WWE’s Monday Night Raw didn’t come without some drama this week, as Sasha Banks and Naomi walked out on the main event in which they were meant to take part.
The pair were meant to compete alongside Becky Lynch, Asuka, Doudrop and Nikki A.S.H. to determine the top contender to go up against for Bianca Belair for the Raw women’s championship.
Instead, the bout was changed to a singles match between Lynch and Asuka. Asuka picked up the victory and will now face Belair at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view event on June 5.
Following the match, WWE provided a statement on the walkout. According to WWE, Sasha Banks and Naomi duo was informed of their participation in the event and later walked into the head of talent relations’ office “with their suitcases in hand, placed their tag team championship belts on his desk and walked out.”
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“They claimed they weren’t respected enough as tag team champions,” WWE continued. “And even though they had eight hours to rehearse and construct their match, they 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.
“Monday Night Raw is a scripted live TV show, whose characters are expected to perform the requirements of their contract. We regret we were unable to deliver, as advertised, tonight’s main event.”