Sasha Banks may have taken time off from WWE in 2019 following WrestleMania 35, but she continued to put in work outside the company. Banks traveled to Japan to learn from Meiko Satomura, hoping to pick up some new techniques.
Speaking to Corey Graves on WWE After The Bell, Banks described her trip to Japan and what she learned.
"I always had a goal in life to go to Japan and train," she stated. "I love learning everything about wrestling, the culture, the style, the techniques. I knew Meiko Satomura from the Mae Young Classic, so I sent her a message on Instagram and was like, 'I would really love to come to your school and train for a little bit.' She told me 'yeah,' so I bought a plane ticket and went over there. It was legit one of the best experiences I've ever done and I legit miss Japan almost every single day. I had a great time and learned so much."
She continued, "It's a huge, different style. For them too, the language barrier. We couldn't talk but the motions of things, it's a love of wrestling. So, I couldn't even ask questions. They felt everything and I had to go off of what they were doing and I was like, 'I haven't done something like this in forever' because with WWE, it's not that everything is planned, but everything is very talked about and it's been so long to just get in the ring and feel things out. I love that and miss it."
Banks is currently sidelined with what she says is an ankle injury stemming from an attack by Lacey Evans. She was not cleared for the WWE Women's Royal Rumble and it is unknown when she will return to the ring. You can find her in-character comments on her injury by clicking here.
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