Sasha Banks crossed over to a galaxy far, far away when she took on the role of Koska Reeves on "Star Wars: The Mandalorian" for season two of the series.
Banks brought some wrestling flavor to her appearance in "The Mandalorian," hitting a tornado DDT in the season finale of the show. Despite being prominently featured in the season two finale, Banks is insisting she is not part of the next season.
"First of all, thanks for trying to get that out, but I'm not on the next season," she said to Graham "GSM" Matthews of Bleacher Report when asked about season three. "But it was incredible being on The Mandalorian on Star Wars. To be on a franchise that is so huge and so loved, just look at the reception from fans outside of the WWE Universe. It was the best feeling of all time. The projection of that show was overwhelming. I legit felt like I was in a galaxy so far, far away. I felt like I was on a different planet.
"It was something I will always take with me and I took so much of what I learned from acting with them and being with so many great stars to WWE. It really helped my confidence as well when I came back from doing The Mandalorian two years ago. It was such a learning curve and something I wasn't expecting, but now I'm in this whole new Hollywood world and it's going amazingly. I'm so excited for the fans, and I can't wait for my fans to see what's next.”
When discussing her scene with Luke Skywalker in the season two finale, Banks said,
“I was in the scene as well, so I had to know a little bit, I read the script," Banks said. "But it was so cool watching it as well because every time The Mandalorian came on, it was always on a Friday so it was right before I went to work at SmackDown. I was watching as a fan with everybody else and freaking out even though I'm on the show and then I walked to work. Everybody backstage was freaking out, and it's just so cool to see your co-workers freak out about something that's not just wrestling. It's usually, 'Great match!' or 'Great segment!' Instead it's, 'You're on freaking Star Wars, The Mandalorian.' That episode was so cool and I was like, 'Yep, of course I am.'"
Season three of The Mandalorian is set to premiere in 2022, but no official release date has been given.
Banks will challenge for the WWE SmackDown Women's Championship at WWE Crown Jewel when she faces Becky Lynch and Bianca Belair in a triple threat match.
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