Sasha Banks explains why she went on a hiatus after Wrestlemania 35. The Boss was missing from WWE television after Wrestlemania 35.
Sasha Banks and Bayley walked out into Wrestlemania 35 as the WWE Women’s Tag team Champions. They dropped the title to the IIconics on that night. While Bayley showed up the next day on RAW, the Boss was nowhere to be seen. In fact, she was away from the promotion for four months.
The former SmackDown women’s Champion recently appeared on the Just Women’s Sports podcast with Kelly O’Hara where she spoke about why she took such a long time away from the promotion. Banks went into great detail regarding what her mindset was then and why she needed the break.
Sasha Banks explains why she went on a hiatus after Wrestlemania 35
“It was from everything. From that grueling schedule and never getting to take in those wins and understanding those victories, taking my losses really, really hard and just being a baby. I started wrestling when I was 18, got signed when I was 20, straight on the road when I was 23. Just had that nonstop career of being Sasha Banks when I was 20 years old, and having my hair color change and not seeing my real hair for so long. And just losing, kind of myself and I lost my name. Not even my mom called me Mercedes. My friends didn’t call me Mercedes. They called me either The Boss or Sasha Banks.
“When I was at home I was really lost and confused. I looked at myself in the mirror and I just was not happy. This girl who was so obsessed with being a WWE superstar, it felt like her dream was coming to an end and it was everything I ever dreamt of as a kid anymore. I didn’t want to hate something that I’d loved my whole life, so I told myself I needed to take a break and walk away from it to find myself. To find out who Mercedes was. Cause at that point, all I knew was Sasha Banks.”
Life is everything I want it to be
“It was just that urge that I missed it so much. I was thankful for the time off, I got to take my wig off and see my beautiful, brown curly hair. I was like ‘oh! Okay, I remember that Mercedes. Your hair is actually beautiful. Okay that’s good, you have hair. Okay, you remember your name, that’s good.’ I wanted to know who I was without WWE. I wanted to know if I even liked anything else besides wrestling.
“I just wanted to have a hobby. Because anytime I talked to somebody it was like ‘what do you like?’ I’m like ‘one thing that I actually don’t want to talk about. Because it’s my life 24/7.’ I found things that I had an interest in. I liked other things, I went to therapy, I found meditation and I went to the beach. And I was like ‘okay, there’s life, there’s more than two things and oh, I can still love wrestling too. Oh okay. Life is everything I want it to be, because I can create my own reality to it.”‘
Banks has not been seen on WWE TV since Wrestlemania 37. However, she has been advertised for the July 16th episode of SmackDown from Houston, Texas. This will be the first episode of SmackDown in front of a live crowd in 16 months.
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