“I Was Really Lost and Confused” – Sasha Banks Opens up About Her Absence From WWE

Published 06/13/2021, 1:49 PM EDT


Former SmackDown Women’s champion, Sasha Banks, has been out of action for quite some time now. Reportedly, she will return to WWE on July 16 in front of the live audience. But why did she take time off?

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In an interview on “Just Women’s Sports” with Kelley O’Hara, Banks revealed why she took a break from wrestling. She said,

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“It was from everything. From that grueling schedule and never getting to take in those wins and understanding those victories, taking my losses really, really hard, and just being a baby. I started wrestling when I was 18, got signed when I was 20, straight on the road when I was 23. Just had that nonstop career of being Sasha Banks when I was 20 years old, and having my hair color change and not seeing my real hair for so long. And just losing, kind of myself and I lost my name. Not even my mom called me Mercedes. My friends didn’t call me Mercedes. They called me either The Boss or Sasha Banks.

“When I was at home, I was really lost and confused. I looked at myself in the mirror and I just was not happy. This girl who was so obsessed with being a WWE superstar, it felt like her dream was coming to an end and it was everything I ever dreamed of as a kid anymore. I didn’t want to hate something that I’d loved my whole life, so I told myself I needed to take a break and walk away from it to find myself. To find out who Mercedes was. Cause at that point, all I knew was Sasha Banks,” (H/t Wrestling Inc. for transcriptions)

Sasha Banks hobby besides WWE

Continuing the interview, Banks reported that it was just that urge she missed it so much. She is thankful for the time off. ‘The Boss‘ got to take her wig off and see her beautiful brown curly hair. She remembers herself, the real her. Banks wanted to know who she was without WWE and wanted to know if she even liked anything else besides wrestling.

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Banks stated she just wanted to have a hobby because anytime she talked to somebody it was like ‘what do you like?’ and Banks would be like ‘one thing that I actually don’t want to talk about. Because it’s my life 24/7.’

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The former women’s champion found things she had an interest in. She liked other things; and went to therapy. She found meditation and went to the beach. Sasha finally figured out life. She found out that life is everything she wants it to be because she can create her own reality for it.

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Aditya Pran Mahanta is a WWE and AEW author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Arts degree. Being a sports fanatic, he has played at the state level badminton in his younger years but his love for WWE overtook all other passions. Being a decade-long wrestling fan, he relishes the older wrestlers and wishes that the newer generation had the same Edge. He is a passionate fan of Rey Mysterio for his high flying style, Edge for being The Ultimate Opportunist, and Razor Ramon because nobody messes with the Bad Guy!

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