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. 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 and the first women to win the Pro Wrestling Illustrated award for Feud of the Year. 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.
Mercedes Justine Kaestner-Varnado was born in Fairfield, California, and later moved to various places, including Minnesota, to find schools and hospitals for her disabled brother. Her family settled in Boston, Massachusetts, where she began her professional wrestling career. She went to school online and grew up watching All Japan Women’s Pro-Wrestling (AJW). She is of African American and European descent.
Kaestner-Varnado is a first cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg, who helped develop her in-ring persona. She is also a first cousin of music producer Daz Dillinger and singers Brandy Norwood and Ray J. She is a fan of K-pop music and Japanese anime Sailor Moon. Kaestner-Varnado married WWE costume designer and retired professional wrestler, Sarath Ton, also known as Kid Mikaze, on August 4, 2016. Kaestner-Varnado has cited Eddie Guerrero as her favorite wrestler.
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She was in attendance at Guerrero’s memorial episode of Raw on November 14, 2005 in Minneapolis, and she also revealed that she was unaware that Guerrero had died before she arrived at the arena.
Sasha Banks Measurements Height Weight Bra Size Age
|Real Name||Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado|
|Nickname||KV, The Boss|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Billed Height||in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in Feet Inches- 5’ 5″
|Weight||in Kilograms- 52 kg
in Pounds- 115 lbs
|WWE Debut||NXT: 12 December 2012
RAW: 13 July 2015
|Achievements (Main ones)||• Chaotic Wrestling Women’s Championship (1 time)
• NXT Women’s Championship (1 time)
• WWE Raw Women’s Championship (2 time)
• Pro Wrestling Illustrated Women of the Year (2015)
|Date of Birth||26 January 1992|
|Age (as in 2021)||29 Years|
|Birth Place||Fairfield, California,
|Zodiac sign/Sun sign||Aquarius|
|Educational Qualifications||Not Known|
|Family||Father– Not Known
Mother– Judith Varnado
Brother– 1 (Physically disabled)
|Favorite Wrestlers||Eddie Guerrero, Rey Mysterio, Chris Benoit, Akira Hokuto|
|Favorite Movie||The Wolf of Wall Street|
|Favorite Music||K-pop (South Korean pop music)|
|Favorite Animated Series||Sailor Moon (Japanese)|
|Boys, Family & More|
|Affairs/Boyfriends||Sarath Ton aka Kid Makaze|
|Marriage Date||4 August 2016|
|Husband/Spouse||Sarath Ton (Former Indy Wrestler)|
Some Lesser Known Facts About Sasha Banks
- Does Sasha Banks smoke: Not Known
- Does Sasha Banks drink alcohol: Yes
- In order to find schools and hospitals for her disabled brother, young Sasha and her family had to relocate to a new place every now and then.
- In her younger days, Sasha loved watching Pro-wrestling on TV, to the extent that despite her mother’s resentment, she would sneak into her brother’s room (having a TV) to continue watching and learning the art of wrestling.
- Sasha began her wrestling career on the independent circuit, where she wrestled under the name Mercedes KV.
- She is a first cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg, music producer Daz Dillinger, and singers Brandy Norwood and Ray J.
- Sasha’s husband, Sarath Ton, a former Indy wrestler, who worked a match or two with WWE NXT, is now working with the promotion as a costume designer.
- All of Sasha’s costumes and accessories are inspired by Singer-songwriter Beyoncé.