Sasha Banks unplugged Boss Time on “Monday Night Raw” – literally.
The WWE star and Naomi, her co-Women’s Tag Team Champion, “walked out” of Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va., ahead of their match on Monday, WWE confirmed to The Post. PWInsider was the first to report that the couple were leaving the building.
Banks and Naomi arrived at the arena and were told they were scheduled to compete in the main event of “Monday Night Raw”, according to WWE. The announced match was that Banks, Naomi, Becky Lynch, Asuka, Doudrop and Nikki ASH were going to participate in a six-pack challenge match to determine the next person to face Bianca Belair for her Raw Women’s Championship at the Hell in a Cell pay-per. -view later this month.
Banks and Naomi apparently contested the match. Naomi was expected to win, according to Fightful Select.
“During the show, they walked into the office of WWE Talent Relations Manager John Laurinaitis with their suitcases in hand, placed their Tag Team Championship belts on his desk and walked out,” said WWE in a statement. “They claimed 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 though they had matches with these individuals in the past. without consequence.
According to reports, Banks took his concerns directly to WWE Chairman Vince McMahon, who opted not to alter the creation. Fightful Select also reported that Banks and Naomi’s issues were mostly rooted in the proposed plans for them as tag team champions and not the women they had to work with.
WWE pivoted on the show by having Lynch frantically approach on-screen WWE manager Adam Pearce to tell him that Banks and Naomi had left the building. The match changed to a one-on-one fight between Lynch and Asuka, who ended up picking up the win.
On the show, commentator Corey Graves mentioned that they left the building several times during the show, so it’s still possible the incident could be used in an on-screen angle in the future.
“Sasha Banks and Naomi came out summarily and unprofessionally,” Graves said.
Last-minute changes are the norm before WWE broadcasts, as creation is very fluid, but this incident doesn’t seem to sit well with the company.
“Monday Night Raw is a scripted, live television show, with characters required to fulfill the terms of their contracts,” WWE said. “We regret that we were unable to deliver tonight’s main event as announced.