The AEW roster is “excited” over the prospect that Sasha Banks could be ‘All Elite’ within a matter of weeks.
Banks has not been seen on WWE TV since May and is serving a suspension for walking out of an episode of RAW.
This week, it was reported that Banks is expected to appear at NJPW’s Wrestle Kingdom event on January 4, 2023.
Fightful Select reports that several AEW stars are “excited” and believe that Banks’ Wrestle Kingdom outing could be a sign of her arrival in AEW.
One anonymous source said they believe Banks joining could turn around the promotion’s TV ratings.
Some have suggested that Banks could be Saraya’s mystery partner, as the British star and her partner will face Britt Baker and AEW Women’s World Champion Jamie Hayter on the January 11th episode of AEW Dynamite, one week after Wrestle Kingdom.
AEW and New Japan have worked closely in the past, as seen with the AEW x NJPW: Forbidden Door event in June of this year.
Talks between WWE and Banks have reportedly stalled in recent weeks as both sides are trying to decide on the dollar value of a new contract for the former Women’s Champion.
Banks recently trademarked her real name Mercedes Varnado for use in entertainment services.