Sasha Banks is a professional wrestler who plies her trade on the platform of WWE Raw. She is widely regarded as one of the best wrestlers in the world of women’s wrestling. Banks is not only renowned for her flamboyant looks but also for her flamboyant but highly effective wrestling moves. Want to know more about the life story of this purple haired amazon? Then you are in the right place.
Sasha Banks’s Age and Ethnicity
Sasha Bank’s real name is Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado. She was born on the 26th of January 1992 in the town of Fairfield, California. Banks did not have an easy childhood as her dad abandoned the family when she was only two. Her mother, Judith Varnado, raised her and her brother single-handedly.
The family moved around a lot, trying to find a place with suitable schools and suitable medical care for Sasha’s brother who is autistic. They spent some time in Iowa, before finally settling down in Boston when Sasha was 16 years old. Sasha made a selfless decision to abandon her schooling to take care of her brother full time. She, however, continued taking classes online.
Sasha Banks has a mixed ethnic background. She is half German courtesy of her dad and half African-American courtesy of her mother, Judith Varnado.
Journey Into Wrestling
Banks fell in love with wrestling at the age of 10. She always watched it on TV whenever she got the chance and boldly informed her mom that it was what she wanted to do with her life. Banks backed up her words with action and applied to various wrestling schools but none accepted her due to her young age. Her perseverance finally paid off when she was invited to attend a wrestling camp in Boston. She was 17 going on 18 at the time. Banks was the only female participant in the camp and gave a good account of herself. This marked the commencement of her career in wrestling as she thereafter joined the indy wrestling circuit.
Between 2010 and 2012, Banks wrestled on various indy wrestling platforms such as Chaotic Wrestling and New England Wrestling Championship. She finally made it to the big leagues in August 2012 when she was signed onto WWE’s NKT brand, a sort of feeder team for the bigger brands of the WWE such as Raw and Smackdown. All of Bank’s hard work and perseverance finally paid off in 2016 when she was signed to WWE Raw.
In the course of her six-year career, Banks has recorded many tremendous achievements. She has emerged champion of practically every platform she has wrestled on. In 2011, she won the Chaotic Wrestling women’s championship. In 2015, Banks defeated three other opponents to win the NKT women’s championship.
On joining WWE Raw in July 2016, Banks equally rolled over her winning mentality to the brand. She won the women’s championship the same month she joined WWE Raw. She has gone on to repeat the amazing feat on three more occasions namely October 2016, November 2016, and August 2017.
Sasha Banks describes herself as a ‘woman of many firsts’ and this is an appellation she deserves as she has played a major role in moving the women’s game forward. She is a trailblazer who has paved the way for other women wrestlers to follow. Sasha has contributed in no small measure in revolutionizing the women’s game and taking it to the level it is at now. Some of her achievements in this regard include: fighting Alexa Bliss in the first-ever women’s wrestling bout in the Middle East in December 2017; in January 2018, she also took part in the first-ever women’s Royal Rumble Match.
Sasha Banks furthermore took part in the first-ever women’s Elimination Chamber Match in February 2018. She equally fought in the first women’s Hell in a Cell Match, that match also marked the first time a women’s match would be the main event of a pay per view lineup. Sasha Banks and BFF, Bayley, competed in the first ever Iron Man Match in October 2015. The match was voted match of the year (male or female) by a wrestling magazine. Banks has credited wrestling with saving her life and giving her a sense of direction. Her mom (who was at first disapproving of her career choice) and brother are some of her biggest cheerleaders.
Is Sasha Married? Who Is The Husband?
Not much is really known about the relationships Sasha Banks may have been involved in. Additionally, she herself has said that she had no time to date or do other things that teenagers do as she was too busy caring for her brother and helping her mom.
Presently, Sasha Banks is married. She got married to a former wrestler, Sarath Ton in August 2016. The pair reportedly met on the indy wrestling circuit. Banks’ husband now works as a costume designer, designing the outfits of some of the biggest names in the WWE. His job has proved advantageous for the couple as it means that they are together even when the WWE goes on tour to other cities.
Sarath Ton also designs the stylish outfits which his wife rocks in the ring. The couple previously kept their relationship a secret in order to avoid internet trolls who felt that Banks had married somebody not ‘befitting’ for her.
How Rich Is Sasha Banks?
Sasha Banks has a net worth of $1 million dollars. Her income primarily comes from earnings from WWE. Banks reportedly earn $225,000 annually and has certainly come a long way from her days on the indy circuit where her payments mostly consisted of pizza, hotdogs, or at the very best, $25.
Height, Weight, and Other Body Features
Sasha Banks is of average height. She is 5 feet 5 inches tall and reportedly weighs 52 kg (115 lb). The wrestler maintains her physique by sticking to a diet consisting mainly of salads and chicken, avoiding desserts and regularly working out at the gym.
Her eye color is brown while her hair color is naturally black, however, you would never know this as her hair is always dyed either an electric purple or electric pink. Her hair is one of the things that stand her out. Banks also has a litany of famous cousins including Snoop Dogg, Daz, Brandy, and Ray J.