- Multiple pinning variations
- Roll-up, sometimes while bridging
- Small package
- Wheelbarrow victory roll
- Springboard arm drag
- Straight jacket, sometimes preceded by a double knee backbreaker
- Suicide dive
- Tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown
- "The (Legit) Boss"
- Entrance themes
- "Kookie Dough" by WWE (WWE/NXT 2012-2013)
- "Fastest Girl Alive" (instrumental) by David W. Ayers (NXT; 2013 – 2014)
- "Sky's the Limit" by CFO$ (NXT/WWE; August 28, 2014 – present)
- "Amazing" by CFO$ ft. Trinity Fatu (WWE; July 13, 2015 – January 9, 2016; used as a member of Team B.A.D.)
- "Unity" by CFO$ ft. J-Frost (WWE; January 9, 2016 – February 1, 2016; used as a member of Team B.A.D.)
Championships and accomplishments Edit
- Chaotic Wrestling
- Chaotic Wrestling Women's Championship (1 time)
- Independent Wrestling Entertainment
- IWE Women's Championship (1 time)
- Pro Wrestling Illustrated
- Feud of the Year (2016) vs. Charlotte Flair
- Match of the Year (2015) vs. Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Respect
- Woman of the Year (2015)
- Ranked No. 2 of the top 50 female wrestlers in the PWI Female 50 in 2016
- Ring Wars Carolina
- RWC No Limitz Championship (1 time)
- Rolling Stone
- Future Diva of the Year (2015)
- NXT Match of the Year (2015) vs. Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn
- Title Feud of the Year, NXT (2015) vs. Bayley for the NXT Women's Championship
- Teen Choice Awards
- Choice Female Athlete (2017) (nominated, results pending)
- Wrestling Observer Newsletter
- Worst Feud of the Year (2015) Team PCB vs. Team B.A.D. vs. Team Bella
- WWE Raw Women's Championship1 (4 times)
- WWE NXT
1 During Banks' first reign, the championship was called the WWE Women's Championship. Before her second reign, the title became exclusive to Raw as a result of the 2016 brand extension draft, and it was renamed to Raw Women's Championship after SmackDown created the SmackDown Women's Championship.