How Sasha Banks and the women of WWE changed wrestling

US WWE superstar Sasha Banks visits The Project and
talks about her costumes which are designed by her
husband. Courtesy: Network Ten

Sasha Banks.

IT wasn’t that long ago that women’s matches in the
World Wrestling Entertainment were considered the “popcorn
match”.

That, for the uninitiated, is the match you would consider to
be somewhat of an intermission, where you’d choose as the time
to take yourself to get some refreshments, either inside the
arena or when watching around the world.

But quickly, that has changed, now women’s wrestling in the WWE
is must see — no one is going anywhere, for any popcorn.

“The Boss” Sasha Banks has led the change, or “Women’s
Revolution” as it has become known. No longer are the female
superstars confined to two-minute matches, wrestling about in
lingerie or booted from the card due to time constraints — now
the women of the WWE are the business.

WWE Superstar Sasha Banks.

WWE Superstar Sasha
Banks.
Source:News Corp Australia

Banks said it is all about wanting to help inspire the young
generation of females who love the WWE, but couldn’t live out
their dreams on the big stage.

“It’s changed so much,” Banks told News.com.au

“I remember watching it as a kid and the women weren’t really
featured like the guys. I was like no, I want to be in the WWE,
but I don’t want to do what they’re doing at the moment.

“I kind of caught like the MTV era, ladies in bikinis and
beautiful women, not really throwing it down like the guys. I
told myself when I was ten that I wanted to change what it
meant to be a diva in the WWE.

“It’s crazy that we’re here, we’re superstars, we’re not divas
anymore. It’s changed so much, I thank the women that came
before me and who I work with today, we’ve done it together,
we’re changing the world right now.”

Banks herself is coming off quite the 2016. Not only did she
make her WrestleMania debut in a thrilling triple threat match
alongside Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch, but the accolades
have lined up.

She’s a four-time Women’s champion (one NXT, three WWE), she
was part of the first women’s match to headline a WWE event
(NXT Takeover), part of the first women’s Ironman match (also
the longest women’s match in history), and along with Flair was
in the first women’s Hell in a Cell match, and first women’s
match to headline a WWE pay-per-view event.

It will take some topping in 2017, but Banks is setting her
sights even further.

“I don’t know how you top it, I think you just keep getting
better and keep striving,” Banks said. “Just to make it a
normal thing that people are not surprised women are doing
these matches. “I think the next goal is to main event a
WrestleMania.”

WWE Raw Superstar Sasha Banks with her portrait freshly painted by street artist Maha in Hosier Lane. Picture: David Caird

WWE Raw Superstar Sasha Banks
with her portrait freshly painted by street artist Maha
in Hosier Lane. Picture: David Caird
Source:News Corp Australia

Banks could soon be joined by two up and coming Australian
wrestlers on the big stage.

Peyton Royce and Billie Kay perform on WWE’s developmental
brand NXT, but Banks says the two stars are not far away from
joining her (and fellow Aussie, Emma) on the WWE main roster.

“I think they are the future,” Banks said.

“They are incredible and have such passion for this business
and I love watching them.

“They are amazing and Peyton Royce reminds me a lot of myself.
Her favourite wrestler is Eddie Guerrero too and I love
watching her.

“She’s incredible, incredible, incredible in the ring and I
can’t wait for her to get called up to the main roster.”

In September Banks will head back to Australia along with WWE’s
RAW superstars for a three-city tour.

Australia continues to be a much anticipated trip for Banks and
her WWE counterparts, given the unique atmosphere we provide
down under.

“I think it’s just fun to do these overseas tours,” Banks said.

“We come here once a year and the fans are always really
excited to see us.

“We love travelling fifteen hours on a flight to get to meet
them, its because of that excitement and their smiles, that’s
what WWE is about.”

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