Naomi’s former tag team partner Cameron has claimed that the star was manipulated into walking out of a recent episode of Monday Night Raw.
On the May 16th episode of Monday Night Raw, Women’s Tag Team Champions Sasha Banks and Naomi dramatically walked out on the taping while it was in progress.
The pair had been due to compete in a six-pack challenge in the main event to determine a new number one contender for the Raw Women’s Championship. However, after reportedly being dissatisfied with creative, the pair left the arena.
While the show was in progress, WWE released a statement claiming that the pair weren’t comfortable in the ring with two of their opponents, and felt their Women’s Tag Team Titles were being disrespected. Meanwhile, Corey Graves slammed the pair as “unprofessional” on commentary.
Speaking in a new interview with SEScoops, Cameron, real name Ariane Andrew, gave her take on the situation. The star, who teamed with Naomi as The Funkadactyles, suggested that the former SmackDown Women’s Champion may have been manipulated into walking out.
“My girl Naomi, she wouldn’t do this and I feel like she wouldn’t do this unless she had someone manipulating and telling her how to do this. Let’s best believe if I was here, coming as a Funkadactyl we wouldn’t have this happening at all.”
Expanding further, Cameron claimed that Sasha Banks’ status within the company affords her more space to express herself if she disagrees with things backstage.
“Again, Sasha is Sasha. You have Snoop Dogg as your cousin. You’re a top athlete, you can do whatever the f*ck you wanna do. You can literally say what you wanna say, do what you wanna do with no repercussion. And if you’re a star athlete, I feel like she can back it up. The one thing that she can do is she can back it up. It’s not like, ‘oh she can have all these people who can back her up without having the talent to do so or the beauty.’”
It has since been reported that Banks has been described as a “Diva” backstage, and has “zero support” and “zero sympathy” from co-workers.