Sasha Banks is set to miss the Royal Rumble and is out for between six to eight weeks, after picking up an injury at a recent WWE live event. The WWE issued the following statement on Sasha Banks current status on the inured list;
Sasha Banks suffered a foot injury Sunday evening at a WWE Live! event in Fayetteville, NC. After seeking emergency medical attention, it was determined nothing was broken. Sasha underwent an MRI and it was discovered she has a bruised calcaneus bone. She is at home recovering and undergoing physical therapy. She is expected to be out of action for 6-8 weeks. Stay locked in to WWE Digital for the latest updates.”
Already, some people have taken to social media to claim that this is all a work and that Sasha Banks will be a surprise entrant in the Royal Rumble, on Sunday, 30th January 2022, but these people are wrong. It was obvious from the footage captured as she wrestled Charlotte Flair in Fayetteville, NC, that the moment she took the over-the-knee backbreaker, that she’d done some damage to her leg.
Even though her time scale for recovery is only six to eight weeks – indicating that it’s not as serious as it could’ve been, though it’s obviously bad enough to keep her out of action – it does mean that she will miss the Royal Rumble, which may have a ripple effect on storylines. I thought that Sasha would’ve been at least in the final four, if not the final two, and from there would’ve had either a brand new feud lined up with whoever eliminated her, or would’ve won the whole kit and caboodle and gone on to face the champion of her choice at Wrestlemania. Sadly, that won’t be the case now, and with Sasha Banks missing out on this year’s event, I fully expect the writers to be scrambling for ways to get her on Wrestlemania when she comes back.