Sasha Banks Comments On Heel Turn Rumors, Says Fans Should ‘Shut Up’ About It
It would seem that Sasha Banks is sick of all those heel turn rumors and fans asking her about them. For months, fans and wrestling publications have speculated as to when this transition into a villainous character on Monday Night RAW would happen, and while many had believed it may take place at or around the same time as WrestleMania 33, it never did. And if you ask “The Boss,” she’d rather focus on her wrestling career at the moment, and she’d rather hear the WWE Universe talk about other things aside from her heel turn.
In an appearance on The Masked Man Show, Sasha Banks discussed her rumored heel turn, among other topics, as she chatted with hosts David Shoemaker and Dave Schilling. That was, in fact, the very first topic covered, and at first, Sasha calmly explained that she’s equally comfortable playing a babyface or a heel.
Banks did, however, get a bit testy (quotes via Cageside Seats) as she touched on the incessant heel turn rumors that have been swirling since the weeks leading up to WrestleMania 33.
“I don’t like to just be like… cause a lot of people ask me ‘when are you going to turn heel?’ Like, I don’t care because guess what? I’m going to be in the WWE for a very long time so you’re going to see both versions of myself for a while. So people need to shut up because that’s what I’m sick of hearing. ‘When are you gonna turn heel?’ Then once I turn heel, ‘when are you gonna turn babyface?’ You guys just need to shut up and let me do me, okay? Why do you want me to turn on Bayley? That’s my best friend. I don’t have a lot of friends so just accept it. Yeah, I play either one very well, so it doesn’t matter.”
It’s evident that many a WWE rumor has touched on this turn to the dark side, starting with remarks from the Wrestling Observer Newsletter‘s Dave Meltzer in January that Banks would be turning heel “fairly soon.” These rumors would continue in the run-up to WrestleMania 33, and it was suggested as well that WWE’s decision to give Bayley a run with the RAW Women’s Championship a bit sooner than expected was the company’s way of setting up a rivalry against her storyline, and real-life friend Sasha at WrestleMania.
There was no Sasha Banks heel turn at WrestleMania, contrary to what was predicted, but rumors began firing up again after WWE’s “Superstar Shakeup,” which sent Monday Night RAW‘s erstwhile top female heel Charlotte Flair to the SmackDown Live brand. With then-champion Bayley expected to feud against new acquisition and eventual RAW Women’s Champion Alexa Bliss and Nia Jax, Sportskeeda‘s sources noted in April that Sasha was expected at the time to enter a rivalry with Emma. As it turned out, Bayley is presently feuding with Bliss and Jax, while Banks’ rumored feud against Emma has been replaced with a storyline involving Alicia Fox and cruiserweight competitor Noam Dar, possibly due to Emma’s recent injury.
The publication added that Banks would likely turn heel on Bayley “over the summer” and win the RAW Women’s Championship at SummerSlam, which takes place in August.
Given what Sportskeeda wrote last month, the curt tone Sasha Banks used when talking about the heel turn rumors may be a sign of things to come. As Cageside Seats observed, there’s a chance Sasha is really fed up with people asking her about the creative decisions WWE may have in store for her, but there’s also a chance she may have been invoking her inner “Boss” and teasing a heel promo while partly in character.
“What’s interesting here is whether or not she takes this as an insult to her abilities to play a babyface or a compliment to her abilities to play a heel, or both but leaning harder in one direction. From listening to it, the emotion sounds genuine even if she’s theatrical with her delivery.”
Do you think the above comments from The Masked Man Show are indeed pointing to a Sasha Banks heel turn on Monday Night RAW? Or do you think she was genuinely ranting about the WWE Universe and their desire for WWE to finally pull the trigger on the long-rumored turn?
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