Report: AEW Roster Excited About Signing Sasha Banks

The prospect of Sasha Banks leaving WWE for AEW has the latter's roster purring.

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News broke on Thursday that NJPW is bringing Sasha Banks in for the company's signature event, Wrestle Kingdom 17, on 4 January 2023 - and the prospect has sparked excitement within New Japan's closest North American collaborators.

Fightful Select reports that AEW roster members are excited about the prospect of Banks potentially coming into the Tony Khan-helmed promotion. One particular source believes that having Sasha on weekly television would give AEW's women's division an "anchor", sparking interest in the scene and helping the company grow its viewership.

Fightful's NJPW sources would neither confirm nor deny Banks' reported Wrestle Kingdom appearance. Per the write-up, a situation like this would typically be denied if it were untrue.


Banks' WWE status remains up in the air, as it has been for most of 2023. The multi-time Women's Champion has been inactive in the promotion since she and Naomi walked out during a Raw taping in may, resulting in the duo being suspended indefinitely and stripped of their Women's Tag Team Championships. Neither has returned to television since then.

As well as filing a number of trademarks for "Mercedes Mone'" and her real name, "Mercedes Varnado", Banks has made several public appearances outwith WWE since May.

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Andy has been with WhatCulture for six years and is currently WhatCulture's Senior Wrestling Reporter. A writer, presenter, and editor with 10+ years of experience in online media, he has been a sponge for all wrestling knowledge since playing an old Royal Rumble 1992 VHS to ruin in his childhood. Having previously worked for Bleacher Report, Andy specialises in short and long-form writing, video presenting, voiceover acting, and editing, all characterised by expert wrestling knowledge and commentary. Andy is as much a fan of 1985 Jim Crockett Promotions as he is present-day AEW and WWE - just don't make him choose between the two.