Sasha Banks opens up on suffering from mental illness

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Sasha Banks opens up on suffering from mental illness

Sasha Banks has been a WWE member for over eight years and has established herself as one of the most popular superstars in recent Stamford--based federation history. She has accomplished numerous feats during her tenure in Vince McMahon's company, although her last few years have not always been plain sailing for her.

The six-time world champion, who also held the tag team title twice, was a guest on the latest edition of the show hosted by Stone Cold Steve Austin. During the conversation, 'The Boss' said she had to deal with some mental health problems that caused her to leave WWE for a certain amount of time.

Sasha Banks is currently the reigning WWE SmackDown Women's Champion

"Depression. Depression was taking over my life. My mind was losing control and negative thoughts were starting to dominate more and more. That context was bigger than me, I was really lost after I hadn't even heard my real name for seven years.

I haven't heard the name Mercedes in a lifetime, I was just Sasha Banks. WWE's schedule is very tight, we only have a day or two off. Those few times I was home, I couldn't recognize my real hair, but I was forced to see the color purple every single day.

There were so many things that were affecting my stability. I looked in the mirror and there was no more light in the back of my eyes. I literally didn't know who the hell I was. I was not the person I would have dreamed of being, so I wanted to make sure I wasn't completely lost,” she revealed.

On the occasion of the pay-per-view Hell in a Cell, Sasha defeated Bayley to win the title of SmackDown. She's already focused on the 37th edition of WrestleMania, which will take place over two evenings with the presence of fans.

His challenger should be Bianca Belair. Sasha Banks and Bayley have had memorable feuds in WWE, first in NXT and then on the main roster. They had a fantastic match for the NXT Women's Championship at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, and then once again at NXT TakeOver: Respect, back in 2015.

The two were then called up to the main roster and became the first-ever women's tag team champions a few years later. They were engrossed in a gripping feud last year, which saw Sasha Banks win the SmackDown Women's title for the very first time, at Hell in a Cell.