Sasha Banks and Charlotte have shared one of the longest running feuds in WWE. Their history dates back to the early days of NXT’s weekly programming and has carried over to the main roster.
On Sunday, the two will share the ring at SummerSlam when Banks defends her WWE Women’s Championship. But how did we get here and why is this feud so important?
Here’s a look at the timeline of the Charlotte-Sasha Banks feud.
Banks’ early incarnation of her “Boss” character came alongside Summer Rae as part of the BFFs (Beautiful, Fierce Females). The duo worked an angle against Bayley and Charlotte for several weeks before the latter attacked the former and joined the heel duo.
With Summer Rae spending most of her time on the main roster, Banks and Charlotte took hold of the spotlight and developed their villainous characters. The alliance was a success, but both superstars had bigger aspirations to achieve.
Charlotte’s run as NXT Champion
NXT held a tournament for the vacant Women’s Championship in May 2015. Charlotte defeated Natalya in the final round at NXT TakeOver, whilst still a member of the BFFs.
This propelled the second-generation superstar into the spotlight which, alongside Summer Rae’s on/off feud with Banks, caused a rift in the trio. Eventually, Charlotte turned babyface by showing while the Boss, now aligned with Becky Lynch as part of Team B.A.E., emerged as NXT’s top female heel.
The two squared off at NXT TakeOver: R Evolution in December 2014, which saw the champion retain. Banks received a rematch the following month but was disqualified after Lynch interfered, which caused the duo to disband.
The Era of the Boss
Banks and Charlotte continued their feud past their initial title match. Bayley and Lynch were both added to the mix, which led to a Fatal Four-Way match for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Rival.
Banks caught Charlotte in her Banks Statement submission before rolling her up for the pinfall. After the match, Charlotte embraced the new champion with a hug before being shoved and taunted by Banks, who managed to stay in character.
The tables turned in the duo’s feud for their remaining months on NXT. Charlotte always had the upper hand during her title reign, but Banks was victorious in all of their matches after hers.
The two shared the NXT ring several more times, including a Women’s Championship match that aired just two days after their main roster callups. Banks retained the title each time before dropping it to Bayley at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn.
Team PCB vs. Team B.A.D.
Banks, Charlotte and Lynch debuted on Raw in July 2015 as part of a “Divas Revolution” angle. The storyline consisted of three trios including the Team Bella (The Bella Twins and Alicia Fox) and two factions featuring the former NXT callups. Lynch and Charlotte aligned with Paige as part of
The Submission Sorority Team PCB while Banks was saddled with Naomi and Tamina.
The angle was exciting early, but fell flat after it became clear that WWE wanted to protect Nikki Bella’s title reign while still keeping the new callups strong. Charlotte and Banks interacted several times, but a singles feud was only teased in highspots.
Charlotte’s run as Divas/Women’s Champion
PCB won the three-team elimination match, which gave each of its members a chance to compete in a Beat the Clock challenge on Raw to decide the No. 1 contender for the Divas Championship. Charlotte posted the best time and went on to defeat Nikki Bella at Night of Champions.
Banks, on the other hand, was written off television for an extended period of time. Whether it was injuries, keeping her away from Charlotte to allow her title reign to be established or a combination of both, the Boss was absent from WWE programming.
That is, until she returned at Royal Rumble. At this point, Banks was suddenly a babyface while Charlotte was establishing herself as a heel champion.
Banks immediately thrust herself back into the Divas Championship picture. She competed with Lynch in several No. 1 contender matches, but all ended in draws.
Eventually, WWE booked all three of the former NXT women in the Divas Championship match at WrestleMania 32. On the night of the event, WWE Hall of Famer announced that the match would be for the new Women’s Championship, rather than the purple butterfly belt.
The trio put on a show-stealing match, which saw Charlotte retain by forcing Lynch to submit via the “Figure Eight.”
Banks’ return and Women’s Championship win
WWE’s Women’s division stayed the same for the next several months. Charlotte was champion and retained using heel tactics. She spent the next few pay-per-views feuding with Natalya and eventually aligned herself with Dana Brooke, who was recently called up from NXT.
Banks was once again absent from WWE programming. In fact, it was exactly the same situation. She was rumored to be injured, but was still making house show appearances, so there was a feeling that her return was being saved for the right moment.
Once again, Banks returned and attacked Charlotte to challenge for the Women’s Championship. She teamed with former NXT rival Bayley at Battleground to defeat Charlotte and Brooke in a tag-team match and was rewarded a Women’s Championship match on the first episode of Raw after the WWE Draft.
Banks defeated Charlotte in a memorable match that ended with her forcing the champion to submit via the Banks Statement. The Boss emerged as not only the Women’s Champion, but the face of Raw’s Women’s division.
So that’s how we’ve gotten to Sunday’s match. Banks and Charlotte have shared one of the most entertaining feuds in WWE for the better part of two years.
Both competitors have raised the proverbial bar in each match and that should be expected at SummerSlam. Like WrestleMania, Sunday’s match has the potential to steal the show.
Given that Banks’ title victory on Raw was great, this should be even better. The two superstars will be given enough time to shine during the four-hour pay-per-view. Banks and Charlotte will provide yet another memorable match that will be crucial to the evolution of Women’s wrestling.