You read that right. It’s not Paige, nor is it either of the Bella Twins. It’s Sasha Banks – the legit boss. She is hugely responsible for making women’s wrestling into the hot button issue that it’s become, and I intend to argue that fact over the ensuing article.
Let’s start with NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable. At that special, Sasha defended her NXT Women’s Championship against Becky Lynch. Before then, at the most, Becky was Sasha’s lackey. She followed her to the ring, and did her bidding. She helped her win matches. All around, Lynch was a pretty big nobody. Then Sasha went and got the hottest of fire out of her.
Seriously, strap in, because I’m about to post that match. It’s insanely good. Sasha got a star-making performance out of Becky Lynch. So much so, that she went from the random Irish bird who does a jig, to a bonafide player. Now she’s on RAW, week in and week out.
It’s all because of that match. If you didn’t watch it – first thing’s first – you’re straight fucking up. Also, that means you didn’t see the end, where the entire Full Sail crowd stood up and gave Becky a standing ovation. SHE DIDN’T EVEN WIN! She lost the match, but Sasha got such a great performance out of her, that the crowd fell in love. That includes myself, and others watching at home.
During her heel turn, Paige went after Becky, calling her the most irrelevant of all the women in the entire divas division. The fans in attendance for that RAW did not respond well to the slam, booing pretty heavily. Again, that definitely includes myself, and others watching at home.
It’s all because of Sasha! Without TakeOver: Unstoppable, nobody would care about Becky. The buildup, and the match made her into someone that the fans can get behind. Someone that we all care about.
Speaking of which – while we’re on the subject of Sasha making someone a star – let’s talk about NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn. I don’t want to feed into the narrative, and take away from what Bayley had done on her own, up until that point, but her match with Sasha has definitely taken her to the next level.
How could it not?
That was the best match of SummerSlam weekend. I’m not the first person to say that, by the way. That’s a widely shared opinion. Many fans were blown away by the psychology, and physicality in the bout. Near the end of the match, Sasha takes a reverse hurricanranna from the top and ends up landing on her neck. The landing alone looked like one of the most brutal things I’ve seen in recent wrestling.
These two ladies stole the show in a weekend that featured Brock Lesnar vs. Undertaker, John Cena vs. Seth Rollins, Finn Balor vs. Kevin Owens, Kevin Owens vs. Cesaro, and so on, and so forth. It’s not easy to outperform one of those guys, let alone all of them.
Finally, for those I haven’t convinced – let’s talk about Charlotte. We all agree that she’s pretty great in the ring. She brings a physicality that is rarely matched. Yes, Sasha is why the word “rarely” was used. Their matches are incredible. They have such chemistry.
Every wrestler has their perfect opponent. For example, there’s The Rock and Stone Cold Steve Austin. When they came together, it was explosive. I’d say the same about Triple H and Shawn Michaels, Eddie Guerrero and Rey Mysterio (or Dean Malenko), Hulk Hogan and Macho Man, and on and on. You get where I’m going with this.
Sasha Banks is Charlotte’s perfect opponent, and vice-versa. Giving credit where it’s due: Natalya brought Charlotte to the next level. Their match at NXT TakeOver was incredible, and as such, she began to be looked at as more than Ric Flair’s daughter. Then her feud with Sasha came along, and it showed that Charlotte could carry a title.
She held the NXT Women’s Championship from May 2014 to February 2015. In that time, she had multiple defenses against Sasha. In fact, if you ask me, the highlight of her reign was NXT TakeOver: R Evolution, where her and Banks went twelve minutes in a classic.
If you watched the RAW after SummerSlam, then you saw how, during the divas segment, the whole crowd was cheering for Sasha. There’s a reason for that. She is the key to the whole thing.
She needs to be placed at the center, so as to raise the level of competition. Then, and only then, will we get the revolution that we’ve all been hoping for.
FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Courtesy of WWE.com.