The Boss and Naomi walked out of RAW this past week, and their departure was addressed on SmackDown. The two women have been suspended indefinitely, and the they have since had their merchandise removed from the company's store. Meanwhile, Naomi has removed all WWE references from her Twitter account.
During an episode of Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer noted that Sasha Banks was reportedly frustrated because WWE gave Ronda Rousey her WrestleMania spot. Previous reports noted that Banks had been Charlotte Flair's planned opponent for WrestleMania 38.
"Sasha has always had issues, you know she was mad that Ronda got the WrestleMania spot, which you know was planned for Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair, which was planned for months, I wrote about it," Meltzer said. "She got moved down and they gave her the tag belts as kinda like a concession because she got moved down." [H/t Ringside News]
Charlotte Flair defeated Ronda Rousey at The Showcase of the Immortals before The Baddest Woman on the Planet beat Flair for the title at WrestleMania Backlash.
WWE has removed Sasha Banks from the company's main intro
Sasha Banks appeared at the very beginning of WWE's "Then, Now and Forever" intro until this week, when Cody Rhodes replaced The Boss.
Twitter user Promo Joe shared a video that showed that the former Women's Champion had been replaced amidst the controversy surrounding her walkout from RAW.
It was reported earlier this week that Banks' contract is set to expire within two months. Former WWE writer Kazeem Famuyide revealed that both women have been negotiating their contracts recently.
“I did hear that their contracts … they were in negotiations for renewals,” Famuyide said. “I don’t know how soon it is, but I think Sasha and Naomi’s contracts were set to expire within the next two months already … What happens if their contracts just run out while they’re doing this? I don’t know. There’s so much unspoken, there’s so much unknown with this situation that I don’t want to be that person who’s just irresponsible, just spewing things recklessly like people tend to do … I’m just saying what I know, and you do with that information what you will.”
It will be interesting to see how long Banks and Naomi are away from programming or if they return to the company at all.
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