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Sasha Banks reportedly suffered a back injury at Hell in a Cell

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Severity unknown.

Yesterday (Oct. 7), word came out that Sasha Banks and Bray Wyatt were not medically cleared to work Raw - presumably due to injuries suffered the night before when they took part in Hell in a Cell matches at the PPV event of the same name.

Wyatt showed up for minute during a dark match to end Monday’s show in Bakersfield, California, so it seems like whatever he’s dealing with is relatively minor. Banks, on the other hand, was nowhere to be found.

The first post-show report we got about her, from Wrestling Observer Radio’s Dave Meltzer, didn’t shine much light on the situation:

“Sasha Banks is - not certain... if it’s serious or not. It’s one of those deals. I don’t know when she’ll be back... There’s people who know but they won’t tell me... whatever it is, it’s not something that she wants out, so we don’t know yet. It probably will get out. I was told that she’s saying it’s not a concussion, cause obviously whenever something like this happens, the first thing is - cause what injury gets covered up the most in WWE is women concussions... whenever there’s this mysterious thing, it always comes out a couple weeks later it was a concussion. I was told in this case it’s not.”

This morning we got a little more clarity from PWInsider’s Mike Johnson, but not much. Johnson writes that “word making the rounds is she [Sasha] suffered a back injury in her match with Becky Lynch.” But like Meltzer, he hasn’t heard if it’s serious: “There is no word yet on the severity of the issue.”

Banks is familiar with being the subject of injury rumors. In fact, it was almost exactly a year ago we were writing about her dealing with a back injury of unknown severity. Last fall, she returned to work WWE’s first ever all women’s PPV, be the last woman eliminated in a Survivor Series match, and deliver what many (including this writer) felt was the best match of Ronda Rousey’s pro wrestling career at Royal Rumble.

Here’s hoping this injury news cycle follows a similar pattern for The Boss. We’ll keep you posted.