Alexa Bliss vs Sasha Banks – November 13th, 2014 (NXT)
Long before she was the boss, Sasha Banks was wowing crowds in Chaotic Wrestling based out of Woburn, Massachusetts in 2008. She was known as Mercedes KV back then, and eventually would go on to win the Chaotic Women’s Championship for the first time after an I Quit match.
During her evolution to become a mainstay in the women’s division in WWE, Sasha had to put in the work on the independent circuit, making stops around the Northeast USA, including New England Championship Wrestling and the National Wrestling Alliance. No purple hair in sight for this fresh-faced rookie.
14Welcome To NXT
When Sasha Banks got to NXT, she still wasn’t the boss, and looked more cheerleader as she got started with WWE all the way back in 2012. She went through a tryout and got signed to the developmental brand where she started as a member of the BFFs, and just missing out on becoming the first NXT women’s champion.
13The Start Of The Boss
It didn’t take too long for Banks to start looking like the boss, as early in her NXT days she started to bling out her look, ad jewelry, including the boss necklace she is known for, and her coat with her initials on it. Of course, this is when Banks all took a little heel turn, aligning herself with Summer Rae to try and go after Paige, the NXT women’s champion.
One of the other pieces Sasha Banks is known for started in NXT. Her custom gold sunglasses became part of her legit boss look. As you can see, she has plenty of them, considering every match she basically throws them away as she makes her way down to the ring.
Sasha Banks started using the Bank Statement in NXT as her finishing move. The modified crossface could be hit on opponents out of nowhere, and helped score Banks a lot of victories, including one against her long-time rival Bayley, who should be on-again, off-again friends with over her WWE career.
10Triple H’s Entrance
Before she was wowing crowds at WrestleMania, Sasha Banks was part of WrestleMania in a different way. Along with Alexa Bliss and Charlotte Flair, Sasha was part of Triple H’s entrance at WrestleMania 30 when he took on Daniel Bryan in the opening match of the night. This was normal for NXT wrestlers to get called up to help the main roster as extras.
It wasn’t a sharp transition for Sasha Banks from her natural brunette hair color to the purple look she sported for years. She started slowly with red and colored highlights before her full complete change to purple. This is the look she sported when she won the NXT Women’s Championship for the first time.
When Sasha Banks finally got called up to the main roster 2015, she was fully purple-haired by then and it definitely helped her stand out. Unfortunately, she was a member of Team B.A.D. aka Beautiful and Dangerous, with Naomi and Tamina, taking on the Bellas and Paige, Charlotte and Becky Lynch.
Sasha Banks was one of three women who was leading the course of the women’s revolution in WWE. At WrestleMania 32, Snoop Dogg, her real-life cousin, sang her down to the ring for the first WWE Women’s Championship match, which Charlotte ended up winning. But women were finally being given huge entrances at WrestleMania.
6Hell In A Cell
Sasha Banks has made a lot of history in the WWE, which also includes being one of the first women to not only main event a pay per view, but also compete in a Hell In a Cell match. Along with Charlotte Flair, the two went the limit in the steel structure for the RAW Women’s Championship. Unfortunately for Banks, she lost her title in her first defense.
When the women were given their own Royal Rumble match, the person who drew Number One was Sasha Banks. And she nearly went the entire match, including facing off against Number 30, Trish Stratus. She lasted 54:46, due to being outside the ring most of the time before the Bella Twins eliminated her.
4Tag Team Champion
Sasha Banks continues to add firsts to her list in WWE, as she became half of the first WWE Women’s Tag Team champions with Bayley, winning in the first Women’s Elimination Chamber match. Sadly, the reign would be short-lived, as Banks and Bayley would lose to the Iconics at WrestleMania.
After a hiatus from the WWE, Banks made her return and drastically changed up her look, sporting blue hair and calling herself the Blueprint. She even changed her outfit to a leggings outfit for a time, and was thrust back into the title picture with The Man, Becky Lynch on RAW
2Hell In A Cell Part 2
Sasha Banks had already competed in one Hell In a Cell match with Charlotte, and now was part of the second-ever Hell in a Cell match, this time with Becky Lynch and once again for the RAW Women’s Championship. It was the longest match of the night at over 21 minutes, and sadly again, Sasha walked out of the cell without the golf.
Sasha Banks and Bayley would reunite together on Smackdown, as Sasha was a heel and Bayley had just turned heel herself, sporting a new haircut and getting rid of the hugger gimmick. Her and Sasha Banks weren’t concerned with the tag team titles, but rather keeping Bayley’s Smackdown Women’s championship.
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