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Sasha Banks
Sasha Banks WrestleMania 32 Axxess.jpg
Banks in April 2016
Birth name Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado[1]
Born (1992-01-26) January 26, 1992 (age 24)[1]
Fairfield, California,
United States
Spouse(s) Sarath Ton (m. 2016)
Family Snoop Dogg (cousin)
Professional wrestling career
Ring name(s) Mercedes KC
Miss Mercedes[1]
Sasha Banks
Billed height 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)[2]
Billed weight 114 lb (52 kg)[1]
Billed from Boston, Massachusetts[2]
Cambridge, Massachusetts[3]
Trained by Brian Fury[1]
Brian Milonas[1]
Hanson[1]
Sara Del Rey[1]
Debut August 8, 2010[1]

Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado (born January 26, 1992)[1] 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.

Early life

Kaestner-Varnado was born in Fairfield, California, and later moved to various places, including Minnesota, to find schools and hospitals for her disabled brother,[4] before settling in Boston, Massachusetts, where she began her wrestling career.[5] She went to school online, and grew up watching All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling.[6] She is of African-American and German descent.[7]

Professional wrestling career

Chaotic Wrestling (2010–2012)

Kaestner-Varnado began training at Chaotic Wrestling, based in Woburn, Massachusetts, in 2008.[1] 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.[8] On October 22, Mercedes lost her debut singles match to Danny E.,[9] and lost a rematch to him on November 13.[8]

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.[8] 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.[1][8][10]

KV made her first successful title defense against Barbie on January 6.[1][8] KV faced Luscious Latasha with the championship on the line on January 27, where KV retained the title.[1][11] KV successfully defended Women's Championship against Alexxis in a rematch.[1][12] She then successfully defended the Women's Championship twice against Nikki Roxx.[1][8] 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.[13] 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.[1] KV made her final appearance for Chaotic Wrestling on August 18, where she lost to Ivy Fit in a non-title match.[1] 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.[1]

Other promotions (2010–2012)

Mercedes KV in 2012

On August 8, 2010, KV made her debut in New England Championship Wrestling (NECW), teaming with Ivy to defeat the team of Ariel and Sammi Lane.[1] She returned to the promotion on September 4, 2011, again teaming with Ivy, defeating Mistress Belmont and Veda Scott.[1] On September 23, KV defeated Mistress Belmont in a singles match.[1][14] KV once again returned to the promotion on July 14, 2012 at the Red White and Bruised event, where she was defeated by Adrianna by countout.[1][15]

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.[1] On the following two nights, Mercedes defeated Sheik Ali and Nick Fahrenheit in singles matches.[1] Mercedes began to feud with The Great Cheyenne, losing to her on several occasions.[1] On August 9, she faced Arlene in a singles match, where Mercedes emerged victorious.[1]

WWE

NXT (2012–2015)

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.[16] 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.[17][18] Banks' first televised win on NXT was on the January 23, 2013 episode against Alicia Fox.[19][20] 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.[21][22][23] 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.[24][25] 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.[26]

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.[27] Two weeks later, Banks defeated Bayley, while accompanied by Rae.[1][28] 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.[29] 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.[30] 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.[31][32][33] On April 6, Banks made an appearance at WrestleMania XXX, as a part of Triple H's entrance.[34] 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.[35][36] 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.[37]

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.[38] At NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way, Banks attacked Bayley after her title match with Charlotte, before Charlotte stopped her.[39] 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.[40] 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.[41] She received a rematch on the December 25 episode of NXT, where she was once again unsuccessful.[42] 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.[43] 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.[44]

Banks wrestling Charlotte during a house show in March 2015

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.[45] Banks successfully retained her championship against Charlotte in a rematch on the March 4 episode of NXT,[46] and against Alexa Bliss on March 25.[47] At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, Banks defended and retained the title against Becky Lynch.[48] 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.[49] 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.[50]

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.[51] The match was highly praised by critics, and would win Match of the Year at the NXT Year-End Awards.[52] 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.[53] 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.[54][55]

Various storylines (2015–2016)

See also: Team B.A.D.

Banks made her official debut on the July 13, 2015 episode of Raw along with Charlotte and Becky Lynch, after Stephanie McMahon called for a "revolution" in the WWE Divas division. While Lynch and Charlotte allied with Paige, who was feuding with Team Bella (Alicia Fox, Brie and Nikki Bella), Banks would ally with Naomi and Tamina, who later dubbed themselves as Team B.A.D. (Beautiful and Dangerous), leading to a brawl between the three teams.[56] In her pay-per-view debut, on July 19, at Battleground, Banks competed in a triple threat match against Charlotte and Brie Bella, which Charlotte won.[57] Banks went on to defeat Paige twice, first by submission on the July 20 episode of Raw, in a tag team match where Banks teamed with Naomi for the first time,[58] and again on the July 27 episode of Raw in a singles match.[59] After defeating the Divas Champion Nikki Bella by submission in a non-title match on the August 17 episode of Raw,[60] Banks participated in the first ever Divas number one contender's Beat the Clock challenge match, in which she fought Paige to a time limit draw and Charlotte was named the number one contender.[61] Following this, Banks began a short rivalry with Paige and defeated her twice on the September 7 and 14 episodes of Raw,[62][63] and fought to a no contest on the September 10 episode of SmackDown.[64] Although she lost in a fatal four-way number one contender's match for Charlotte's Divas Championship in November,[65] Banks started a winning streak, defeating the likes of Brie Bella[66] Alicia Fox,[67] and Becky Lynch.[68][69][70]

Banks celebrating a win at a Raw event in April 2016

After a month off television,[71] Banks returned at the Royal Rumble pay-per-view on January 24, 2016, attacking Charlotte and Becky Lynch after their championship match, showing her intentions to gain the Divas Championship.[72] Prior to a match with Lynch on the February 1 episode of Raw, Banks claimed that she was "on her own", signaling that she had moved on from Team B.A.D., only to be attacked by Naomi and Tamina during the match, turning Banks into a fan favorite in the process.[73] The feud between Banks and Naomi and Tamina would continue throughout February,[74][75][76][77] and would lead to a tag team match at Fastlane on February 21, where Banks allied with Lynch to defeat the two.[78] Banks and Lynch went on to compete in two matches to determine the number one contender for Charlotte's WWE Divas Championship at WrestleMania 32,[79] with the first bout ending as a no contest, after a double pin occurred,[80] and the second as well, after both Banks and Lynch were attacked by Charlotte.[81] As a result, a triple threat match between Banks, Lynch and Charlotte for the Divas Championship was announced for WrestleMania.[82][83] At the event, after it was announced during transmission that the Divas Championship would be withdrawn and it would be replaced with the new WWE Women's Championship,[84] with all three women competing for it in the triple threat match, in which she was unsuccessful in capturing the new title at her WrestleMania in-ring debut.[85][86]

After a hiatus, Banks returned to WWE television in early June, defeating Summer Rae on Main Event,[87] before reigniting her feud with Charlotte over the Women's Championship after an attack along with Paige on the June 20 episode of Raw,[88][89] this led to a tag team match the following week on the June 27 episode of Raw, where Banks and Paige scored the victory.[90] Followed by multiple attacks and matches between Banks and Dana Brooke,[91][92][93] it was announced that they would face off in a tag team match on July 24 at Battleground.[94] At the event, Banks and her mystery partner, Bayley, defeated Charlotte and Brooke.[95]

Raw Women's Champion (2016–present)

After being drafted to Raw as part of the 2016 WWE draft which took place on July 19,[96][97] Banks made her first appearance for the brand on July 25, where she defeated Charlotte to win the WWE Women's Championship for the first time,[98] five days later it was announced that Banks would face Charlotte in a rematch for the title at SummerSlam on August 21.[99] On the August 1 episode of Raw, Banks was defeated by Charlotte in an mixed tag team match after being distracted by Dana Brooke,[100] which led to Banks defeating Brooke in a non-title match a week later on the August 8 episode of Raw, and as result she was barred from ringside at SummerSlam.[101] At the event on August 21, Banks dropped the championship back to Charlotte, ending her reign at 27 days.[102] The next night on Raw, Charlotte announced that she had injured Sasha's back, and would be out of action.[103]

On the 5 September edition of Raw, Banks was about to announce something, but was interrupted by Dana Brooke. Dana tried to attack her under the assumption she was injured, but Banks dealt with her, before letting her know she would see Charlotte at Clash of Champions.[104]

Other media

Banks will be making her WWE video game debut as a playable character in WWE 2K17.[105]

Personal life

Kaestner-Varnado is a first cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg, who helped develop her in-ring persona.[106][107] She is a fan of K-pop music and the anime Sailor Moon.[107]

Kaestner-Varnado married Sarath Ton, better known as Kid Mikaze, a fellow professional wrestler who works for WWE as a costume designer,[108] on August 4, 2016.[109]

Kaestner-Varnado cites Eddie Guerrero as her favorite wrestler,[107] and she was in attendance at Guerrero's memorial episode of Raw on November 14, 2005, in Minneapolis. She also revealed that she was unaware that Guerrero had died before she arrived at the arena.[110]

In wrestling

Banks applying the Bank Statement on Summer Rae
Banks performing a frog splash on Charlotte while wearing Eddie Guerrero inspired attire at WrestleMania 32 in April 2016

Championships and accomplishments

Banks is a one-time NXT Women's Champion

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