Sasha Banks Biography

Sasha Banks is a well-known American wrestling superstar. Check out this biography to know about her childhood, family life, achievements and other facts about her life.

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Also Known As: Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado

Famous as: Professional Wrestler

Nationality: American

Birth Date: January 26, 1992

Age: 25 Years

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Height: 1.65 m

Born in: Fairfield, California, United States

mother: Judith Varnado

Spouse/Partner: Sarath Ton (m. 2016)

City, States, Provinces & Districts: California

Net worth: $0.5 million as of 2016

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Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado, popularly known by her ring name Sasha Banks, is a well-known American wrestling superstar. Currently signed with the WWE, she has taken on some of the most talented wrestling professionals. She, along with Charlotte Flair also became the first women ever to win the Pro Wrestling Illustrated award for 'Feud of the Year'. Born in Fairfield, California, in 1992, Sasha was passionate about wrestling from an early age. She was quite enthusiastic about 'All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling', which she grew up watching. Having begun her training in 2008 at Chaotic Wrestling, based in Woburn, Massachusetts, she earned her first victory in a tag team match in January 2011. In December, of the same year, she won her first title 'The Chaotic Wrestling Women's Championship, after defeating Alexxis Nevaeh. It was after signing a contract with WWE in August 2012, that she adopted her ring name Sasha Banks. Since then, she has won the 'WWE Raw Women's Championship' three times, the 'NXT Women's Championship' once, and 'NXT Year-End Award for Match of the Year' in 2015. She has also appeared as a playable character in the Professional Wrestling Video game 'WWE 2K17'.

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Sasha Banks
Childhood & Early Life
  • Sasha Banks was born as Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado on 26 January 1992, in Fairfield, California, in the United States. Not much is known about her family, but she has a disabled brother, who suffers from autism, for whom she and her family spent a lot of time travelling in order to find schools and hospitals. Banks later stated that she was like a second mother to her brother.
  • She later settled in Boston, Massachusetts, and she did her schooling online. She was a huge fan of Eddie Guerrero. She grew up watching 'All Japan Women's Pro-Wrestling', a show, which she was very enthusiastic about. She had a strong desire to train from the early age of ten. However, her mother disliked wresting, and didn't want her to take up wrestling as a career.
  • In the year 2008, she began her training at Chaotic Wrestling, an independent American wrestling promotion, based in Woburn in Massachusetts.
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Career
  • Her debut match, under the ring name Mercedes KV, took place on 1 October 2010. It was an intergender tag team match, where she teamed with Nikki Roxx against Alexxis Nevaeh and Danny E. Her debut singles match was on 22 October where she lost to her opponent Danny E.
  • She achieved her first victory on 7 January 2011 in a tag team match after she and Roxx defeated Alexxis and Mistress Belmont. Throughout the rest of the year, she competed in several singles matches. On 2 December, 2011, she defeated Alexxis in a 'I Quit' Match, to win the Chaotic Women's Championship.
  • Throughout the next year, she successfully defended her title from many such as Luscious Latasha, Nikki Roxx, Alexxis Nevaeh, and Mistress Belmont. On 1 June 2012, she defeated Alexxis, Barbie and Mistress Belmont in a fatal four-way match to retain the championship following which she became the longest reigning Chaotic Wrestling Women's Champion in history, beating the previous record of Alexxis which was 182 days.
  • After her reign of 260 days, the championship was declared vacant on August 18, as she signed a contract with the WWE.
  • With her new ring name Sasha Banks, she made her debut in WWE NXT. Her first match was against Paige, in which she lost.
  • Later, she started became a part of a storyline, receiving letters from a secret admirer who was revealed to be Audrey Marie. However, in an episode of NXT, she attacked Banks, due to her jealousy of her success. This was followed by a match between the two, in which Banks was defeated.
  • The feud came to an end after Banks teamed up with Paige, and defeated Marie along with Summer Rae. Later that year, in June, she took part in the NXT Women's Championship. However, she lost in the first round. Later, when the Championship was vacant, she again competed in a tournament for it. However, she lost in the semi-finals.
  • In February 2015, she defeated Charlotte Flair in a Fatal four-way match, winning the NXT Women's Championship. A rematch was held next month, where Banks successfully retained her Championship by defeating Charlotte again. Throughout the year, she defended her title against several others such as Alexa Bliss, and Becky Lynch. She and Charlotte had a rematch again, in July, in which Banks emerged victorious again, retaining her title.
  • After a reign of 192 days, in August, she lost her Championship to Bayley. A rematch was held in September, where Bayley defeated Banks and successfully retained her title. It was Bank's last match at the NXT.
  • Sasha Banks took part in the 'Women's Revolution' which started from 2015, which was called for by Stephanie McMahon. She aligned herself with Naomi and Tamina Snuka, and formed Team B.A.D. Her first triple threat match was against Charlotte and Brie Bella, in which Banks suffered defeat. She faced many opponents later such as Brie Bella, Alicia Fox, and Becky Lynch.
  • Later, she was drafted to Raw brand as part of the 2016 WWE draft. In her first match, she faced Charlotte, whom she defeated, in order to win the WWE Women's Championship for the first time. After a reign of 27 days, she lost the title back to Charlotte. The title was then renamed to Raw Women's Championship.
  • In November 2016, Sasha Banks was a part of Raw's women's team for Survivor Series. Even though she was eliminated by Natalya, her team proceeded to win the match. During the same month, Banks defeated Charlotte in a Falls Count Anywhere match to win the Raw Women's Championship once again.
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Awards & Achievements
  • Despite being one of the youngest wrestlers of WWE, Sasha Banks has made several achievements and accomplishments. The titles she has won include the 'Chaotic Wrestling Women's Championship' once, ‘NXT Women's Championship’ once, and ‘WWE Raw Women's Championship’ three times.
  • In 2016, she was ranked at No. 2 in the list of top 50 female wrestlers in the PWI (Pro Wrestling Illustrated) Female 50.
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Personal Life & Legacy
  • In August 2016, Sasha Banks married Sarath Ton, a fellow wrestler, who works for WWE as a costume designer.
  • She is the first cousin of well-known rapper, Snoop Dogg; music producer, Daz Dillinger; and singers and songwriters, Brandy Norwood and Ray J.
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