Sasha Banks and Naomi: “Grin and Bear It” Narrative is Harmful

By: Katrina Blake Sasha Banks and Naomi are well-decorated and well-loved WWE Superstars. Mercedes Varnado, known to us wrestling fans as Sasha Banks, is one of the most decorated female champions in WWE. Ever since she made her debut in December 2012, she has been a household name. Her match against Bayley in 2015 was…

Bianca Belair, Naomi, and Kayla Braxton talk representation in sports

Earlier today, during an installment of Women in the Business of Sports hosted by The Female Quotient, WWE Superstars Naomi, Bianca Belair and Kayla Braxton spoke on representation in sports. The Superstars joined CBO Stephanie McMahon and The Female Quotient CEO Shelley Zalis in discussion on representing women of color in sports, their experiences and…

Six-Pack Challenge announced for WrestleMania 36

After weeks of speculation, WWE finally announced that Bayley will defend the SmackDown Women’s Champion at WrestleMania 36 in a Six-Pack Challenge. That’s right. WWE revealed that Bayley will have an opponent at “The Show of Shows” after all. In fact, she will have five as she defends her title against Lacey Evans, Dana Brooke,…

Naomi vs. Bayley set for WWE Super Showdown

It’s official. Naomi and Bayley will be the first women to compete for a WWE women’s championship in the Middle East at Super Showdown. This first-time match-up has been in the making since Naomi returned to SmackDown after Royal Rumble. On her first appearance on the “blue brand” since the move to Fox, Naomi made…

Sasha Banks back on the road with WWE

Mike Johnson from PWInsider, reported that Sasha Banks is back on the road. She will be in Glendale, Arizona with the rest of the SmackDown roster. It is unknown whether or not Banks will appear on TV but it’s a good sign that she may be close to a return. Banks has been out of…

Naomi opens up about her return to WWE and natural hair

On Wednesday, Naomi was a guest on Women’s Wrestling Weekly. She talked about the reasons she took a break, her return, and being black in WWE. First, Naomi opened up about her brief hiatus from WWE last year in the midst of some physical and mental turmoil. As she revealed, A death in the family…