During a panel at Wizard World Comic Con in Philadelphia, Sasha Banks confirmed she suffered a concussion when a referee accidentally kneed her in the head two weeks ago, according to Corey Jacobs of WrestlingNews.co.
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McMahon Reportedly Concerned about Banks' Durability
Monday, June 6
Banks' revelation helps explain why she has had such a little presence on WWE programming since losing the Women's Championship Triple Threat match at WrestleMania 32 on April 3. She beat Summer Rae on Raw the night after WrestleMania:
However, that was the Boss' last appearance on Raw beyond her involvement in an eight-woman tag team match during the company's European tour:
According to the Internet Wrestling Database, Banks' last televised match came during a taping of Main Event that aired May 31.
On May 25, the Wrestling Observer Newsletter's Dave Meltzer (via David Dennis Jr. of Uproxx's With Spandex) reported WWE Chairman Vince McMahon is beginning to wonder whether Banks' health will become a bigger issue:
The bad part of this is [McMahon] has on several occasions said he believes Banks knows only one speed and that's all out, and even months ago was comparing her to Daniel Bryan, feeling she's injury-prone. That label isn't the kiss of death, but there does come a point where if there are too many injuries they can get leery and you never know when that point is since Vince has put the two in the same category.
Banks wouldn't be the first wrestler to see her career impacted because of concussion concerns. Dolph Ziggler's World Heavyweight Championship run ended abruptly in 2013 shortly after he recovered from a concussion. Christian's time as an in-ring performer ended in March 2014 after he suffered a concussion.
Regardless of whether WWE is or isn't having reservations about her long-term durability, it's important Banks makes a speedy recovery.
The company has yet to pit her and Charlotte against one another in a singles match at a major pay-per-view since they both made the move full time from NXT. SummerSlam would seemingly be a great time to make that happen.
As long as Banks is back to 100 percent in the next few weeks, the company would have more than enough time to build a standalone Banks/Charlotte feud ahead of the Aug. 21 PPV. If she's still out of action come August, though, her status for SummerSlam would be in serious doubt.