WWE have announced that Sasha Banks and Naomi have been suspended indefinitely after they walked out of the May 16th episode of Monday Night Raw.
On Friday Night SmackDown Michael Cole announced that Women’s Tag Team Champions, Sasha Banks and Naomi had been suspended indefinitely.
The veteran announcer said that the pair had “let us all down” as they handed their title belts to Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis. Cole explained that the pair had walked out ahead of appearing in their scheduled match.
WWE will hold a tournament to crown new Women’s Tag Team Champions.
It had earlier been reported by Mike Johnson of PWInsider that the two women weren’t at the May 20th SmackDown taping.
Sasha Banks and Naomi had been due to compete in a six-pack challenge in the main event of the May 16th episode of Raw 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.
In the aftermath of the incident, Wade Keller and Bryan Alvarez both reported that the Women’s Tag Team Champions had little support backstage, with the prevailing mood being more confusion than anything else.