As announced on Monday Night Raw this week, Sasha Banks is taking some time off after suffering from lower back pain. So how serious is her injury, and when might we expect The Boss to return?
Luckily, there is some good news for WWE fans on this front. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter is now reporting that Banks’ injury will not require surgery as had been previously feared. She is no longer expected to be out for very long, and she’ll probably be back to Raw sooner than expected.
Banks has been experiencing issues with her lower back, although this was not a result of her brutal SummerSlam match against Charlotte. Instead, The Boss was dealing with this pain prior to SummerSlam, and this is reportedly the reason the decision was made to have her lose the title. Pro Wrestling Sheet has reported that Banks is expected to receive a full medical evaluation at the beginning of September.
After her SummerSlam match, Sasha Banks’ name was removed from all WWE events until September 23rd, and so given this news that the injury isn’t as bad as feared, that seems like a reasonable date for her return. The next pay-per-view event is Clash of Champions on September 25th, so hopefully Banks can make it back into the ring by then.
Although Banks was complaining about her back going into SummerSlam, it’s unclear whether her match against Charlotte exacerbated any possible damage. That match was particularly horrifying in a few places, most notably when Charlotte dropped Sasha Banks, seemingly by accident, and caused her to land on her neck.
Banks was helped backstage after the match by two referees, but it’s possible this was just a work, as Charlotte injuring Banks’ back at SummerSlam is the in-storyline reason for her absence.
This news comes as a relief to many WWE fans, who are still reeling from the news that Finn Balor was injured at SummerSlam and was forced to relinquish his Universal Championship title. Unlike with Banks, the Balor situation ended up being much worse than expected; he may need surgery, and if so, he’s expected to be out for four to six months. Next week, a fatal four-way consisting of Chris Jericho, Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Big Cass will determine the new Universal Champion.