This is a good time for Sasha to be in the banks.
The WWE As part of her first run as SmackDown Women’s Champion, the star is not only entering the pay-per-view of the “Survivor Series” this Sunday, she is fresh from her on-screen appearance in the hit Disney Plus series. “Mandolorian. Banks, which has been in the ring for WWE since 2012, appeared last week in an episode of the “Star Wars” series on the Cosca Reeves, a Muscovorian resistance fighter.
Variety About her new championship spot in the WWE, how she experienced filming “The Mandolorian”, and who will win if they want to go to the WWE Universe and the “Star Wars” Universe War.
Read the full interview below.
Congratulations on your first run as SmackDown Women’s Champion. I know you’re nothing new to championship gold, so is it any different to have this title?
At this point it feels very different. Ever since I came back from my short break I have been trying to rediscover my passion, my wrestler just kissing the * mwah * chef. I mean, I’m always great, amazing. But the spices I’m adding in 2020 are so delicious, I can’t stop and I can’t wait to do more. Being the SmackDown Women’s Champion means I am absolutely the best. I always say ‘I am the best’. I know 100% that I am a great wrestler from time to time, but I have a lot of new competitors. I’m looking forward to many new faces, so many new match ‘ups and it really allows me to go to sleep dreaming of finding out what I’m going to do every Friday night.
Now you face Raw Women’s Champion Asuka in the “Survivor Series”. You both already have some classic matches, so what do you expect to get out of this?
Asuka, if not the best in our division, is the best competitor. And she is a legend in Japan. She is one of the longest standing champions in our company. We’ve thrown it away in the past, but every day I think, we want to be better in every single way. We want to do our best. Now that we represent our own brands and are champions, we’re really going to go out there on Sunday and prove who’s the best. SmackDown Team Blue. That’s why my hair is blue. That’s why I blueprint. That’s why I’m really great. I have to show her that I am the best in everything. She is great. But I was more.
So are you planning to walk through her on Sunday?
I plan to kill the show. I’m stealing the show as usual and you guys are sucking less. Like forever. They always say, ‘Man, Sasha Banks, she did it again. She did it again. ‘”
You mentioned that there are a lot of great competitors right now in your segment. Do you need to face anyone specifically in your championship regime?
O man, there are many. I knew Carmella was coming after me. But there may be a whole lineup. There is only one, you know? I have Liv Morgan, Ruby Riot, Bianca, Natalia, all of whom are my favorite girls. And I can’t wait for wrestling because it all inspires me. Like I said, this women’s section is the best women’s section. Every time I walked into that locker room, I knew the future was in good hands. I know it can be a lot of magic to create with these girls, and I can’t wait to do it with all of them.
Given that level of competition, how do you feel about the current WWE status and wrestling in general?
I think it’s unbelievable to see how much hope WWE brings to the world and how much fun we can have during these trying times. It gives me hope and it gives me joy, knowing that I can go to work and live my dream properly and put smiles on people’s faces and have the talent and brotherhood and brotherhood of my peers. This is so awesome. I love it. I am so thankful for wrestling for giving me the only purpose and joy in life. To spread joy and smiles all over the world, because at this point I can do nothing else, you know, hitting my ass. But I love it so much. I think this is a special place where you can create a lot of magic.
And I have to ask about your role in “Mandolorian”. That’s such a big deal for you. How did you get on the show?
This is a huge deal. I still can not overcome it. It still doesn’t feel real to me. The more interviews I do, the more I think, ‘Oh, my God, holy ones’, I just tell you, it still doesn’t make me feel real. It’s ‘Star Wars!’ One of the largest franchises in the entire world, one of the largest universes you can ever participate in.
Jon Fawcett came to me because he saw an interview I did with ‘Hot Ones’. And he really liked me and got my contact information. Then he asked me on FaceTime to be a part of ‘The Mandolorian’. I thought, ‘OK, I can not say,’ but I’re too scared, because I did not know I could do it with the WWE schedule. You know, we traveled a lot. But they worked it out and everything happened. And this is an amazing episode. I still can’t get over how awesome it is. Not only was it part of ‘Star Wars’, it was one of the greatest episodes in television history. I could see it all the time. ‘Star Wars’ is such a bad ass introduction to the world. Thank you so much for saving Baby Yoda! I can not overcome it. Ori God.
What does it mean to step into that set for the first time knowing that you will always be part of the “Star Wars” canon?
It is beyond. The first time I saw a wrestling ring. This is the first time I have seen such magic. I hate destroying what it looks like behind the scenes, but you felt like you were in a different galaxy in a different world. Mandolorian is so easy to play because I am regular in the universe. You know, Joan Favreau and David Filoni and Bryce Howard, they’re so awesome to me. I have any questions, because I’m so embarrassed and nervous., They answered. But [Jon] Reminded me ‘uh, you do WWE every week and you do live. You are awesome. I wanted you to be a part of the show. ‘So it felt like home to me and I got a whole new family and I was so grateful.
And you talked a little bit about Bryce Dallas Howard. She received much praise for her work in “Mandolorian”. What does it mean to work with her?
As I said, I was very nervous because she really, really guided me and really took me by the hand. She texted me that I was all right. She ran me all over if I had any questions. She was right there for me. So this is very special to watch. And I was really inspired by her and how she behaved with everyone. She is too low to earth. I brought her energy into my work because she treated me so well. And when you look at her she is getting so much praise for her work because she is so special.
Finally, Sasha, I know it’s hard for you to answer, but if the WWE Universe and the “Star Wars” Universe go to war, who do you think will win?
Oh. Wow. Wow. You know, II love love, love, love WWE. I love that this is a huge universe. It’s too big. But ‘Star Wars’ has a whole galaxy. I do not know if WWE is ready for it. I mean, WWE is too big. You have Sasha Banks in your team, you can get anything. But in my opinion it is better to unite with the ‘Star Wars’ universe than to go against how heavy they are. They ‘have been around for a long time, but WWE is there too, so I’m sure WWE stands for a fair chance, but I have to say’ Star Wars’, sorry.