Absent in WWE since WrestleMania 35, Sasha Banks made her surprise return on Raw this week. The crowd was happy and excited to see Banks, despite her strangely interrupting Natalya paying a tearful tribute to her late father, Jim “The Anvil” Neidhart.
With her arm in a sling due to a dislocated elbow, Natalya had first come out to talk about the one-year anniversary of her father’s passing. Banks gave Natalya a hug while saying some comforting words before clocking her in the face and shed off her jacket and what was apparently a wig resembling her iconic purple hair. No wonder her purple hair looked off during her entrance! With a smug look, she then adjusted her new electric blue hair and strutted around the ring before going back to viciously attacking poor Natalya.
The hair colour change is no doubt a symbolic change of attitude in Banks but it could’ve been done better, to be honest. I understand what they were going for here, it’s just that the presentation was a little too on the nose. Maybe if she had a completely new gear that complements the blue hair, that would make for a much bigger and more lasting visual impact.
Anyway back to the action… Much to the fans’ disappointment, the attack became more violent as Banks continued to punish Natalya outside the ring, throwing her shoulder-first into the steel steps. Natalya was left on the floor clutching her injured arm in terrible agony. Meanwhile, Banks seemed to be enjoying her misery as she proceeded to stomp on the arm again.
After more brutal work on the arm, cavalry finally came in the form of Raw Women’s Champion, Becky Lynch. Banks and Lynch immediately collided into a brawl that spilled to the outside where Banks took it up a notch with steel chair shots. Despite a few referees trying to stop the fight, Banks managed to get in more hits before throwing the chair at them before exiting the ring with a big smile on her face.
If this isn’t a preface to a feud between Banks and Lynch for the Raw Women’s Championship, I don’t know what is. After Lynch battled with Natalya and retained her title, it’s time we get a stronger angle. And considering the storied history between them, I’m sure we can.
Yeah, The Man vs The Boss for the Raw Women’s Championship sounds really good.
Watch how it all went down here: