What happened to Sasha Banks?
WWE revealed on September 21 via Cathy Kelley that Banks suffered an injury that will keep her out of the Mixed Match Challenge competition. With “The Boss” sidelined, Mickie James joined forces with Bobby Lashley.
— WWE (@WWE) September 21, 2018
Banks hasn’t wrestled since September 9 at a live event in Biloxi, Mississippi, where she teamed up with Bayley, Ember Moon, and Natalya in a victory over Alexa Bliss, Alicia Fox, and The Riott Squad. WWE is being very secretive about the nature of her apparent injury. Dave Meltzer asked people in WWE about it and couldn’t get a straight answer other than she’s dealing with a health-related issue.
“I don’t have a specific injury. She’s off for medical reasons is all that I know,” Meltzer said on September 24 on Wrestling Observer Radio. “As far as whatever else, obviously they’re keeping that one quiet. It’s not like I haven’t asked.”
Meltzer continued, “Whatever reason, I don’t know why they wouldn’t say. Usually, when they don’t say, there’s usually a story as to why and you end up getting more suspicious.”
Meltzer added in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, “Whatever the injury to Banks is that has kept her out of action is something that has been kept quiet. The only thing we’ve been told is that she’s taking time off for a health-related issue.”
Sasha’s mysterious absence has WWE fans speculating on social media that she’s pregnant. This rumor is currently the top Twitter trend related to her.
sasha banks being pregnant is the wildest rumor i've ever heard.
— (@SharpCrawford10) September 24, 2018
I just saw on my TL Sasha Banks might be pregnant? who started that rumor?
— ً (@ROMANSMlNAJ) September 24, 2018
Where is it that WWE is reporting it’s a medical issue and than everyone is saying she’s pregnant but I don’t believe that cause why this soon and why at this time I don’t think she wants kids
— Natalie (Sasha banks is my inspiration) (@Nataliepeters34) September 26, 2018
It doesn’t look like Sasha is pregnant. Pro Wrestling Sheet’s Ryan Satin heard from a source of his that she’s dealing with a back injury. He’s not sure of the severity of her injury and is having trouble obtaining additional information.
Heard from a source that Sasha Banks is dealing with a back injury, but I’m not sure how serious it is. Have had trouble getting more info or additional confirmation from sources.
— Ryan Satin (@ryansatin) October 11, 2018
She’s at least healthy enough to exercise. On Thursday, husband Sarath Ton posted a photo on Instagram of Sasha in the middle of her workout in their home gym.
A source inside WWE told Jeff Whalen of Rajah.com that Banks’ absence may not have been strictly related to medical issues. It was hinted to him that she also stepped up away from WWE to “recharge and refresh.”
Banks often seems “disengaged” backstage. It’s rumored that Banks is generally unhappy with her standing in WWE since she’s gone from being a central figure in the women’s division to completely out of the main event picture with Alexa and now Ronda Rousey dominating the scene on Raw.
Banks could return to action as early as this week. According to a report by PWInsider.com on Saturday, Banks will be back on the road for Raw’s next live event tour (starting Friday in Bangor, Maine). While WWE.com is not advertising her for that particular show, she is advertised to appear at the following night’s show in Portland, Maine.