Sasha Banks is one of the biggest stars in WWE at present and could make history by becoming a three-time Women’s Tag Team Champion tonight at Elimination Chamber.
The SmackDown Women’s Champion was also one of the focal points of WWE’s Women’s Division throughout the Women’s Revolution before taking hiatus from the company back in 2019.
There were several reports regarding Banks’ WWE future at that time, but The Boss has finally been able to set the record straight as part of her appearance on Stone Cold’s Broken Skull Sessions, regarding her depression at the time and requesting her release from WWE.
“At Elimination Chamber, I know how important that match was for Bayley, but at that time I still was slowly [going down] and not happy.”.
“Depression. Depression was taking over. My mind was taking over. My thoughts were taking over. This place was being bigger than me. And I really, really lost myself because, for a good seven years, I didn’t even hear my real name. I didn’t hear Mercedes anymore. All I heard was Sasha Banks, and traveling on the road, we only get one to two days off.”
“So, I’m home, not even seeing what my real hair looks like. All I see is purple hair every single day. There were just so many things that were just — I let it control me. I let it take it and be like, ‘This is too much instead of being like, ‘You know what? Everything’s good. Breathe. Everything’s fine.’ [Laughs].”
“I couldn’t even look at myself, I didn’t even know who the hell I was. How I was going into work, how angry I was going in, how sad I was. I was not the person that I dreamt to be.”
“It hit the fan and I wanted to make sure that I didn’t lose myself. So I said, ‘You know what? I got to take a step away and find myself again and I gotta be brave about that.’ And that was probably one of the hardest things I had to do — ask to leave the WWE.”
“I asked to leave and Vince was like, ‘no, He said no. He said I’m gonna give you 30 days to think about it. And I took more than 30 days.”