Sasha Banks Breaks Into Tears During a Conversation With Her Childhood Hero Mickie James

Published 01/28/2021, 12:23 PM EST
LILLE, FRANCE – MAY 09: Dana Brooke (L) fights against Alicia Fox (R) and Sasha Banks during WWE Live 2017 at Zenith Arena on May 9, 2017 in Lille, France. (Photo by Sylvain Lefevre/Getty Images)


The first ever Women’s Royal Rumble match had a plethora of glorious moments. One of the most significant of those moments was Trish Stratus’ confrontation with Sasha Banks.

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Another classic moment saw archrivals Trish and Mickie James squared off in the ring. On the First Women’s Royal Rumble Roundtable, Sasha Banks got emotional talking about the influence of James and Trish on her.

Sasha Banks gets emotional talking about Mickie James

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“Mickie, like you and Trish, have no idea what you did for me as a little girl. How much you inspired me to be here and give me so much hope.”

Sasha Banks’ words almost reduced Mickie to tears, with Charlotte Flair smartly butting in, asking her if she wanted to switch seats.

James and Stratus had an insane rivalry that began at WrestleMania 22. Mickie portrayed a stalker who was obsessed with the Women’s Champion. Once Stratus turned down James’ romantic advances, James attacked her and challenged her for the Women’s Championship.

The Superstars clashed at WrestleMania 22, with the crowd strong behind the psychotic heel. After a breezy eight minutes of action, James hit Trish with the Chick Kick and dethroned her as the top female in the WWE. James would hold the Women’s Championship five times and is the second of only five women to win both Divas and Women’s Titles.

Trish Stratus was a trailblazer for women in wrestling. While the Mickie James feud was brilliant, her rivalry with Lita broke the glass ceiling for women in WWE. Trish and Lita were the first women to main event Monday Night Raw in 2004.

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Along with Sasha Banks and Mickie James, Charlotte Flair and Natalya were also part of the Women’s Roundtable. Natalya credited Mickie and Beth Phoenix for showing women they could be mothers but still wrestle on a stage like the Royal Rumble.

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Along with James and Beth Phoenix, Michelle McCool was another mother who put on an amazing show at the Rumble, picking up five eliminations. Naomi and Brie Bella were the other superstars who returned to the ring after giving birth.

Just like Naomi, Brie, Michelle and Beth, we will soon see Becky Lynch return to the ring. Lynch just gave birth to a baby girl who she and Seth Rollins named Roux. The Bella Twins have also revealed that they will be returning to the WWE, proving that you can have a family and wrestle for the WWE.

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Nathan Fulgado

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Nathan Fulgado is a WWE and AEW author at EssentiallySports. Having published close to 1000 professional wrestling articles, Nathan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier's College. He has previously worked at Free Press Journal as a local journalist.

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