Jim Cornette has hit out at Sasha Banks and Naomi for the way that the pair appeared to handle a recent meet and greet appearance.
As speculation continues to swirl over the WWE futures of Sasha Banks and Naomi, the pair recently appeared at a C2E2 convention in Chicago. As is typical with these kinds of events fans could pay for a photo with a number of special guests, which on this occasion featured the former Women’s Tag Team Champions.
However, the experience didn’t go as some fans had hoped, with one in particular causing a stir on social media. Kyon Anderson shared the photo that was taken of him with Sasha Banks and Naomi, where he was required to stand some distance away from the two women. Anderson described the set up as a “shock,” revealing that the pair were pictured hugging women previously.
Cost was $130 for the duo pic. While I was happy to be in the room with them the distance thing was a shock and not the experience I was expecting. I saw the pics of them hugging women and I did not need to touch them, but standing next to them would have been nice. pic.twitter.com/cA1x35NQ4a
— Kyon Anderson (@tkatoday) August 7, 2022
Speaking on his podcast, the Jim Cornette Experience, the legendary manager weighed in on the situation. Cornette said that while not wanting to be in close contact with people (due to public health concerns) is fine, if that’s the case they shouldn’t have agreed to do the photo op which costs fans so much money.
Somebody’s going to say ‘Cornette F*ck you. COVID.’ Well, here’s the deal. It’s just like a low fat Twinkie. If you can’t eat the fat, don’t eat the f*cking Twinkie. If you can’t take the photo op, don’t do the photo op. I’m not going to be putting [myself in danger] And that’s the reason I’ve turned down tonnes of Fan Fests and things that I’ve been asked to do the past couple of years because it took all the fun out of it. Hugging people or shaking hands or taking goofy pictures, and having fun, to know that everybody’s potentially contagious.
So if that’s the case, if you can’t [do it], some people don’t mind. Some people didn’t believe in COVID. Some people are vaccinated, some people have different tolerance and risk and etc. But if you’re not going to stand there and at least shake [hands], I’m not talking about God damn, you know, lip locking like anteaters. But if you can’t stand next to the person, then don’t do photo ops and don’t be paid to do photo ops.
That’s my opinion, and $100 or whatever the f*ck for a picture? Yeah, I guess, these don’t look like phone pictures? Because I know there’s some places that do the high def professional photographer and you get a print of it, right? I can see charging something for that. And I’ve been talked into over the last several years charging money for pictures with people’s cell phones. Because at first I’ve mentioned I thought it was f*cking ridiculous and insane and greedy for a celebrity to charge money for a fan to take a picture of that self same celebrity with the fan’s own phone. Right?
[Jim then looks at one of the pictures] He[the fan] is so far away. So far away. Doesn’t anybody stay in one place anymore for a photo op? It would be so fun to see your face near my photo op. Buddy, you’re so far away. But anyway. So yes, if you’re going to charge for a photo op, and you’re going to advertise you’re doing photo ops, I think you have to actually be next to the person or just don’t do them, which is fine.
I don’t think that Sasha and Naomi, either one are gonna be on welfare and food stamps next week. They seem to have been doing fine. So far. But $100 for a picture to begin with. Did you say even more in some cases?”
It has recently been reported that Banks and Naomi are set to return to WWE, but at time of writing there has been no word on when they will appear back on television.
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