While an official WWE statement indicated otherwise, it appears Sasha Banks and Naomi were in fact uncomfortable sharing the ring with Bianca Belair and Ronda Rousey.
Sasha Banks and Naomi’s controversial WWE walkout on 16 May has led to massive fan speculation as to why, exactly, they made such a rash decision. Early reports stated they felt uncomfortable working two opponents in their scheduled Six-Pack Challenge.
The now-former WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions were due to join Becky Lynch, Asuka, Doudrop, and Nikki A.S.H in a Six-Pack Challenge for a Raw Women’s Championship opportunity. Many believed the former Piper Niven and Nikki Cross were the two WWE Superstars in question, but this rumour has now been debunked.
The Wrestling Observer Newsletter’s Dave Meltzer reports that Banks and Naomi were actually uncomfortable in working against Bianca Belair and Ronda Rousey, the current WWE Raw and SmackDown Women’s Champions, respectively (h/t Sportskeeda Wrestling):
“While for legal reasons Banks & Naomi haven’t talked, they did make sure to get their message out on Twitter through an intermediary and denied having any issue with working with any of the six women. It appears the WWE statement actually meant Belair and Rousey, but it was misleading.”
Reports stated that Naomi was scheduled to win the Six-Pack Challenge to face Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship at the Hell in a Cell premium live event on Sunday, 5 June. Sasha Banks, meanwhile, was due to challenge Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Belair is now due to defend her championship against both Becky Lynch and Asuka, while Rousey is currently without a challenger. A short-term feud with Raquel Rodriguez could be on the cards, with the pair set to do battle for the second week in a row on tonight’s (27 May) Friday Night SmackDown.
Sasha Banks and Naomi are currently suspended indefinitely without pay from WWE, with their Women’s Tag Team Championships having been declared vacant. It’s unknown when they’ll return to WWE programming, if they do at all.