Appearing in Mark Andrews: My Love Letter to Wrestling, Sasha Banks talked about the difference between independent federations and WWE as well as her passion for wrestling. On the difference between the independent federations and the WWE, she said: "It was so difficult at the beginning because I arrived that I knew how to fight but then I didn't know how to do it, at least not with the WWE style.
There is much more here. We are a TV show, number one, so we need to understand the audience where we perform in front of the camera. It's scary when you have to be in an area where you have thousands of fans screaming. You have the whole world watching you.
There are people who say: Go, go, go. You have the referee. You have the person you face in the ring. In independent federations the situation was like Do whatever There was nothing else. It was like: Let me superkick because I'm doing my favorite moves.
You did everything smoothly. When you get to WWE everything is completely different, from indie to NXT. That was completely different too, but with Raw and SmackDown there's really no comparison." On her passion for pro wrestling she said: "I love pro wrestling because I can be anything I want.
I can become a superhero, an actress, a stuntman or a clown but also a writer, a producer and a role model. I can be anything I want thanks to wrestling. It's more than just making the moves in the ring. The beauty also lies in meeting new people.
Do interviews. You meet legends like Stone Cold Steve Austin. You can really make all your wrestling dreams come true. I always wanted to be so much more when I was a little girl because I was nobody. I watched wrestling and thought, These people are the best.
They are over the top. There are so many weird people too and I felt like I was like them too. So I decided to take this route. I love the fight. I also like MMA. It's crazy that we have such incredible fans. They are always there, all over the world to support us by doing the craziest thing in the world, fighting.
In my opinion there is nothing better."
Peng Shuai in the crowd at the Olympics, but how many doubts
Peng Shuai has appeared among the crowd, this time during the Winter Olympics that are taking place in Beijing. The Chinese tennis player attended the women's Big Air Freestyle Skiing sporting event where she saw her countrywoman Eileen Gu's triumph, winning the first Olympic gold medal in the category.
In November 2021, the 36-year-old accused former Chinese vice premier Zhang Gaoli of assault. Shortly after, the two-time double winner in the slam had disappeared immediately afterwards obviously arousing indignation from both the fans and her fellow tennis players who demanded explanations and reassurances so much that the WTA decided to cancel all tournaments in China.
Even this latest issue, as well as the previous interview with L 'Equipè or even before Peng that she had reassured everyone that she was okay after a video conference with the IOC president, still does not convince.
Fans present on social networks, including prominent human rights activists, are convinced that the Chinese Communist Party is influencing the tennis player and using her as a puppet during the games. Among these the Hong Kong activity Joey Siu who defined everything as an architectonic forcing: "If this isn't a forced appearance staged by the CCP, what is it? Has Peng Shuai always been a fan of winter sports?" wrote on Twitter.
"How often do you see a tennis player making such a high profile appearance at the Winter Olympics? Peng Shuai is clearly not free." The same winner Eileen Gu was asked what she thought about Peng Shuai's situation after her gold medal win.
The freestyle skier avoided the question by saying she was glad that Peng was here and doing her thing again. "Eileen Gu just avoided absolutely a question of what she thought about Peng's situation; she said she was happy to see Peng happy, healthy and doing her things to her.
Impossible question for her, and it strikes the heart of the contrast here," tweeted Bruce Arthur, a columnist for the Toronto Star. Yesterday Peng Shuai gave an interview to L'Equipe, where she denied what she had written a few months ago: "First of all I would like to thank the ATP and WTA players, all the athletes and personalities in large numbers who have worried about me," said the Chinese player, who then said she was surprised by the media coverage that the issue generated in the world and, above all, categorically denied the accusations made against Zhang Gaoli.
The story, however, continues to be unclear both because the president of the Chinese Olympic Committee was present during the interview and because the French newspaper had to send the questions by post that it then submitted to the Chinese tennis player.