– Sasha Banks is set to make her first wrestling appearance in January for NJPW after walking out of WWE several months ago. A fightfulselect.com report notes that Banks and WWE negotiated a mutual parting of the ways “months ago”, however, the company never made any public statement and still lists her on the active roster. As part of the negotiated exit, Banks was only able to take wrestling related books beginning in 2023 which would explain why other independent promotions that attempted to book her before next year were unsuccessful.
– In a related report, Dave Meltzer stated on Wrestling Observer Radio that NJPW is ponying up a staggering amount of money to Banks for appearing at Wrestling Kingdom 17. While it is believed to be a per-appearance deal, Banks is said to be making more money than NJPW has paid anyone, including Chris Jericho who was rumored to have earned $100,000 per appearance (though he has clarified that, more below). Takaaki Kidani, the Director for Bushiroad (parent company which owns NJPW) wanted a WWE star on his show and was pretty much willing to pay whatever it took to make that happen. Given that Banks hasn’t signed a long-term contract with NJPW, she would still be free to sign with AEW or return to WWE as well.
For the record, the money I reportedly made during my run with @njpw1972 from 2018-2020 online currently is completely wrong. I never had a flat per appearance deal, I was paid according to the event. And I made more per event than I did for MOST of my Wrestlemania matches.
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) December 16, 2022