Having a devastating finishing manoeuvre is key for any WWE Superstar. Everyone remembers Stone Cold’s Stunner, The Undertaker’s Tombstone and Triple H’s Pedigree and the hundreds of combatants that those moves laid out for the three count. While in present day WWE, the Bank Statement from Sasha Banks is heading towards gaining it’s own lofty status, having beaten some of the very best women in the world.
Appearing on the Sailor Moon Fan Club podcast, the SmackDown Women’s Champion delved into the origins of her finishing move.
When I was trying to find my character and had to be a bad guy, I wanted a whole new finisher because I was just doing a neckbreaker. It’s cute, but it’s basic because everyone does a neckbreaker and I’m not trying to be basic in WWE. I really loved the backstabber and how it looked. I was really small and I needed a finisher I could do to everybody. One day, I went to training and asked the head trainer to help me. He said, ‘I like the backstabber, but how about you flip it into a crossface.’ I was like, ‘Ohhhhh, money, money, money, like a bank statement.’ That’s what I do, I leave a statement. I take that change, put it in the back, cha chang, and I make these girls tap out. I can get that sucker on anybody, really fast, and in any variation,”
Banks went on to explain that the Bank Statement is also her favourite finisher because it’s so unique.
” I love my finisher so much. It’s so unique and different. I don’t like things that take so long to break someone down to get a win. Some people need to change it up, that’s why they don’t win anymore. [My finisher], money and success,”
Sasha Banks is set to defend her SmackDown Women’s Title against Nia Jax on the upcoming episode of SmackDown, before joining forces with Bianca Belair to challenge for the Women’s Tag Team Titles at Fastlane.
H/t to Fightful for the transcription.