A new update has emerged on the backstage reaction to Sasha Banks and Naomi walking out on Monday’s (May 16) edition of WWE Raw.
Previous reports have indicated that some within WWE were supportive of the duo taking a stand, but weren’t behind them leaving during a live broadcast.
Per Dave Meltzer in the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, WWE talent sources indicated that they could not understand Sasha and Naomi’s decision, especially as they were set for notable bouts at the upcoming Hell in a Cell Premium Live Event.
It had been reported that Naomi was slated to challenge for Bianca Belair’s Raw Women’s Title, with Sasha set to feud with SmackDown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey. The Women’s Tag Team Champions had also reportedly had a pitch to defend their gold at the Premium Live Event nixed.
Talent that we’ve been in contact with could not understand their position, noting that they were booked for major singles title matches on PPV. While they would lose, singles matches on a PPV with Belair and Rousey would be the best opportunity to showcase themselves even if losing.
“A tag title match with Nikki & Doudrop would mean nothing at this point. Tag champs losing to singles champs in a singles match is neither bad booking, historically unusual booking, nor does it hurt the titles. If anything, after being in the bigger singles matches, it would elevate the stature of the tag champions because of how WWE has brainwashed the audience into thinking singles stars are a bigger deal than tag team champions.
“WWE absolutely has buried tag champions over the years and not pushed them seriously, such as tag champs being in handicap matches with a singles star and losing, or being afterthoughts or in pre-show matches or not even being on major events. But this was not a case of that.
Naomi’s husband, Jimmy Uso, has since shared support for the duo after their walk-out, which you can check out right here.
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