From Tag Team Champions to Arch Nemesis: The Real Life Friendship Between Sasha Banks and Bayley

Published 01/15/2021, 12:20 AM EST


Sasha Banks and Bayley are two of the most iconic figures in modern WWE. Both are tremendous wrestlers and have put quite a few classic matches for us to rejoice for the years to come. They are former two-time Women’s Tag Team Champions and the most bitter enemies, but there’s more to their relationship outside the ring.

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Sasha Banks and Bayley’s real-life friendship

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Sasha Banks and Bayley signed with WWE months apart in 2012. During the time, FCW still served as WWE’s developmental territory. Banks and Bayley are best friends in real life, but they didn’t tune together right from the get-go.

The ‘Role Model’ Bayley revealed during The New Day: Feel the Power Podcast a couple of months ago that she and Sasha Banks actually took a while before becoming friends. She said, “Well actually, our personal friendship took longer than anything because we’re such different people.”

PARIS, FRANCE – MAY 19: Sasha Banks (L) in action vs Bayley during WWE Live AccorHotels Arena Popb Paris Bercy on May 19, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)

Bayley also shared how she and Sasha Banks were thrown in together to have an impromptu five-minute match in FCW in front of all the coaches. She considers that match as the best match she’s ever had, and her admiration for Sasha really grew after working that match.

Both Banks and Bayley worked a million dark matches before their eventual TV debuts and have wrestled a lot of times on NXT and the main roster as well. The best part? Every time these two wrestle, it’s a treat for fans!

Coming back to their friendship, Bayley and Sasha Banks really became friends when they learned they had similar interests growing up. That was the day, and both women haven’t looked back ever since.

Are Banks and Bayley one of the greatest Tag Teams?

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No matter if you call them the Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection or The Golden Role Models, Sasha Banks and Bayley are undoubtedly one of the greatest tag teams of all time! Their work as a team is as exceptional as their work as rivals. Their powerful bond and friendship really reflect through the quality matches and drama they bring to our screens.

The way Sasha and Bayley carried WWE programming on their shoulders during the pandemic is really commendable. These two are a treasure for women’s wrestling. Wait, let me rephrase it – these two are a treasure for wrestling.

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We hope to know Sasha’s side of the story about her friendship with Bayley soon! Till then, you can catch both women in action every Friday on SmackDown.

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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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