There are four WWE superstars that have transcended the business to mainstream culture. Hulk Hogan, Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and John Cena. I think that the next superstar that has a chance to go to that level of stardom is Sasha Banks. You look at the accolades she has from being a pro wrestler, she has awards from Rolling Stone, Pro Wrestling Illustrated, CBS Sports, Sports Illustrated’s 2020 wrestler of the year, and just recently won an ESPY for best WWE moment. That moment saw two Black women main event Wrestlemania for the first time in the history of the company, her and Bianca Belair put on a clinic. On top of all that she was the fourth woman to be a triple crown winner. It is obvious that she is one of if not the best woman in WWE and all of pro wrestling. In Sasha’s case her talents go beyond the ring.
She secured a guest role on the hit Disney+ show The Mandalorian where she got to show how diverse she can be. Director Jon Favreau watched her interview on the hit YouTube series Hot Ones, got her information, and told her he wants her on the show. He didn’t watch a match or a promo it was an interview where she ate the hottest wings in the world that got him on the Sasha Banks train. If you can exude charisma, confidence, and good storytelling ability through a 20 minute interview while you’re eating hot wings then I think you’re in good shape. To get the attention of a Hollywood titan like Favreau in that way is pretty impressive. The fans enjoyed her recurring guest role and I’m sure that has or will lead to other opportunities for her.
At 29 years old the sky is the limit for Mercedes Varnado (Sasha’s real name). I mean when you are the cousin of Snoop Dogg and Ray J anything is possible. Yes, hip hop legend, actor, mogul, and overall entertainer Ray J is her cousin! There are many doors that can be opened for her when she’s done wrestling or while she’s wrestling because of how talented she is and she just has the look. The it factor is something they talk about in the wrestling industry, Sasha Banks has it and more.