Sasha Banks currently sits atop the SmackDown Women’s roster and is on course to defend her SmackDown Women’s title at WrestleMania 37 against Bianca Belair.
However things haven’t always been plain sailing for ‘The Boss.’ Banks confirmed during an appearance on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Sessions that she asked for her release from WWE back in 2019. At the time speculation was running wild about the former NXT Women’s Champions future and Banks disappeared from WWE for four months.
Appearing on Boston Wrestling MWF John Cena Sr was highly critical of Banks, commenting that Vince should have fired her for asking for her release, and unhappiness at losing the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships.
Cena Sr stated that respected Banks before adding that Vince should have fired her over the incident.
If she refused to do the job [lose a match] or does the job and then says, ‘I’m gonna quit,’ in the words of the great Vince McMahon, I would say, ‘You don’t have to quit, you’re fired.’”
“You know what, let me put it to you this way. Vince is a very intelligent man, he’s not where he is by being a fool. To give her what he gave her, that extension on time [additional time off after the 30-day agreement], says a lot about the man recognizing the talent.”
Following a hiatus Banks returned to WWE in August 2019 on an episode of RAW.
‘The Boss’ has gone on to enjoy significant success since returning to the company, enjoying a high-profile feud with former partner Bayley, beating her for the SmackDown Women’s Championship at Hell In A Cell.
Sasha Banks is set to defend her title against Nia Jax on the upcoming March 19th episode of SmackDown.
H/t to Sportskeeda for the transcription.