Sasha Banks And Naomi Walk Out On RAW

The WWE Women's Tag Team Champions are reportedly unhappy with their current creative direction

Sasha Banks And Naomi Walk Out On RAW

In shocking news coming out after last night's WWE RAW, it appears that the WWE Women's Tag Team Champions, Sasha Banks and Naomi, walked out on the show after a meeting with WWE's Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis, leaving their Tag Team Titles on his desk and leaving with their suitcases.

Naomi and Sash were due to take part in a six pack challenge in the main event of RAW, with Doudrop, Nikki A.S.H, Becky Lynch, and Asuka, but due to the walkout of the champions, this was switched to a singles bout between Asuka and Becky Lynch.

It's being reported by multiple news outlets that the reason for their walkoiut is due to being severely unhappy with the creative direction for both themselves and the Women's Tag Team Championships, with many beliieving they are considered to be an afterthought in WWE.

Following the walkout, WWE released thefollowing statement:

When Sasha Banks and Naomi arrived at the arena this afternoon, they were informed of their participation in the main event of tonight’s Monday Night Raw.

During the broadcast, they walked into WWE Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis’ office with their suitcases in hand, placed their tag team championship belts on his desk and walked out.

They claimed they weren’t respected enough as tag team champions. 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. The main event to tonight’s Raw was reportedly changed after Sasha Banks and Naomi walked out of tonight’s show.

Whilst walking out on the show may not be considered the most professional approach, it is understandable why they felt aggrieved and chose to do so. Neither woman has reportedly been happy in WWE for some time, and with the Women's Tag Team division barely considered important by many within WWE (at least that is how it seems), then they may feel they can either bring about change or get out of their contracts, but this is mere speculation.

What is clear, however, is that this is another example of the stale creative process within WWE, something which needs major focus over the coming weeks and months.

Someone close to Naomi and Sasha Banks(@Adidas_head88 on Twitter who IS followed by Naomi) was apparently given permission to share their side of the story: 

"You are approached in February as being put in a tag team, after both being promised big feuds at WM. You bite the bullet and put everything you got into being a tag team. It works, you get over, win the titles at WM and become merch pushers.

5 weeks into your reign you show up to live TV and ready to work. 

You are told you will be in the main event, and you are happy. You both are then told that one of will be going over from pinning the other. You have questions why that decision was made, and how it helps y'all.

You request a meeting with your boss to discuss it. Your boss takes the meeting and everything is actually going well. He understands your concerns. The meeting ends well and the match is told to be reconstructed. For some reason producers get mad about it.

You then ask with one of your members going over, what happens to your titles? You are told basically that you will just be carrying the belts. They want to use you both to help both women's champions get more over.

Bianca vs. Naomi
Sasha vs. Ronda

Neither one of you will win the solo titles, and you won't defend your tag titles until MITB.

You ask for another meeting with your boss, but this time you are being called spoiled. A producer walks away screaming.

He comes back and tell both of you to fix your attitudes.

Y'all have a brief meeting amongst yourselves and decide to stand up for yourselves. You go to another boss, and make it clear you just have concerns.

You ask why are we even in the match and why aren't other women in it? You ask why your titles have no stories for two months?

Again you are met with fix your attitudes.

So after one final meeting with yourselves and asking others, you make the ultimate decision as a team.

It's sad how oneside is trying to create a fucked up narrative.

Also, it was asked why were Nikki ASH and Doudrop in the match instead of starting their program tonight. Naomi nor Sasha talked down about being in the ring with either one. Idk how that got flipped."

Whilst this particular explanation has not been confirmed, it certainly points to some serious backstage issues.

We will have more on this story as it develops.