Triple H’s vision of NXT had a lot of shortcomings and one of the biggest of them was its failure to create main event stars for the main roster. While many did great in the developmental environment, that did not translate when they made the jump to either RAW or SmackDown and eventually found themselves struggling. It is not a mere coincidence that out of the last 10 NXT Champions before the transition to 2.0, only three are still with the company.
One thing that NXT did brilliantly though is that they were able to create top-level women’s wrestlers like Charlotte Flair, Becky Lynch, Sasha Banks, Bayley, Bianca Belair, and more, who have gone on to become prominent features on the main roster, main-evented WrestleManias and established themselves some of the biggest stars in the modern WWE. But still, one has to wonder, have they all fulfilled their potential?
Has WWE Ever Gotten The Best Out of Sasha Banks?
Banks was destined for big things from the very beginning and while she has gone on to achieve a lot on the main roster, including main-eventing on the Grandest Stage of Them All, it is hard to shake off the feeling that WWE has never quite understood how to get the best out of ‘The Boss’.
The early phase of the women’s revolution was dominated by Flair and Banks, while Bayley and Lynch struggled to find their feet after moving up from NXT.
Flair has remained at the top of the card from the very beginning, winning one Championship after the other. The booking of Banks though has been up and down, and one could argue that both Lynch and Bayley have overtaken her in importance in recent years.
Sasha Banks Has Never Had Big Title Runs
Banks has won her fair share of championships through the course of her career, but she has never had a career-defining run with the belt. She has held the RAW Women’s Championship on 5 different occasions and yet, all those runs have not even combined for four months as champion.
Her only long run with a singles’ belt on the main roster was with the SmackDown Women’s Championship, but unfortunately, even that came during the COVID era inside empty arenas, and it will be most remembered for the manner in which it ended, at the hands of Belair at WrestleMania 37 in one of the greatest women’s matches in WWE history.
Sasha Banks’ WrestleMania Record Is Terrible
A large part of the careers of WWE superstars is defined by their performances at WrestleMania. Considering the fact that Banks has been a top women’s wrestler for years, her record at the Grandest Stage of Them All is not the most impressive. Of course, she has the match against Belair under her belt but other than that, it is hard to remember a big WrestleMania moment for ‘The Boss’.
Her first match at the event was a Triple Threat against Flair and Lynch. The following year, she would participate in a Fatal Four Way against Bayley, Flair, and Nia Jax. The next year, Banks was relegated to the kick-off show, taking part in the women’s battle royal. Then at WrestleMania 35, she was part of a fatal four-way women’s tag team match, teaming with Bayley. Her trend of being involved in multi-woman matches would continue as the next time it was a Fatal-5-way match.
She showed what she was capable of the next year when she faced off one-on-one against Belair, but things would return to the norm this year, as she was part of a fatal four-way women’s tag team match once again, this time teaming up with Naomi and winning the tag team titles. Incidentally, it was also her first win at WrestleMania, at the 7th attempt.
WWE Have Not Capitalized On Her Mainstream Attention
Despite not having the strongest booking, Banks managed to break into the mainstream by being part of The Mandalorian, a live-action series of the Star Wars franchise. Safe to say, it was a big deal, and yet, WWE never managed to quite capitalize on that.
One does feel that there was a window of opportunity there to catapult Banks to the level of Lynch and Flair, but the company just did not know how to do it. As a result, while those two compete for world titles on WrestleMania, we see Banks back competing in multi-woman tag team matches, with very little build-up and even lesser memorability.