Sasha Banks Involved In Second Season Of “The Mandalorian”

WWE star Sasha Banks is going to a galaxy far, far away … as she’s apparently filmed scenes for the upcoming season of “The Mandalorian.”
The news of her involvement in the show’s second season was first reported by the Mat Men Pro Wrestling podcast and sources tell us their information is accurate.
No word at this time on what character she’ll be playing or how big/small the role may be. 
Sasha last wrestled on the January 3 episode of SmackDown in a triple threat tag team match that she and Bayley lost. Since then, she’s claimed to be dealing with an ankle injury.
Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” is set to premiere in October. 
Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado (born January 26, 1992) is an American professional wrestler. She is signed to WWE, where she performs on the SmackDown brand under the ring name Sasha Banks.
She previously wrestled on the independent circuit, most notably for Chaotic Wrestling, where she once held the Chaotic Wrestling Women's Championship. Between WWE and their developmental brand NXT, Banks has had six championship reigns—being a former NXT Women's Champion, a record-tying four-time Raw Women's Champion and the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Champion alongside Bayley. Her match against Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Respect on October 7, 2015, was the first women's match to ever headline a NXT TakeOver, the first Iron Woman match in WWE history, and the longest women's match in WWE history at the time with a length of 30 minutes.[4] Their match was voted by Pro Wrestling Illustrated (PWI) as the Match of the Year, with Banks also being voted as the Woman of the Year, while their match at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn in August 2015 won the NXT Year-End Award for Match of the Year.
In 2016, she and Charlotte Flair became the first women to headline a WWE pay-per-view event and the first to compete in a Hell in a Cell match (both at Hell in a Cell in October 2016), the first women to main event Raw in a women's match since 2004[5][6] and the first women to win the Pro Wrestling Illustrated award for Feud of the Year.[7] In February 2019, she won the inaugural WWE Women's Tag Team Championship with her tag team partner, Bayley (together known as The Boss 'n' Hug Connection), at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view.

Chaotic Wrestling (2010–2012)

Kaestner-Varnado began training at Chaotic Wrestling (CW), based in Woburn, Massachusetts, in 2008.[3] She made her in-ring debut, under the ring name Mercedes KV, on October 1, 2010 in an intergender tag team match, where she teamed with Nikki Roxx in a losing effort to Alexxis and Danny E. KV and Roxx quickly formed an allianceteaming together regularly and accompanying each other to ringside.[14] On October 22, KV lost her debut singles match to Danny E.,[15] and lost a rematch to him on November 13.[14]
On January 7, 2011, KV earned her first victory when she and Roxx defeated Alexxis and Mistress Belmont in a tag team match. On February 11, KV took part in a five-woman gauntlet match to determine the inaugural Chaotic Wrestling Women's Champion, but was unsuccessful.[14] KV continued competing in singles matches throughout the remainder of 2011 and on December 2 defeated Alexxis in a "I Quit" match to win the Chaotic Wrestling Women's Championship for the first time.[3][14][16]
KV made her first successful title defense against Barbie on January 6.[3][14] KV faced Luscious Latasha with the championship on the line on January 27, where KV retained the title.[3][17] KV successfully defended the championship against Alexxis in a rematch.[3][18] She then successfully defended the championship twice against Nikki Roxx.[3][14] On June 1, KV defeated Alexxis, Barbie and Mistress Belmont in a fatal four-way match to retain the championship, after which she became the longest reigning Chaotic Wrestling Women's Champion in history by breaking Alexxis's previous record of 182 days.[19] KV went on to defend and successfully retain the championship against Barbie on June 24, against Aida Marie on July 20, and on August 17 against Kasey Ray.[3] KV made her final appearance for Chaotic Wrestling on August 18, where she lost to Ivy Fit in a non-title match.[3] On August 17, the Chaotic Wrestling Women's Championship was declared vacant after Kaestner-Varnado signed a contract with WWE, thus ending her reign at 259 days.[3]

On August 8, 2010, KV made her debut in New England Championship Wrestling (NECW), teaming with Ivy to defeat the team of Ariel and Sammi Lane.[3] She returned to the NECW on September 4, 2011, again teaming with Ivy, defeating Mistress Belmont and Veda Scott.[3] On September 23, KV defeated Mistress Belmont in a singles match.[3][20] KV once again returned to the promotion on July 14, 2012 at the Red White and Bruised event, where she was defeated by Adrianna by countout.[3][21]
KV, under the ring name Miss Mercedes, debuted for National Wrestling Alliance (NWA) on November 19, 2010, where she faced Julian Starr in a losing effort.[3] On the following two nights, Mercedes defeated Sheik Ali and Nick Fahrenheit in singles matches.[3] Mercedes began to feud with The Great Cheyenne, losing to her on several occasions.[3] On August 9, she wrestled her last match for the NWA, defeating Arlene in a singles match.[3]

WWE

The BFFs (2012–2014)

In June 2012, Kaestner-Varnado participated in a WWE tryout camp and on August 18 it was announced that she had been signed to a contract.[22] She was assigned to NXT, WWE's developmental territory, where she adopted the ring name Sasha Banks, and made her televised debut on NXT on December 12, losing to Paige.[23][24] Banks' first televised win on NXT was on the January 23, 2013 episode against Alicia Fox.[25][26] Banks then entered a storyline where she received letters from a secret admirer, who was eventually revealed to be Audrey Marie, who returned and attacked Banks on the February 20 episode of NXT, due to Marie's jealousy of Banks' success.[27][28] Marie went on to defeat Banks in a match later that episode.[29] Banks' feud with Marie came to an end on the April 3 episode of NXT, when Banks teamed with Paige to defeat Marie and Summer Rae.[30][31] On the June 19 episode of NXT, Banks competed in the NXT Women's Championship tournament to determine the inaugural champion, but lost to Rae in the first round.[32]
After weeks of influence by Summer Rae to make herself relevant, Banks was defeated by the NXT Women's Champion Paige on the September 11 episode of NXT, after which she attacked Paige after the latter attempted to console her, leading to Banks turn into a villainess.[33] Two weeks later on NXT, Banks defeated Bayley, while accompanied by Rae.[3] After the match, Banks cut a promo with Rae and debuted a new gimmick as "The Boss".[34] Banks and Rae, who dubbed themselves The Beautiful, Fierce Females (BFFs), faced Paige and Emma on the October 16 episode of NXT, where they emerged victorious.[35] On the November 13 episode of NXT, the BFFs defeated Bayley and Charlotte in a tag team match, when Charlotte attacked Bayley and aligned herself with Banks and Rae.[36] In mid-January 2014, as Rae moved up to WWE's main roster, Banks and Charlotte began a rivalry with Bayley, who had aligned herself with Natalya, and lost in both singles and tag team matches.[37][38][39] On April 6, Banks made an appearance at WrestleMania XXX as a part of Triple H's entrance.[40] In May, Banks entered a tournament for the vacant NXT Women's Championship, defeating Bayley in the first round, but losing to Natalya in the semi-finals.[41][42] On the July 3 episode of NXT, Banks and Charlotte defeated Bayley and Becky Lynch, only for Charlotte to leave Banks after the match to get attacked by Bayley, with Banks officially disbanding the BFFs in a backstage segment later that night.[43]

NXT Women's Champion (2014–2015)

On the August 14 episode of NXT, Banks lost to Bayley in a match to determine the number one contender to the NXT Women's Championship.[44] At NXT TakeOver: Fatal 4-Way on September 11, Banks attacked Bayley after her title match with Charlotte, before Charlotte stopped her.[45] Becky Lynch turned on Bayley and aligned herself with Banks on the October 23 episode of NXT after Banks defeated Bayley in a singles match.[46] Banks promptly began feuding with NXT Women's Champion Charlotte, leading to a match between the two at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution on December 11 with Charlotte's championship on the line, which Banks lost.[47] Banks received a rematch on the December 25 episode of NXT, where she was once again unsuccessful.[48] Banks first appeared on WWE's main roster on the December 30, 2014 episode of Main Event, where she lost to Charlotte in a non-title match.[49] On January 21, 2015, Banks received another title match against Charlotte, which she lost after Becky Lynch attacked Charlotte, causing a disqualification, which led to dissension between Banks and Lynch.[50]
Banks wrestling Charlotte during a house show in March 2015
On February 11 at NXT TakeOver: Rival, Banks won the NXT Women's Championship by pinning Charlotte in a fatal four-way match that also involved Lynch and Bayley.[51] Banks successfully retained the championship against Charlotte in a rematch on the March 4 episode of NXT,[52] and against Alexa Bliss on March 25.[53] At NXT TakeOver: Unstoppable on May 20, Banks defended and retained the title against Becky Lynch.[54] On the July 8 episode of NXT, Banks teamed with Charlotte to defeat Emma and Dana Brooke, after which Charlotte challenged Banks to an NXT Women's Championship match, which Banks accepted.[55] They had their championship match the following week on the July 15 episode of NXT, in which Banks retained the championship and the two shared a hug, with Charlotte raising Banks's hand as a sign of respect.[56]
At NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn on August 22, Banks dropped the NXT Women's Championship to Bayley, thus ending her reign at 192 days.[57] After the match, Banks celebrated with Bayley and former rivals Becky Lynch and Charlotte.[58] The match was highly praised by critics and won Match of the Year at the NXT Year-End Awards.[59] At NXT TakeOver: Respect on October 7, Banks was defeated by Bayley in the main event in the first women's 30-minute Iron man match in WWE history, losing two falls to three in what would be her last match in NXT.[4][60]

Women's Revolution and Team B.A.D. (2015–2016)

Banks made her official debut on the July 13, 2015 episode of Raw along with Charlotte and Becky Lynch, after Stephanie McMahon called for a "revolution" in the WWE Divas division. While Lynch and Charlotte allied with Paige, who was feuding with Team Bella (Alicia FoxBrie and Nikki Bella), Banks allied with Naomi and Tamina, who later dubbed themselves as Team B.A.D. (Beautiful and Dangerous), leading to a brawl between the three teams.[61] In her WWE pay–per–view debut on July 19 at Battleground, Banks competed in a triple threat match against Charlotte and Brie Bella, which Charlotte won.[62] Banks went on to defeat Paige twice, first by submission on the July 20 episode of Raw, in a tag team match where Banks teamed with Naomi for the first time,[63] and again on the July 27 episode of Raw in a singles match.[64] After defeating the Divas Champion Nikki Bella by submission in a non–title match on the August 17 episode of Raw,[65] Banks participated in the first ever Divas number one contender's Beat the Clock challenge match, in which she fought Paige to a time limit draw and Charlotte was named the number one contender.[66] Following this, Banks rekindled her rivalry with Paige and defeated her twice on the September 7 and 14 episodes of Raw.[67][68] Although she lost in a fatal four–way number one contender's match for Charlotte's Divas Championship in November,[69] Banks was not pinned and began a winning streak, defeating the likes of Brie Bella,[70] Alicia Fox,[71] and Becky Lynch on various shows.[72][73][74]
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