WWE Superstar Sasha Banks is set to star in ESPN’s opening segment to kick off the 2022 College Football Playoff National Championship game, VarietyHe has learned only.
The segment features Banks as a futuristic superhero who sparks the start of the college football national championship using the final piece of confetti from last year’s game in Miami to the teams running out on the field this year in Indianapolis. The game starts at 8 p.m. ET tonight will see Georgia take on Alabama. It will air live on ESPN.
“It’s been such an honor, I feel like everybody who has been working on the set, and the whole team have been so incredible… to walk in and to just feel so welcome, and just to see everything, and I was just like, it was amazing,” Banks said. “I love the outfit, I love the concept, and it just fit me so well.”
ESPN’s Creative Content Unit produced the segment, led by vice president Craig Lazarus, senior coordinating producer Julie McGlone, senior managing producer Aimee Stokes and director/producer Martin Khodabakhshian.
This is the latest collaboration between ESPN & WWE. The sports network and sports entertainment giant previously collaborated when WWE star Big E voiced the introductions for ESPN’s promo for the Tyson Fury vs. Deontay Wilder fight back in October. Goldberg also joined College GameDay on Dec. 31 as the celebrity guest selector for the Georgia-Michigan football game.
Banks has been in a super-powered futuristic role for many years. Banks was previously seen in Season 2 on Disney Plus. “The Mandalorian”as Koska Reeves.