AEW star and current ROH, AAA, and IWGP Tag Team Champion Dax Harwood has discussed his very public support for suspended WWE star, Sasha Banks.
Sasha Banks and Naomi caused a storm when they decided to leave their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship belts with then-Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis and walk out of Raw, despite being advertised in the main event of the show.
Since then, the women were officially stripped of their championship and have been indefinitely suspended by WWE. Many of their colleagues have perhaps understandably remained quiet on their actions but one wrestling star who did anything but was AEW’s Dax Harwood.
Harwood took to social media the day after Banks and Naomi walked out of Raw, sharing a picture of him and The Boss with a very straightforward message:
“Always, always, ALWAYS stand up for what you believe in. F*cking ALWAYS!!!”
Always, always, ALWAYS stand up for what you believe in. Fucking ALWAYS!!! pic.twitter.com/rPIuOm6XlT
— Uncle Dax FTR (@DaxFTR) May 17, 2022
Now speaking to Joseph Staszewski of the New York Post, Dax Harwood explained why he was so public with his support:
“Cash and I did the same thing and a lot of fans for some reason had decided that we were crybabies and we whined and we should have just done our job and shut up. And that’s hard to read every single day, especially when all we’re trying to do is make wrestling better, make tag team wrestling better, but also to make ourselves better and make our legacy even better.”
“If I would have just stuck around and stayed in the same position that we were in there’s no way our brand would’ve grown. So I know exactly what she’s going through, what she’s feeling. And she probably was feeling that ‘I don’t feel respected and I could be doing way more and if I continue to stick around I’m going to continue to get pushed to the side.’”
“And it’s in the contract, just like we are and we still are. We have the option to find other work. And for fans to sh*t on her, or sh*t on us, because we want better for ourselves and tell us just to shut up and take the money, man that’s hard to read every day so that’s why I wanted to show that support to her.”
The most recent reports on Sasha Banks’ status is that she has been released by WWE but neither Banks or the company have confirmed this.