Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado is an American professional wrestler and actor signed with WWE. She is best known for her work with WWE. She is a grand slam champion and currently assigned to SmackDown. She is currently away from programming for an indefinite period.
Banks began training at Chaotic Wrestling. She debuted under the name, Mercedes KV. She rose to fame after winning her first CW Women's Championship. She vacated the championship when she signed with WWE.
Banks signed with WWE and started working with NXT. She formed a tag team with Summer Rae called BFF's. In November, Charlotte joined the group. The team disbanded after they lost a tag team match to Lynch and Bayley.
Banks began her rivalry with Charlotte, and the two faced each other at TakeOver. After a few unsuccessful attempts, Banks defeated Charlotte for the NXT Women's Championship at TakeOver Rival. Banks' reign ended after 192 days when Bayley defeated her for the title at TakeOver Respect. After her loss, Banks went to the main roster.
Team B.A.D (2015-2016)
Banks made her main roster debut on RAW as part of the Women's Revolution segment. She aligned herself with Naomi and Tamina. The team lasted till January. Banks returned to RAW in January and was attacked by her former teammates. They feuded for a while before Banks went after Charlotte. At WrestleMania, Banks faced Lynch and Charlotte for the RAW Women's Championship and lost.
Championships and Team with Bayley (2016-2019)
In June, Banks restarted her feud with Charlotte. Over the summer, Banks defeated Charollete three times to win the RAW Women's Championship and equally lost the title back to Charlotte. The feud ended at Roadblock in an Iron Woman match, which Charollete won.
Banks failed to capture the title at WrestleMania 33. Banks began her feud with Nia Jax, where she emerged victoriously. At SummerSlam, Banks defeated Alexa Bliss to win her fourth Raw Women's Championship. Banks lost the title a week later.
In 2018, Banks had a small feud with Bayley, which went on for several months. After a short hiatus, Banks returned in October and teamed up with Bayley. At Royal Rumble, she challenged Ronda Rousey for the RAW Women's Championship and lost.
After a series of matches, she teamed up with Sasha Banks to form Boss n Hug Connection. Sasha Banks and Bayley were crowned as the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Champion at Elimination Chamber 2019. The duo lost the title to IIconics at WrestleMania 35 in less than 50 days.
Return and Heel Boss n Hug (2019-2020)
Banks took some time off after their loss at WrestleMania. Banks returned on RAW after a few months and attacked Natalya. She challenged Lynch for the RAW Women's Championship frequently and failed. At Draft, she was drafted to SmackDown with Bayley. The duo reformed their team, and she helped Bayley to keep her championship.
At WrestleMania 36, the team showcased tension among themselves. The team successfully capture their second WWE Women's Tag Team Championship on SmackDown. On RAW, Banks with the help of Bayley won her fifth RAW Women's Championship. She lost the title back to Asuka at SummerSlam.
Feud with Bayley and Bianca (2020-2021)
She began her feud with Bayley after they lost the tag titles. Bayley attacked Banks after their match and she was off television for a few weeks. Banks made her return at Clash of Champions and attacked Bayley. Banks ended Bayley's 380 reign as a champion inside Hell in a Cell.
After Bayley, Banks defended her championship against Carmella and won. At Royal Rumble, Bianca challenged Banks for the SmackDown Women's Championship and won. It ended Bank's 167 days reign as champion.
Banks returned in July to help Bianca. After chasing Carmella away, Banks turned on Bianca and attacked her. The two were supposed to face each other at SummerSlam, but the match got canceled due to an undisclosed injury. At Extreme Rules, Banks returned and attack Lynch. She faced Lynch at Crown Jewel for the title, but lost.
In 2022, she began teaming up with Naomi. At WrestleMania 38, they defeated Carmella and Queen Zelina to win her third Women's Tag Team Championship. During the May 15 episode of RAW, both Banks and Naomi reportedly walked out of programming frustrated at their treatment as champions.
Their titles were soon vacated by WWE and both Banks and Naomi have not made any appearances on WWE or any other promotion.