Sasha Banks, whose real name is Mercedes Kaestner-Varnado, is the first cousin of rapper Snoop Dogg.
The California native claims Snoop Dogg helped develop her in-ring persona. Her older cousin acknowledged her when he was inducted into the celebrity wing of the WWE Hall of Fame in 2016.
“You know what’s so crazy about that scenario is that I remember in 2008 when I took her to Wrestlemania in Orlando, she was just a young little teenager, and I took her around to meet everybody that she wanted to meet, and you could just see her face light up,” Snoop said in his speech. “You could tell this is where she belonged. This is what she wanted to be. To see the love that you guys have been given her, to see her face on the side of the AT&T Stadium, I mean, I don’t even know what to say to express how great it feels as a family member to see my little cousin fighting for it all tomorrow. Love you, Sasha.”