Some rumors went around SummerSlam weekend about Sasha Banks getting a negative reaction from fans. The stories varied, but it all seemed to go back to fans who had camped out for autographs at the hotel WWE stars were staying at in New York City and “The Boss” didn’t stop and sign for them.
As it would happen, Sasha addressed the issue indirectly during an appearance she recorded that week on Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast.
During the interview, Sam Roberts asked Banks if “she had worked on her airport face,” which is in reference to photos of Banks not looking too happy to be photographed at the airport with fans.
“You want me to talk about how much I hate being bothered at an airport or hotels?” Banks replied.
Banks admitted there was a difference between a six-year-old girl walking up to her and asking for an autograph and someone accosting her for a stack of autographs when she’s at an airport.
“I grew up a wrestling fan, so I knew that I wanted to meet all my favorite wrestlers. But always in the back of my head I never thought in my life to be like, ‘Hey, they’re gonna fly in. Maybe I should wait at the airport for like 12 hours at a gate. Hey! They don’t want any sleep. Maybe I’ll go find their hotel they’re staying at and let me bother them.’
“Like to me, that’s stalking. I don’t tweet out what hotel I’m at. I don’t tweet out what airline I’m flying. I do tweet you what arena I’ll be performing at, so I do expect fans at the arena, and I’m so happy to sign at the arena, that’s fine because I’m telling you where I’m going to be at. If I see you in public, that’s fine.
“But when I’m at an airport at four in the morning and I see somebody with a carry-on and they open it with a hundred items of everyone and they’re bothering everybody to get an autograph, and I see it on eBay – that’s not okay to me.”
Later in the chat, Banks tells a story of flying home a day early due to injury and being met at the terminal by fans who got airline employees to tip them off about when she would be there.
“And there were fans at the airport with fans with stuff to sign and I was like, ‘Wait, how did you guys know what time I land and I was going to be here? They go, ‘Oh we called the airport and asked if you were flying in anytime soon to give us a phone call.’”
That didn’t sit too well with Banks and she told them to leave her alone.
You can listen to Banks discuss her problems with fans here.