As a female champion in a male-dominated industry, Sasha Banks realizes that it's important to be a role model. Thanks to Stephanie McMahon and the Diva's revolution, Banks says that puts her in position to do so...and McMahon, too.
Banks, the WWE Women's Champion, was one of the important cogs in putting forth the 'Divas Revolution' on WWE programming last year. Banks has stated her desire to do so since being a child, but told The Whig that while it didn't have the type of kickoff she wanted, it finally landed in the right place.
"I’ve wanted to change the whole division (since I was younger). I didn’t want to walk into the WWE being a diva and being someone that you see just doing bikini matches and just play second fiddle to the guys. I wanted to stand out and be the best and have people tune into Monday Night Raw and tune into SmackDown to see what Sasha Banks can do. And hopefully I am doing that and hopefully people are getting excited to see women’s wrestling. It was a struggle at first when we got brought up (to Raw). This Divas Revolution didn’t have that great, great start that I wanted (it) to, but I knew with time that we would get it to where we wanted to be," the WWE Women's Champion explained.
The polarizing Stephanie McMahon was also brought up during the interview, but according to Banks, she doesn't consider McMahon to be such. Banks complimented McMahon for being a role model and always giving the other women advice. After nearly two decades in wrestling, Banks says that Stephanie is someone she admires.
"She is a huge role model not just for girls outside of WWE, but for us. She is so strong in the way that she carries herself. Any time she’s backstage, she’ll talk to us, she’ll give us advice, she always gives me a hug when I see her. I think little things like that, when a boss — she is a boss, just like me — that she actually cares about what we’re doing and I think that’s so special. She is absolutely incredible. I look up to her because she is so strong and so powerful in the way that she conducts herself. I think that’s how all women should be in the WWE. She’s professional to a tee. I have so many good things to say about her," Banks said.
You can see the full interview at this link.