Even without the RAW Women’s Championship belt around her waist, Sasha Banks is still one of Monday Night RAW’s top female talents. But now that she’s lost that title to Charlotte Flair at Hell in a Cell, what’s next for “The Boss” as far as storylines go? Where does she go after Survivor Series, where she was announced on Monday as the fifth member of RAW’s women’s team? We don’t know for sure, but Sasha did have some interesting comments about her current role in WWE when she made a recent appearance on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast.
It is what it seems to be at the moment – Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks have been trading the RAW Women’s Championship between each other for the past several months. Even before this year’s brand split, both women had been feuding with each other on television, and now that RAW and SmackDown Live are two separate brands and TV shows, we haven’t seen Sasha or Charlotte truly get into a feud with anyone else. And many believe that’s a symptom of one of the RAW brand’s weak points – there just isn’t enough main event-worthy female talent on the roster.
In her appearance on Sam Roberts’ Wrestling Podcast, Banks lamented the lack of depth on the RAW women’s roster, but admitted the brand split had worked out well as it provides more opportunities for WWE’s female wrestlers in general.
“I think it’s good that we’re split and more opportunities can happen for women, but we really don’t have enough women. Like, I wrestle the same people every single week, Dana Brooke or Charlotte, Charlotte, Dana Brooke. There (are) only six of us and I think that’s the hardest part, just we need more faces on RAW.”
Indeed, Sasha Banks does make a good point about RAW’s women’s roster being sorely lacking in depth. A look at her ProFightDB wrestler page shows that she has exclusively fought Charlotte in singles competition for the past three months, and her last one-on-one match against Charlotte’s fellow heel Dana Brooke was on August 8.
Still, things may be changing soon, as Nia Jax, seemingly done with squashing local jobbers, looks to be in line for a bigger push, while Emmalina (formerly Emma) is almost set to return after spending the last six months on the injured list. There’s also the prospect of Sasha and Bayley reliving their fierce rivalry from their NXT days, though one of them may have to turn heel for that to happen.
Speaking of Bayley, Sasha Banks named her as the RAW competitor she would like to feud with in the future, though she also expressed a desire to be in a rivalry with anyone, or all of the SmackDown Live women, particularly ring veteran Natalya.
“I think in due time (I can feud with Bayley), but other than that, I mean, Natalya’s on SmackDown, but I haven’t really had a good feud with her and I would love to wrestle her. Naomi, Carmella, Alexa (Bliss), everyone that’s on SmackDown. Dammit.”
Among other topics discussed with Roberts, Banks also shared some stories of her interactions with WWE’s higher-ups, including company chairman Vince McMahon and Vince’s son-in-law, Triple H. She admitted still feeling scared by the charismatic, larger-than-life McMahon, but said that she feels comfortable talking to Triple H, or “Papa Hunter,” as she affectionately called him. Banks credited Triple H, whom she has known since her NXT days, as her “go-to-guy” whenever she has any questions, further putting “The Game” over as someone who has taken good care of NXT as WWE’s developmental promotion.
Yes, it would be nice indeed to see Sasha Banks and RAW’s other female wrestlers feud with each other for a change. But for the meantime, she’s at a very good spot in the RAW brand, having recently lost her Women’s Championship but still considered one of the biggest draws the brand has at the present, male or female.
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