Originally Published: February 16, 2018 6:05 a.m.
The Road to WrestleMania started in San Antonio earlier this month, at the Royal Rumble, and on the way to New Orleans, there’s a big pit stop, this weekend, at the Prescott Valley Event Center.
Numerous WWE superstars take to the squared circle at 7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 18, for “WWE Live Road to Wrestlemania,” featuring John Cena vs. Roman Reigns for the Intercontinental Championship; Broken Matt Hardy vs. Bray Wyatt; Seth Rollins and Finn Balor vs. The Bar for the Raw Tag Team Championship; and Sasha Banks vs. Alexa Bliss for the WWE RAW Women’s Championship.
“I’m so excited to reclaim my Raw Women’s title,” Banks said. “It’s one fall. Straight up wrestling match. My style. We’re getting ready for the Elimination Chamber coming up in two weeks. I’m just preparing for that. Maybe I’ll be walking in the Elimination Chamber as the Raw Women’s Champion. You never know.”
Banks, who has previously held the WWE Raw Women’s Championship a record-tying four times, as well as the NXT Women’s Championship once, said she has a lot of tricks up her sleeve for her upcoming match Sunday. She wouldn’t reveal what those tricks are. Instead fans will have to come out and watch.
The event is going to feature everyone’s favorite “Monday Night Raw” superstars, Banks said, and it doesn’t get any better than that.
“You get to see the very best of the best on ‘Raw’ do what they love to do,” Banks said. “We can’t wait to show what we do this Sunday.”
Tickets are available online at www.prescottvalleyeventcenter.com, by calling 928-772-1819 or at the box office, 3201 N. Main St. Tickets bought online range from $21.15 to $103.44 and tickets purchased at the box office range from $19.67 to $102.07. Tickets from online or by calling will have a $5 service fee and paying cash at the box office will see an additional 3 percent savings.
Banks said that when she’s doing live or televised events, it is cool to come out and see little girls watching her, adding that’s happening more and more every week, and they’re dressed up as her too. It’s incredible knowing she can be a role model to them and let them know they can accomplish any dream they have, Banks said.
The week after Prescott Valley, Banks is one of the participants in the first-ever women’s Elimination Chamber match, to be held at the Elimination Chamber Pay-Per-View in Paradise, Nevada. One of the first women in the WWE to compete in the first women’s Iron Man match, Hell in a Cell match and Royal Rumble, Banks said her eyes are set on the Elimination Chamber and she’s trying to keep focused on that.
“With doing these for the first time ever, it’s not something that we’ve done before or you can practice or rehearse,” Banks said. “It’s more just like going back to WWE Network and watching these matches and see what works and what didn’t.”
Being a part of those first-ever women’s matches is all based on her being the best, she said. As the best women’s wrestler the WWE has ever seen, it’s going to be her in those matches, Banks said.