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Who Is Sasha Banks ? Read More About Her

Who Is Sasha Banks ? Read More About Her

Who Is Sasha Banks ? Read More About Her

Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado was born in January 26, 1992, is an American professional wrestler and actress currently signed to WWE as a member of the SmackDown brand under the ring name Sasha Banks.

Banks previously wrestled on the independent circuit, most notably for Chaotic Wrestling, where she won the Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship. She signed with WWE in 2012 and was assigned to the NXT brand. She was promoted to WWE’s main roster in 2015. Her match against Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Respect in October 2015 was the first women’s match to ever headline a NXT TakeOver, the first iron woman match in WWE history, and the longest women’s match in WWE history at the time with a length of 30 minutes. Their match was voted by Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) as Match of the Year, with Banks also being voted as Woman of the Year.

Banks went on to hold the Raw Women’s Championship five times. In 2016, she and Charlotte Flair became the first women to headline a WWE pay-per-view event, the first women to compete in a Hell in a Cell match, and the first women to win the PWI award for Feud of the Year. In 2019, she won the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship with her former tag team partner, Bayley, at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view. In 2020, she won the SmackDown Women’s Championship at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view, thus becoming the third-ever WWE Women’s Grand Slam Champion and the fourth WWE Women’s Triple Crown Winner. That year, she was named Wrestler of the Year by Sports Illustrated. At WrestleMania 37 in 2021, Banks and opponent Bianca Belair became the first Black women to jointly headline a WrestleMania.

Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado was born on January 26, 1992, in Fairfield, California, and later moved to various places, including Minnesota, to find schools and hospitals for her autistic brother. Her family settled in Boston, Massachusetts, where she began her professional wrestling career. She went to school online and grew up watching All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling (AJW). Her father is African American and her mother is of German descent.