Mercedes KV at EWA in Feeding Hills, MA 2/12/12
|Ring name(s)||Mercedes KV
|Billed height||5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)|
|Billed weight||114 lb (52 kg)|
January 26, 1992 |
|Billed from||Cambridge, Massachusetts
|Trained by||Brian Fury
|Debut||August 8, 2010|
Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado (born January 26, 1992) is an American professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE, where she competes in their developmental territory NXT Wrestling as Sasha Banks. She is also known for her time on the Northeastern United States independent circuit.
Professional wrestling career 
Chaotic Wrestling (2010–2012) 
Mercedes KV started her wrestling career in Chaotic Wrestling, where she was trained. She made her in ring debut on October 1, 2010 in an intergender tag team match, where she teamed with Nikki Roxx in a lossing effort to Alexxis and Danny E. Mercedes 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, Mercedes got her first victory when she and Roxx defeated Alexxis and Mistress Belmont in a tag team match. On February 11, Mercedes took part in a five-women gauntlet match to determinate 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, Mercedes defeated Alexxis in an "I Quit" match to win the Chaotic Wrestling Women's Championship for the first time. She went on to defend the championship throughout early 2012, successfully retaining against Barbie, Alexxis, and Roxx. On June 1, Mercedes defeated Alexxis, Barbie and Mistress Belmont in a fatal four–way match to retain the championship. Following her win, Mercedes became the longest reigning Chaotic Wrestling Women's Champion in history by breaking Alexxis's previous record of 182 days. On August 18, the Women's Championship was declared vacant after Mercedes signed a contract with WWE, ending her reign at 260 days.
World Wrestling Entertainment/WWE 
NXT Wrestling (2012–present) 
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 sent to NXT Wrestling, WWE's developmental territory, where she used the ring name Sasha Banks. She made her television debut on WWE NXT on December 12, 2012, losing to Paige. Banks picked up her first televised victory on the January 23, 2013 episode of NXT by defeating Alicia Fox. Banks then entered a storyline where she would receive letters from a secret admirer, who was eventually revealed to be the jealous returning Audrey Marie, who attacked Banks on the February 20 episode of NXT; Marie went on to defeat Banks in a match later that episode. Two weeks later on NXT Banks teamed with The Funkadactyls (Naomi & Cameron) to defeat the team of Aksana, Audrey Marie & Alicia Fox. On the April 3 episode of NXT, Sasha & Paige defeated Audrey Marie & Summer Rae after Summer ran away from Paige.
In wrestling 
- Finishing moves
- Signature moves
Championships and accomplishments 
- Ring Wars Carolina
- RWC No Limitz Championship (1 time)
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