More news continues to emerge regarding the situation involving Sasha Banks and Naomi following tonight’s episode of WWE Raw.
Banks and Naomi were planned to work a six-way main event against Doudrop, Nikki ASH, Asuka and Becky Lynch, which Naomi was planned to win by pinning Nikki ASH, to earn a Raw Women’s Title shot against Bianca Belair at Hell in a Cell.
However, Banks and Naomi legitimately walked out of the show, and WWE issued an official statement, claiming that “even though they had eight hours to rehearse and construct their match, (Banks and Naomi) claimed they were uncomfortable in the ring with two of their opponents even though they’d had matches with those individuals in the past with no consequence”.
According to an update from Fightful Select, the true story is that Banks and Naomi had pitched defending the Women’s Tag Team Championship against Nikki ASH and Doudrop at Hell in a Cell, but the pitch was rejected.
There was also a pitch to have Doudrop and Nikki ASH interfere in Naomi’s planned match with Belair to cost Naomi and then set up a future tag title match, but that pitch was rejected too.
All in all, the issues stem from Banks and Naomi being unhappy with the direction of WWE’s women’s tag team division, which they are of course the champions of.
People close to the situation had not heard of Banks and Naomi being unhappy working with Lynch and Asuka – the two people referenced in WWE’s statement – despite the company’s claim of that being the case.
People involved in constructing the match told Fightful that the match was specifically planned to not involve Naomi fighting Banks, or Doudrop fighting Nikki.
We’ll continue to provide more updates on the situation as they come to light.
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