Over the past few months, there have been numerous rumours floating around pertaining to the relationship between Sasha Banks and WWE.
Although the former Champion will undoubtedly be a blessing for wrestling companies, one company appears to have had the opposite viewpoint.
Since leaving WWE in May with her erstwhile tag team mate Naomi, Banks has not competed in any matches. They haven’t been in touch with WWE for a long time now.
Despite not participating in wrestling, the pair made numerous red carpet appearances for hollywood and even did a ramp walk for New York Fashion Week. One of them appears to be making a quick comeback to the sport, though.
As part of NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom 17 event, which will take place in Japan, it was previously announced that Banks will make her comeback to the ring.
Despite the fact that Banks’ celebrity power will undoubtedly attract a sizable audience, a particular promotion was still reluctant to have her.
Sasha Banks was initially rejected by STARDOM due to demanding way too much money, as per Dave Meltzer of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter.
There were no specific figures mentioned, but it is reported to be higher than Chris Jericho’s NJPW pay of over $100,000 per appearance, which Rossy Ogawa, the promotion’s owner, thought to be excessively high.
It is to be noted that Jericho was the most popular guy in WWE when he left after the List of Jericho storyline. On the other hand, Sasha Banks has been out of action for long and hasn’t been part of a memorable storyline recently.
He was being paid around $1 million in WWE then already whereas Sasha Banks has been out of action for long an was getting paid close to $250,000 in WWE. Jericho could bring in a large number of people on his own, that Sasha probably can’t.
So demanding even more than Jericho, just didn’t make sense. She was demanding more than one third of her current annual pay for each appearance.
Despite first rejecting Sasha Banks’ offer, Takaaki Kidani, CEO of Bushiroad, the organisation that owns both STARDOM and NJPW, permitted her to set the price and appeared to have come to an amicable agreement.
Because of this high cost, it’s probable that the company will employ the longtime WWE superstar only for special events and occasions.
What Banks will be doing at Wrestle Kingdom is still unknown, but whatever it may be, it will undoubtedly cause a stir in the wrestling community.
It is unlikely that Sasha Banks will rejoin the WWE despite things being under Triple H’s control. However, it appears like she won’t give up wrestling entirely just yet.