WWE unexpectedly changed the main event of Monday Night Raw after superstars Sasha Banks and Naomi left the arena ahead of their scheduled involvement in the night’s closing match.
PWInsider first reported the news of Banks and Naomi, the current WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, who walked out at Monday’s taping in Norfolk, Va., after challenging their roles in a challenge match. at six to determine the next challenger to Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair. In a report obtained by Sean Ross Sapp of FightfulWWE noted that the pair vacated their title belts before leaving and confirmed that their exit was not part of an angle.
“When Sasha Banks and Naomi arrived at the arena this afternoon, they were notified of their appearance in tonight’s Monday Night Raw main event,” the statement began. “During the show, they walked into WWE Talent Relations Manager John Laurinaitis’ office with their suitcases in hand, placed their Tag Team Championship belts on his desk, and walked out. They claimed that they weren’t respected enough as tag team champions. And even though they had eight hours to rehearse and build their match, they claimed they were uncomfortable in the ring with two of their opponents, even if they had had matches with these individuals in the past without consequence.
“Monday Night Raw is a scripted live television show, whose characters are expected to perform the demands of their contract. We regret that we were unable to organize tonight’s main event as announced.
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WWE opted to scrap the six-pack challenge in favor of a one-on-one match between Becky Lynch and Asuka, which the Japanese superstar won.
According to the New York Post, Banks reported his issues with the creative team to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, who relayed any changes. The former Women’s Champion reportedly had ongoing issues with the company and reportedly unfollowed McMahon and several other WWE Superstar accounts in 2019.
Banks and Naomi have yet to release a statement on this. The duo teamed up in 2015-16 and recently won the tag titles at WrestleMania 38 in April after reuniting in February.
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