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Sasha Banks on the difference between fans and stalkers

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Some rumors went around SummerSlam weekend about Sasha Banks getting a negative reaction from fans. The stories varied, as gossip tends to, but it all seemed to go back to people who’d camped out for autographs at the hotel talent was staying at in New York City, where The Boss was reportedly the only Superstar who didn’t stop and sign for them.

As it would happen, Sasha addressed the issue indirectly during an appearance she recorded that week on Sam Roberts Wrestling Podcast:

“I grew up a wrestling fan, so I knew that I wanted to meet all my favorite wrestlers. But always in the back of my head I never thought in my life to be like, ‘Hey, they’re gonna fly in. Maybe I should wait at the airport for like 12 hours at a gate. Hey! They don’t want any sleep. Maybe I’ll go find their hotel they’re staying at and let me bother them.’

Like to me, that’s stalking. I don’t tweet out what hotel I’m at. I don’t tweet out what airline I’m flying. I do tweet you what arena I’ll be performing at, so I do expect fans at the arena, and I’m so happy to sign at the arena, that’s fine because I’m telling you where I’m going to be at. If I see you in public, that’s fine.

But when I’m at an airport at 4 in the morning and I see somebody with a carry-on and they open it with a hundred items of everyone and they’re bothering everybody to get an autograph, and I see it on eBay - that’s not okay to me.”

If you follow Sasha online, you know she has no problem addressing some of the creepier behavior which famous people are frequently the target of - including at airports. Later in the chat with Sam, she tells a story of flying home a day early due to injury and being met at the terminal by fans who got airline employees to tip them off about when she would be there.

That’s messed up.

Her stance is also similar to the issues raised when Randy Orton had an issue with a fan at a gym last year. While there may be some exceptions, wrestlers generally expect to spend time with the public when they’re working and not on their downtime.

Seems reasonable to me.