On tonight’s WWE SmackDown, Michael Cole revealed that Sasha Banks and Naomi, who were previously the Women’s Tag Team Champions, are indefinitely suspended from WWE following their walkout last Monday. Cole added that the tag titles, which they would have handed over before their departure before Monday Night Raw, would be part of an upcoming tournament, and for those who think this could all be a job, more and more evidence seem contrary, as WWE has taken down its two official Facebook pages and removed their pages and all merchandise from the WWE Store. Fightful’s Sean Ross Sapp also confirmed that despite these actions, WWE has confirmed that no stars have been released by the company.
You can see several images of their pages on the WWE Shop going nowhere, bringing up the Parts Unknown error page instead. There aren’t many details about the situation between Banks, Naomi and WWE, and it doesn’t exactly inspire faith that things will work out, but hopefully they will eventually.
WWE has confirmed to me that Naomi and Sasha Banks have not been released despite being removed from WWEShop https://t.co/6xNJrfdj9Z
— Fightful.com’s Sean Ross Sapp (@SeanRossSapp) May 21, 2022
Reports indicate that Banks and Naomi were unhappy with the direction of the Women’s Tag Team Division and their individual roles in the upcoming events, as it was reported that they would be facing people individually leading to the next country. -per-view instead of continuing. to defend their Women’s Tag Team Championships. There was also reportedly a conversation between Banks and Vince McMahon and neither changed their minds after that discussion.
WWE has also removed all Sasha & Naomi merchandise from its WWEShop website.
Crazy situation. pic.twitter.com/V17IQAOxVj
— Wrestle Ops (@WrestleOps) May 21, 2022
They would hand over the titles before Monday Night Raw and leave the arena, and they had been announced to be part of a match during that broadcast, so WWE had to change their plans and sort things out throughout the night. Tonight was Cole breaking the news and referencing what happened on Raw, and we’ll have to wait and see what WWE’s next step in all of this is. We’re also awaiting statements from Banks and Naomi on what happened, and we’ll keep you updated on how things go.