The visual of Sasha Banks standing in a non-WWE ring across from these three big names is becoming a bigger possibility.
Rumors and innuendo around one of the biggest names in women’s wrestling are about to run rampant. As Wednesday, January 4 inches closer, fans and media members continue to speculate if Sasha Banks, now known as Mercedes Mone, will show up at Wrestle Kingdom 17. It would be a huge moment to see one of the Four Horsewomen outside of WWE, but after the year that was 2022, it’s even more of a possibility. If all is true and Banks is officially “done” with WWE as some outlets have stated, there are some big matches that await the former champion. These three stand out as three opponents that must face off with the woman known as “The Boss.”
Twenty-eight-year-old Giulia may be the future of women’s wrestling. The London, England native can do nearly anything in the ring and looks amazing while pulling it off. She accomplished an impressive career accolade when she defeated Syuri to close out 2022 and take the World of Stardom Champion. Fans should get to know this name sooner, rather than later because she’s going to be on the shortlist of contenders for 2023 Wrestler of the Year.
Banks is known for being an individual that is willing to help elevate the women around her. That is exactly what a matchup between these two women would do. Banks doesn’t have to be the individual to pick up the victory, as simply putting on a big match against Giulia would immediately build her stock as a champion and help Stardom overall. This is the type of attraction match that women’s wrestling needs soon.
Jade Cargill is on the cusp of becoming the first home-grown superstar for All Elite Wrestling. Everything about her scream “sports entertainer” in ways that some in the AEW demographic may not enjoy. That doesn’t stop her, however, as her status as an attraction continues to grow. AEW is in the tough position of not having anyone that’s a big enough name to truly stand across from Cargill and be the individual to take that TBS Championship from her. Banks is an easy solution to that equation.
As Cargill’s star in wrestling continues to grow, imagine the scenario where she must go through the biggest star in women’s wrestling today to get to where she’s trying to reach. It’s a story that writes itself that AEW could use to cement their women’s division. Cargill versus Banks has the marquee to be a main event women’s feud. One that could even headline an AEW PPV.
While the Four Horsewomen were dominating WWE, Syuri was leading the charge for women’s wrestling in Japan. As fans across the world and media outlets covering the industry recognized Banks as one of the top performers, Syuri fell under the mainstream radar because of where she was performing.
That’s no longer the case as Syuri is recognized as one of the best wrestlers in the world. She walked into 2022 running out of space to hold championships, with reigns that were comparably dominant to Roman Reigns and “Belt Collector” Kenny Omega. She recently dropped the last of those belts to Giulia, but that doesn’t lessen her stock as a top name in any fashion. Seeing Sasha Banks and Syuri standing across from each other and preparing for what would be a massive showcase is exactly what this next iteration of women’s wrestling needs to continue growing.
Honorable Mentions: Britt Baker, KAIRI, Jordynne Grace
The Sasha Banks/Mercedes Mone watch is already one of the biggest stories in 2023 professional wrestling and will dominate the month of January. For more as it develops, stick with Daily DDT.