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Banks bringing feminism, equal rights to WWE Smackdown in Biloxi on Tuesday

By JEFF CLARK

jclark@sunhearld.com Twitter: thejeffclark

Sasha 'The Boss' Banks is one of several WWE Superstars that will be at WWE Smackdown on Tuesday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
Sasha 'The Boss' Banks is one of several WWE Superstars that will be at WWE Smackdown on Tuesday at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Courtesy WWE

WWE Superstar Sasha “The Boss” Banks said her recent concussion suffered in the ring was a “freak accident.”

“The cool part about WWE is you never know what’s going to happen,” Banks said in interview with the Sun Herald. “It was a freak accident with the referee and I’m better and I’ve received the all-clear and I’m ready to go.”

Banks is one of several WWE Superstars that will be ready for battle when “WWE Smackdown” hits the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The title match features WWE World Heavyweight Champion Roman Reigns, Dean Ambrose and The Usos vs Seth Rollins, The Club and Chris Jericho. Tickets start at $50 and are available at ticketmaster.com.

Although Banks isn’t in the title match, the “revolutionary” wrestler will be bringing a legacy of feminism and equal rights in the male-dominated world of professional wrestling.

Banks is one of a group of women wrestlers who fought to rid the league of misogyny, especially the term “WWE Divas,” which is now called the WWE Women’s Championship.

“I am beyond grateful that I’m a part of history,” Banks said. “I so badly wanted to be in the WWE but I didn’t want to be be labeled a “diva.”

Banks said she is a “lifelong” fan of wrestling.

“I grew up watching people like Chris Jericho and I wanted to be like them,” she said. “Finally, we had the opportunity to show what women can do and to be a part of something -- it was so exciting to be a part of -- and to know that we changed a whole brand and to know that I was a part of this revolution, it’s one of the best things I’ve been a part of and it’s so humbling.”

And the payoff, Banks said, has been felt across gender lines.

“I not only have received a lot of support from women, I also get it from men,” she said. “The coolest thing is when a father and daughter come up to me and the dad says, ‘Thanks so much for what you did because now I can watch wrestling with my daughter,’ and the mom is happy about it, too, because my mom hated it when I watched wrestling growing up.”

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