WWE has always prided itself as being cross-generational with parents and grandparents taking their children to shows or watching them on television.
Sports entertainment can often be a family affair. It is for The Bo$$ Sasha Banks, the former Raw women’s champion. The lifelong fan shares a deep love and passion for pro wrestling with her cousin, who just happens to be Snoop Dogg.
Yes, the hip-hop icon .. and business mogul ... and WWE Hall of Famer.
Banks introduced him before a performance for the “WWE 2K18” and “WWE Supercard” Kickoff Event at the SIR Stage 37 in New York City during SummerSlam Weekend. Earlier that night, she was all smiles walking the red carpet with him by her side.
“We didn’t grow up watching wrestling together, but we grew up watching wrestling,” Banks said. “So it’s really cool. I think that is where our bond came from. I remember being a little girl and asking, ‘Can you please take me to all the wrestling shows.’
“I remember the biggest one was that WrestleMania 24 [in Orlando] when he got to do the Playboy Bunny match. That was Ric Flair’s last match that night also, so being in that whole environment, I thought it was so cool.
“I also said to myself, ‘I’m going to be here one day.’ Then I got to do this past WrestleMania in Orlando. It was a dream come true.”
Snoop is confident in the popular female superstar’s abilities. He is proud to be one of Banks’ biggest cheerleaders.
“I don’t have any advice for her,” Snoop said. “She is a natural born star from the moment she laid her eyes on this sport. Her training to become a wrestler, to become great. She knew it. It was in her head. Some people are born with it. That is called the ‘It’ factor. She got that ‘It’ factor.”
Among his favorite highlights was seeing Banks do her thing and represent the family and become a champion. Snoop also enjoyed a WWE accolade with an induction in the celebrity wing of the company’s Hall of Fame. In 2016, he was given that distinction during a ceremony, and the night after, at WrestleMania 32, he rapped Banks to the ring for her big match.
“I wear the [WWE Hall of Fame] ring all the time,” Snoop said. “I’m honored to be a part of the WWE Hall of Fame. I was a fan back in the day, so to see my little cousin watch it and love it and then become a part of it. It’s a dream come true. You can’t lose. Thanks Vince.”
Snoop has made numerous appearances on WWE programming. Down the road, we might even see Snoop ringside again, if he gets his way.
“I think I may become Sasha’s manager because she doesn’t have a manager right now,” he said. “I think I would do a good job.”
Banks is all for it. Maybe even a new theme song featuring the diverse entertainer?
“Oh yes. I would love that,” she said. “He has been there for me. I remember when I was 16, and I told him I wanted to be in WWE, he told me, ‘If it’s your dream, you go follow it.’ Now I’m here.”
Snoop has a wealth of experience, bringing 25 years working in music, television, movies and everything in between.
“The one piece of advice I can give her is to get out of the way and let her do what she do,” Snoop said. “I will be supportive of her and be there, if she ever needs me.”
Not a bad person to have in one’s corner.
- Pro Wrestling On The Web