WWE superstar Sasha Banks may be making her return to the ring much earlier than expected.
According to WrestlingInc, Banks is advertised to appear at a WWE Live event in Manila on Friday, September 9th. The event is listed as featuring a match between Sasha Banks and current WWE Women’s Champion Charlotte.
It’s unclear at this time if this is simply a mistake and Banks was inadvertently not removed from this listing, or if she really is ready to return to the ring. Her injury reportedly ended up being less severe than expected, though, and so while September 9th seems incredibly early for a return, it certainly isn’t out of the realm of possibility.
If she’s ready, Banks could make her way back to Monday Night Raw on the September 12th show, or the WWE may want to save her official return for the Clash of Champions pay-per-view on September 25th. Raw General Manager Mick Foley announced on that show that Banks would be entitled to a Women’s Championship rematch against Charlotte as soon as she came back, so Clash of Champions could be the perfect time for it.
The Boss was last seen at the SummerSlam pay-per-view on August 21st. In a match against Charlotte, she lost her Women’s Championship title, and it was later revealed that this decision was made because Sasha Banks had been experiencing back pain and needed to take some time off to recover. Thankfully, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported recently that Banks would not need to undergo surgery and that she’d be back to work soon.
During SummerSlam, many viewers were shocked to see Sasha Banks fall directly on her neck several times throughout the match, especially in retrospect with the knowledge that she had been dealing with back pain. It was recently reported that Charlotte was later criticized by the WWE management for being careless during the match, as it was known backstage that Banks was in pain. Thankfully, it doesn’t appear that she was seriously injured during SummerSlam, even though a back injury inflicted by Charlotte is the kayfabe explanation for Banks’ absence.