10 Ways WWE Screwed Over Sasha Banks

Former Raw and Women's Tag Team Champion Sasha Banks is reportedly unhappy with WWE, and she's been absent on Monday Night Raw ever since she and Bayley lost their titles to The IIconics at WrestleMania 35.

As it turns out, Bayley and Banks were confident that they were about to receive a lengthy run together with the Women's Tag Team Championships - having only won them back at the February Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

But instead, the two were shocked to learn shortly before the big show that they were set to drop the titles to The IIconics. It was later reported by Dave Meltzer that Banks wanted to "quit" WWE when she was told about the booking decision. The Legit Boss has gone on to post cryptic messages on social media, and WWE is giving her time off to ponder her future with the company.

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If Banks decides to leave, it's hard to blame her. And if WWE loses one of its top female wrestlers, they can look back on these 10 moments where they screwed her over.


Paige returned to WWE in Nov. 2017 after missing over a year recovering from neck surgery. She revealed the new "Absolution," stable that featured herself, Sonya Deville and Mandy Rose.

Coming off a feud with Alexa Bliss for the Raw Women's title (more on that later), Banks was thrown into a lackluster feud that featured her, Bayley and Mickie James clashing with Absolution.

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This six-person rivalry didn't really go anywhere, and it was quite a drop-off in terms of entertainment from Banks' feud with Bliss. This did nothing to help The Legit Boss find much-needed momentum, and with Paige dealing with a tragic career-ending injury a month after returning, WWE was forced to drop the Absolution storyline quickly.


Since moving out of the Raw Women's Championship picture, for the most part, WWE has put Bayley and Banks together for far too long. Both of them have shined as Raw Women's Champions, and both are worthy of being main eventers themselves.

But WWE has kept the two paired up far too often, ever since "The Hugger" joined the main roster in 2016. There is no real reason for the creative team to have kept this two together in storyline all this time - considering they didn't really go anywhere for a while.

What did that accomplish, before they won the titles at Elimination Chamber? Not a whole lot.


Banks may have headlined Hell in a Cell 2016 against Charlotte Flair, but other than that, WWE has often failed to give her enough exposure and spotlight when it comes to the big shows.

The Legit Boss hasn't been given any big-time "WrestleMania moments," yet. She wasn't given much of a role in the historic Evolution pay-per-view - where she, Bayley and Natalya beat The Riott Squad in an uneventful average match. WWE could have had Banks win one of the first two women's Royal Rumble events too, but they passed on that. They've been too busy giving all the big matches to Alexa Bliss, Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, and Ronda Rousey.


Since WWE reintroduced the brand split in the summer of 2016, they've kept Banks on Raw the whole time. Actually, they've put most of the major female wrestlers on the flagship brand.

Many of the other main eventers like Becky Lynch, Bayley, Alexa Bliss, Charlotte Flair, Nia Jax, and Ronda Rousey have been competing with Banks for the screen time and championship opportunities on Raw. Before Lynch became a big deal again - and before Charlotte and Asuka moved to SmackDown Live - WWE could have easily put Banks on the blue brand. They could have built the women's division around her, giving Banks all the exposure and the main event status she so deserved.

Instead, they've kept her on Raw this whole time - and she's done nothing but take back after back seat to so many different wrestlers over time.


WWE could have given Banks more momentum by having her clash with Ronda Rousey for a while. But all they did was give The Legit Boss one match vs. The Baddest Woman on the Planet at Royal Rumble, which Rousey predictably won.

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This isn't to say that Banks should have been the first person to defeat Rousey, but WWE could have turned her heel and have Banks enter a long-term program with the former UFC star. They should have had a Banks-Rousey feud sometime after SummerSlam, and the feud could have ended right there at Royal Rumble.

The one match wasn't enough to satisfy us. WWE wasted another prime opportunity to pit its star (Rousey) against one of its elite female veterans.


Leading up to WrestleMania 33, Banks had slowly drifted out of the Raw Women's Championship picture. It was Bayley's time to shine, plain and simple.

The Hugger defended her title on the Grandest Stage of Them in a Fatal 4-way match, which also included Banks, Nia Jax, and Charlotte Flair. Bayley won the match to retain her title, and up to that point, WWE had seemingly teased a potential Banks heel turn. It was the perfect time to change things up and turn Banks heel for the first time since her call up to the main roster. But nope. They had her continue the role of being the happy, not-at-all-jealous best friend to Bayley. It was a missed opportunity, to say the least.


History was made when Banks and Charlotte competed in the very first women's Hell in a Cell match back in 2016. It was an iconic moment for both Flair and Banks. And at the time, they were perhaps the two biggest names in the women's division.

Banks was originally scheduled to win the match and retain her Raw Women's Championship. However, Vince McMahon reportedly decided at the last minute to have Charlotte win instead. And she did.

That ultimately destroyed Banks' biggest push she has received to this date. She and Charlotte then kept going back-and-forth for the title, and WWE simply began mismanaging Banks from then on out.


A long overdue heel turn was seemingly in the works for Banks last year, when she and Bayley began to experience some heat and tension in their friendship. It looked like WWE was finally ready to give Banks a fresh start.

But nope. She and Bayley continued to tease the end of a friendship, and it looked like Banks would turn heel. But the two simply patched things up after seeing a counselor, and the two made up shortly after.

That whole storyline was downright pointless. And once again, WWE wasted another excellent opportunity to do something big with Banks.


Banks and Charlotte Flair share the record for most Raw Women's Championship reigns at four apiece. But Banks has only been the champion for a combined 82 days. To put that into perspective, Flair has held the title for 242 days - about three times as long as Banks.

Rousey's first title reign lasted 242 days. And in three championship reigns, Bliss has held the title for 398 days. Doesn't that seem a little unfair to Banks? Throughout her four title runs, Banks has only held onto the title for an average of three weeks.

Banks' first two Raw Women's Championship reigns both lasted 27 days. The second one lasted 20 days. The fourth one? A mere eight days. What kind of booking is that?


It was far too soon to take the Women's Tag Team titles off of Banks and Bayley. It was far too soon to put them on The IIconics, who still have a long way to go before establishing themselves as worthy champions.

And this was the booking decision that has led to Banks pondering her future in WWE. All they had to do was keep the belts on her and Bayley, and things would have been fine.

Instead, here we are wondering if we've seen the last of her in WWE.

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