As Sasha Banks was probably happy to attest to after her post-SummerSlam return, great pro wrestling is often as much to do with great timing as anything else. This documentary felt the benefit too.
Wrestler mental health is a searingly hot topic at the moment. Kevin Owens opening up about losing the love of wrestling on Lilian Garcia's podcast seemed to fuel fan support for his overdue babyface turn on television earlier this year. The artist formerly known as Big Cass remains troubled by a myriad of demons, but has spoken on them in such a way that the conversation around what it is to battle them at all has completely changed. Kylie Rae's sudden absence from All Elite Wrestling (and radio silence on the matter) has led the less-ghoulish of the community to instantly send messages of support even on an off-chance she's suffering alone.
Even for wrestlers, wrestling can and perhaps should be the distraction rather than the dangerous obsession when it comes to matters of the mind. Lik Owens, Cass and Kylie, Sasha's open forum offered additional insight into a growing unwelcome trend, wrapped in a host of notable, quotable moments.
Sasha Banks' Chronicle was underpinned not by the reasons she left, the reasons she returned, nor even the reasons she became a wrestler in the first place, though they are all points of focus throughout. It was a story of a human being trying to take control of her life, her mental health and her emotional wellbeing.
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