Wrestling fans starved for good news were sent a deal with the announcement that Sasha Banks would again return to the NXT ring for the singles competition to combat NXT women’s winner Io Shirai at a non-title bout during the particular Great American Bash variant of NXT on Wednesday night.
This pairing matches firmly into the”dream match” class, pitting two of their most brilliant in-ring actors in the world against each other in the peak of their abilities.
The match was created from Shirai chasing banks off, and Bayley following the WWE women’s tag team champions successfully defended their titles against Tegan Nox and Shotzi Blackheart. Banks fast issued a one-on-one challenge on social media, and the unlikely cross-brand game was secured in.
With her own expertise as NXT women’s winner, banks spoke to CBS Sports ahead of this highly-anticipated showdown, talking about what Shirai brings to the table.
“She brings such an exceptional style. She’s a great deal of Lucha libre and the Joshi pro wrestling fashion,” Banks said. “She is known among the largest in Japan. However, she is not better than Sasha Banks. I’m telling you, I am the finest on the planet. She may be great in Japan, and she could be OK and starting to get just a little note in NXT. Tonight, I will take her to the star she is presumed to be because that is what a leader is designed to perform. Be sure to see tonight on the USA channel at 8:00 p.m. ET and see me ruin Io and reveal her why this has ever been my own NXT.”
These four girls established the base of NXT as the home of magnificent women’s wrestling. Shirai has turned into a part of continuing that heritage, capturing the title by beating Rhea Ripley and then-champion Flair at NXT TakeOver: At Your House on June 7.
Shirai has the chance to knock off a second member of the Four Horsewomen of NXT when she fights Banks. However, the reigning tag champ maintains she isn’t treating the match with Shirai or those trips back to the NXT ring any differently from any other night on the job.
“It is nothing, it’s just got the job done,” Banks said. “It is only collecting another test, honey bunny. Do you not work? Can you not go into an office? I know you are probably sitting at home. It is nothing new. I’m only here to collect my check and gather all the debts that these NXT students owe me.”