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Sasha Banks in Japan ahead of rumored in-ring appearance at Wrestle Kingdom 17

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It could finally be happening for all Sasha Banks fans who’ve been waiting months for her return to in-ring action as we have learned today she has arrived in Japan. As per Pwinsider, Mercedes Varnado, aka Sasha Banks, is reportedly in Japan to prepare for the January 4 New Japan Pro Wrestling pay-per-view event, Wrestle Kingdom 17.

Banks apparently has numerous dates stacked up with NJPW. It was also reported that company chairman Takaaki Kidani decided to bring in “The Legit Boss” because he wanted a big star with the WWE brand value to appear on his promotion’s premier show and was ready to pay whatever it took to make it happen.

It was also recently reported on multiple sites that Banks had negotiated her WWE release months ago but was to wait until 2023 for the non-compete clause to expire. With that date almost here, it’s only a matter of time before she returns to the ring to do what she does best.



Sasha Banks In Japan People Are Talking

The Pacific Rim Pro Wrestling Podcast with Fumi Saito and I is back and everyone is talking about the potential for Sasha Banks to appear at Wrestle Kingdom.

But, how big of a star is she in Japan now as WWE isn’t on TV there and hasn’t toured there in years? How much visibility does she have in the country? We discuss.

Also, we talk big plans for Keiji Muto’s retirement, Jake Lee, Naito & Ibushi being elected to the Wrestling Observer Hall of Fame, Rossy Ogawa, your questions and more.

A packed show with all kinds of history and information, so check it out.

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