As Mercedes KV
Roundhouse kick; Wheelbarrow bulldog
As Sasha Banks
Bankrupt (Straight jacket neckbreaker slam); Bank Statement (Bridging crossface, often transitioned from a double knee backbreaker, or as a counter to a roll-up)
Sasha Banks Moves:
Diving double knee drop to an opponent trapped between the turnbuckles; Frog splash; Headbutt; High knee to a cornered opponent; Japanese arm drag; Kneeling jawbreaker; Monkey flip; Multiple forehand chops; Multiple pinning variations (Crucifix, Roll-up, sometimes while bridging, Small package, Wheelbarrow victory roll); Springboard arm drag; Straight jacket, sometimes preceded by a double knee backbreaker; Suicide dive; Superplex; Tilt-a-whirl headscissors takedown; Wheelbarrow bulldog
"The (Legit) Boss"
Sasha Bank Nicknames:
"Kookie Dough" by Angus Gunn Clark and Kully B (NXT); "Fastest Girl Alive" (instrumental) by David W. Ayers (NXT; 2013 – 2014); "Sky's the Limit" by CFO$ (NXT/WWE); Amazing" by CFO$ ft. Trinity Fatu (WWE; used as a member of Team B.A.D.); "Unity" by CFO$ ft. J-Frost (WWE; used as a member of Team B.A.D.).
Sasha Banks Biography and Career
Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado’s initial training was at Chaotic Wrestling back in 2008. She made her in-ring debut for the promotion in 2010 in an intergender tag-team match. She continued to lose all her initial matches but she kept getting better inside the ring.
Finally, in 2011, Varnado picked her first win alongside Nikki Roxx against Alexxis and Mistress Belmont in a tag team match. She also defended went on to win the Chaotic Wrestling Women's Championship until she left the company to sign with the WWE.
She also worked in the independent circuit before signing with the WWE in 2012. In December, she made her NXT debut as Sasha Banks and went on to face Paige in her first ever WWE match. Although she couldn’t win that match, she had already managed to capture the attention of the fans.
Over the next few months she continued to fight against the likes of Aicia Fox, Audrey Marie and Summer Rae. She even made an unsuccessful attempt at capturing the NXT Women’s Championship.
Banks turned heel after failing to win the Championship and she attacked the then Champion, Paige. This led to a full blown rivalry between the two women. Meanwhile, Sasha Banks also found an ally in Rae and the two teamed up take on Bayley and Charlotte Flair.
Next was Sasha Banks’ incredible feud with Bayley The two continued to take on each other week after week. When Bayley defeated Sasha Banks to become the number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship, Banks decided to attack Bayley after her match against Charlotte Flair (then Champion).
Following that, Banks feuded with Flair and Becky Lynch until she was challenged by Flair for the NXT Women’s Championship match. Banks won the title and was praised by everyone including her opponent for the amazing performance that she put up.
She dropped her title to Bayley and the two celebrated that match together as it was critically acclaimed and was considered as a god competition for NXT: Match of the Year award.
In July 2015, Sasha Banks made her main roster debut on RAW. She allied with Naomi and Tamina to fight against Team Bella including the Bella Sisters and Alicia Fox, and Paige who was now accompanied by Charlotte Flair and Becky Lynch.
During this time, Sasha Banks went on to be a part of small feuds each against, Flair, Paige and Lynch.She also feuded with Charlotte and Becky at WrestleMania to get her hands on WWE Women’s Championship that had replaced the Diva’s title.
Following the 2016 WWE draft, Sasha Banks picked the title after defeating Charlotte Flair but she dropped it back to Flair at SummerSlam after 27 days. The Boss managed to regain her title in the weeks that followed. She also challenged Flair for the first ever one-on-one match at Hell In A Cell and that became the first women’s match in the history of WWE to main event a pay-per-view. Unfortunately, Sasha Banks lost her title after 27 days for the second time.
She finally face Charlotte in Falls Count Anywhere match again for a record three times. She then fought Alex Bliss to win the title back for the fourth time. She then continued to fight against Paige led Absolution with Mickie James and Bayley on her side.
During Royal Rumble 2018, Sasha Banks eliminated Bayley and remained inside the ring for the longest period of time, thereby becoming the Ironwoman of the match. Both Bayley and her teased heel turns and continue to betray each other in the matches to come. Finally, Banks turned heel and decided to attack Bayley in a backstage segment.
The two former best friends are now scheduled to face each other at WrestleMania 34 in a one-on-one match. The exciting part about this match card is that the two women share a lot of history from their NXT days.