Sasha Banks Reacts to Being Named Best Wrestler of 2020, Surpasses Jon Moxley and Roman Reigns

Published 01/09/2021, 10:48 AM EST
LOS ANGELES, CA – JUNE 25: Sasha Banks at the 2017 BET Awards at Microsoft Square on June 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)


Sasha Banks is a gifted performer and has successfully established herself as a top star in the WWE. The ‘Boss’ has achieved everything there is to achieve in the WWE and is also enjoying a long title reign (longer than most of her reigns). Banks literally carried the company on her back alongside Bayley in the pandemic. The hard work finally paid off!

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Sasha Banks reacts to being #1 in SI’s Top 10 Wrestlers

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Sports Illustrated announced their Top 10 Wrestlers of 2020 yesterday, and the pro wrestling world got a joyous surprise. Why? Well, ‘The Boss’ Sasha Banks topped the list of the Top 10 wrestlers of 2020! She surpassed athletes like Drew McIntyre, Jon Moxley, Tetsuya Naito, and Kenny Omega to sit at #1.

Fans waited for ‘The Blueprint’ to comment on adding such a wonderful feather to her cap, and she did! Banks took to Twitter to react to the news with her unique finesse. She said she knew it inspired them and normalised saying it out loud.

Banks’ former best friend and Tag Team partner Bayley made it at #6 on the list. In chronological order, the 1-10 in the list were Sasha Banks, Jon Moxley, Drew McIntyre, Tetsuya Naito, Kenny Omega, Bayley, Io Shirai, Kota Ibushi, Roman Reigns, and Eddie Kingston.

There’s no doubt Sasha Banks and all the SI Top 10 wrestlers of 2020 have achieved every bit of recognition and accomplishments that come their way.

What did Sasha do in 2020?

First, she and Bayley carried the entire women’s division on their backs in the pandemic era of WWE Programming. Both women regularly worked double duty on Raw and SmackDown, and a few times triple duty with NXT too!

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2020 was quite the year for ‘The Blueprint.’ Her and Bayley’s alliance from the beginning of the year was great entertainment on TV. She thrived on the momentum and won the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship and defended it across all three brands. She also held the WWE Raw Women’s Championship briefly.

Once The Golden Role Models (Banks & Bayley) lost the Tag Team Championships, everyone knew a Bayley vs Sasha feud was on the cards and that’s what happened. Banks won the SmackDown Women’s Championship from Bayley at Hell In A Cell and is still holding the title heading into the Royal Rumble.

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2020 definitely turned out great for Sasha Banks; will 2021 be any different? We must wait and watch!

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Ishan Chavan

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Ishan Chavan is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Being a Journalism graduate, Ishan has over six years of experience in the Media Production Industry, having worked with Viacom 18's streaming platform, Voot. A wrestling fan since childhood, Ishan's favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan, AJ Styles, and Chris Jericho as he feels these three have the perfect blend of wrestling and promo skills, especially Jericho.

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