WWE publishes statement on the departure of Sasha Banks and Naomi

On the May 16 episode of Monday Night Raw, something happened before the show that caused both Sasha Banks and Naomi to walk out. Not only are both women multiple champions, but they are also the current Women’s Tag Team Champions. During the show, a rumor spread that Sasha and Naomi had left due to problems with creativity, shortly after, it was confirmed by Sean Ross Sapp from Fightful on Twitter.

Before the main event, WWE released their own statement explaining what they said happened. “When Sasha Banks and Naomi arrived at the arena this afternoon, they were informed of their participation in tonight’s Monday Night Raw main event,” he said. “During the broadcast, they walked into WWE Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis’s office with their bags in hand, placed their tag team championship belts on his desk and left.”

The statement went on to say that the women “claimed that they were not respected enough as tag team champions.”

“Even though they had eight hours to rehearse and build their match, they stated that they felt uncomfortable in the ring with two of their opponents even though they had matches with those individuals in the past without consequence. Monday Night Raw is game. scripted. live television show, whose characters are expected to fulfill their contract requirements. We regret that we were unable to deliver, as advertised, tonight’s main event.”

A six-pack challenge was originally planned for the main event featuring Banks, Naomi, Asuka, Becky Lynch, Doudrop and Nikki ASH to determine the number one contender for Bianca Belair’s Raw Women’s Championship. That changed to a singles match between Lynch and Asuka, with Asuka winning.

It gets interesting here, as Fightful reported that Naomi was supposed to win the match, but also that Banks had a meeting with Vince McMahon about creative direction and didn’t back down.

This is far from the first time stars have walked away for disagreeing with creativity over their character’s work, most notably when “Stone Cold” Steve Austin lost to Brock Lesnar in 2002 for a World Cup qualifying match. King of the Ring.

Austin believed he wasn’t being treated properly, as someone who had done so much to build the company, and didn’t want to have a game without hype or feeling like a big time, so he left for almost a year. McMahon turned to television and put himself at the forefront of the narrative saying that Austin “took his ball and went home,” without really going into detail at the time.

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