Sasha Banks spoke with NBC Sports on a number of pro wrestling topics. Here are some of the highlights:
Which WWE legends she would like to see in the Women's Royal Rumble Match:
"I would love to hear Trish Stratus' music. Of course Lita, Molly Holly, Jazz, Jacqueline, man even Victoria. It would be an honor to be in the ring with any of those girls. Beth Phoenix. Of course I want to win it, but at the same time, I would just want her to pick me up and throw me over the top. I would mark out, but I would land on my hands and go back into the ring like Kofi Kingston [Laughs]. Any of those girls would be incredible, but of course I would love to see girls from NXT get the opportunity, but of course they wouldn't win it because I would be the last person standing."
Being the face of WWE:
"For me it's always been the goal of wanting to be the best and wanting to make a name, my statement here in the WWE. I want to go down as a legend and as the greatest of all time, so those goals have always been a priority for anything I can do. If I'm even given a five-minute match, I want it to be the best match on the show. Things like that are easy, but for me the hardest thing is to actually think back about all of the things I have accomplished because with how fast things go here in the WWE, we're on the road every single week, we do live TV every week, it's hard to actually get to sit down and reflect on where I came from, where I've been and how much I've done in the company already and I've only been on the main roster for almost three years now and I've been with WWE for five.
It's crazy to actually try to have the time to reflect and not get overwhelmed. Like wow dude, look at all of the stuff you've done in three years, but it's crazy because I just want so much more because I'm never satisfied. Of course after the Royal Rumble, the next goal is to main event WrestleMania, to have a singles match at WrestleMania. To main event WWE house shows is a goal. There are just so many goals … like we keep talking about this women's evolution, but I just want it to become normal where it's not just interviews talking about the women, I just want it to be Sasha Banks the WWE superstar. Being the face of the company. There are so many goals … what I've done in these three years is almost like a haze because sometimes I'm like is this a dream? There's been a lot of stuff [Laughs]."
Not being simply handed moments by WWE:
"Exactly and that's the number one thing is. I don't just want something to be given to us just to put that little stamp like 'Oh look the women are doing it now it's cool.' No. My goal is to main event WrestleMania and if we're going to main event it, I need it to be the greatest storyline ever. I need the fans to be invested. I just don't want to get handed something because they're putting a first time ever [match] for women. I want it to be a good storyline and I want the crowd to care because those are the moments that … I feel like the reason people talk about the Brooklyn match [I had] with Bayley so much is because of the history between me and Bayley. You know that she fought from the very beginning to get the women's championship and for me, I fought to keep that and to show people that I'm the best. People are invested in the storylines more than just putting a name on something and bam! First time ever, you know what I mean?"
Source: NBC Sports