The road to WWE begins somewhere and in the case of “The Boss,” she got her start wrestling for various independent promotions in New England under the name Mercedes KV. While Banks mostly wrestled women, she would take on men from time to time.
Early on in her career, she teamed with Nikki Roxx, who competed under the name Roxxi in Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA). At a Chaotic Wrestling event on October 1, 2010, the tandem faced Alexxis Nevaeh and Danny E in a losing effort. The future WWE Superstar also faced Danny E one-on-one in two separate contests, losing both times (on October 22 and November 13, 2010).
Banks continued to wrestle men up until her arrival to WWE in 2012. On February 18, 2012 in North Andover, Massachusetts, she wrestled her future husband in a four-way match for Beyond Wrestling.
Even with her tremendous success in WWE, Banks would not mind the opportunity to wrestle men again.
During an interview with Rolling Stone hyping her match against Charlotte and Becky Lynch at WrestleMania 32, Banks got asked, “With so many male wrestlers hurt, maybe it’s time to seriously explore more intergender angles?”
“I definitely agree with that,” she responded. “I just think it takes time. I went from two-minute matches when I started with NXT to eight, to 10, to 12. I definitely think after this match at WrestleMania, we’re gonna be given more opportunities like that. Not only will we show it, we’re gonna demand it.”