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Natalya Discusses Gruelling Private Training Sessions With Sasha Banks

Sasha Banks & Natalya

The Hart family dungeon is the stuff of legend, having produced numerous world champions and WWE Superstars. Among it’s graduates are Natalya and her husband Tyson Kidd, and now the duo are looking to carry on that legacy.

In recent months the pair have trained with the likes of Lana and Tamina, and now you can add ‘The Boss’ Sasha Banks to that list. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, many training facilities closed, leaving wrestlers with nowhere to go to put in any extra work.

Tyson Kidd has previously spoken about his desire to open a wrestling school, and it appears that along with Natalya the pair are already laying the groundwork.

Speaking to Ryan Satin on Out Of Character, Natalya revealed that the couple opened up their training facility over the last year to give wrestlers somewhere to train. Although, as Natalya explained, it’s invite only and if you don’t share her passion for wrestling, you’re not getting an invite. Natalya went on to recall her gruelling training sessions with Sasha Banks, praising her training partner.

“We always had a dream of opening our own wrestling school because we love teaching and being around the industry… During the pandemic, we didn’t have live events. We found a way to get a ring and we got a warehouse. There is so much passion in that building. Sasha Banks would drive two hours to come train with me on Monday nights. We would set a timer — when I speak about passion, Sasha has to be recognized. For no reason, even when she didn’t have a match at WrestleMania, this is way before that, once TJ and I got our ring, she would drive a couple hours, get in the ring, and our goal was to wrestle for one hour straight. We’d turn the timer on and built up from 45-minutes. Imagine a 45-minute women’s match, we did it non-stop, no break. She has so much passion, but without a ring, it’s hard to find resources. It is by invite only because I want to be with people who share the same passion as me. I want to train and learn from them.

Tamina has been coming in there. Everyone has seen the changes in Lana, she’ll come in, fly in from LA, and just train.”

Natalya also suggested that footage of some of those matches might exist, but it remains to be seen whether the world will ever get to see it.

In recent months Natalya has joined forces with one of her training partners, Tamina. The somewhat unlikely paring came together in January and have enjoyed a strong run in the women’s tag team division. The pair won a ‘Tag Team Turmoil’ tournament on night one of WrestleMania 37 to earn a shot at the Women’s Tag Team Championships the following night. However, despite a strong showing, the pair eventually came up short against Nia Jax and Shayna Baszler.

H/t to Fightful for the transcription.