Sasha Banks is right about never having a bad match

WWE, Sasha Banks (Photo by Leon Bennett/Getty Images)
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There’s a difference between “subjectivity” and an individual’s interpretation of the objective art they have taken in, and no sport/artform better exemplifies this dichotomy better than professional wrestling. The stories in pro wrestling are mostly straightforward — with wrinkles that are specific to the wrestlers telling those stories — and thus are at the whims of an audience that determines whether the story (and, as an extension, a wrestler’s skill) resonated with them. This brings us to WWE SmackDown star Sasha Banks.

For many, Banks is inarguably a master storyteller thanks to her timing, bumping, selling, and silky in-ring acumen. As such, it’s no surprise that “The Boss” would reach the same conclusion when evaluating her skills.

Sasha Banks says she hasn’t had a bad match. She’s right!

Here’s what she said about her in-ring consistency when speaking with Rasslin’ with Brandon F. Walker (h/t to Fightful’s Jeremy Lambert for the transcription):

"“I always (make history). Let’s be honest, all my matches deliver. All my matches are good. All my matches are five stars. It makes no difference if it’s WrestleMania, a live event, or Friday Night SmackDown. It’s no difference. That’s why I’m Sasha Banks. They are all five stars because I’m in them,” she said with her trademark in-character laugh."

Now, that “I skin dogs on my off-days” laugh that Lambert noted is evidence that Banks was heeling it up with some of her quotes. Particularly, the “They are all five stars because I’m in them” line isn’t dissimilar from something Kenny Omega and Don Callis say regularly on episodes of AEW: Dynamite and Impact Wrestling.

That said, there is truth to what Banks said as it relates to her consistency when the bell rings, which is a nice way of saying that she’s absolutely correct. Think about it: when has she ever had a bad match? Not okay, underwhelming, or fine; when has she had an outright BAD match in WWE? To save some time: it hasn’t happened.

When going through a wrestler’s body of work, the classics obviously stand out, but a long string of quality matches against a wide variety of opponents separates the great from the good. People will always remember masterpieces like the WrestleMania 37 match with Bianca Belair or the epics against Bayley, but her getting something entertaining out of the likes of Alexa Bliss, Ronda Rousey, Nia Jax, and flip-heavy Reginald are just as indicative of her talents.

Even when the booking doesn’t meet those same standards — and it’s astonishing how often it doesn’t — WWE recognizes these talents at some level, hence why she’s often at the epicenter of many important moments, like the first women’s Iron Man match, first women’s Hell in a Cell match, or being the first entrant and iron woman of the inaugural women’s Royal Rumble match.

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So, yeah, if you want to ensure that you have at least one good match on your wrestling show, Banks better be somewhere near the top of your call sheet; her track record with handling the monumental and the mundane backs this up. And that is a fact that should resonate with everyone.