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Naomi’s WWE contract is expiring soon

The fallout from Sasha Banks and Naomi walking out of this week’s WWE Raw continues.

As previously reported, Banks and Naomi were upset with the creative direction for the six-pack challenge match on Raw where Naomi was supposed to win and face Raw Women’s Champion Bianca Belair at Hell in a Cell while Banks was supposed to challenge SmackDown Women’s Champion Ronda Rousey at this same show.

They left the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on John Laurantis’ desk and left the arena. There is reported no sympathy for Banks due to her actions. 

Dave Meltzer discussed the latest on the situation during today’s Wrestling Observer Radio. He was told that Naomi’s WWE contract is expiring soon and prior to Monday, she was in talks for a new deal.

“On Monday’s show, I mentioned Trinity’s contract. So, the deal is, and this was brought up to me as well, her contract, I guess it’s expiring soon, but she was in negotiations for a new deal. It’s possible that they might go with the idea that she’s not leaving, no matter what. Her family’s here and they don’t feel the leverage they might have felt with a Kevin Owens or Sami Zayn, or someone where if we lowball them, they’re going to leave. We have to give them a pretty big offer. In her case, maybe they wouldn’t do it, but most people who are getting new deals are getting substantial raises.”

Meltzer said there are major raises happening in WWE due to the wrestling war with AEW and this is a good time to make money for everyone including Naomi.

“This probably won’t help her cause in negotiation. Now, on the flip side, if her deal is almost up or whatever, not too far from now, that they’re renegotiating, in theory, she could sit out but then they could freeze. It’s the same thing with Sasha whenever her deal is up. If you don’t perform, whether you’re injured or just whatever, you walk out for a while, that does freeze your contract and if you don’t come back, they can freeze it in theory forever.”

However, Meltzer brought up how WWE can’t freeze the contract forever to keep a talent under contract to prevent them from going somewhere else as, at some point, the talent would go to court and win, but it’s another hassle to go through.

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