Sasha Banks and Naomi have been the talk of the wrestling world this week following them walking out of Monday’s WWE Raw and with tonight’s SmackDown being the first event held since then, there’s been interest about whether they will be at the show.
Pwinsider.com reports that neither of them is in town for tonight’s SmackDown in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Naomi's husband Jimmy Uso is in town for the show as he will team with his brother, Jey, as they take part in a title unification bout with Raw Tag Team Champions RK-Bro.
One Pwinsider subscriber noted that Banks was on the same flight as her going to Minneapolis from Orlando.
For those who are wondering after it was reported that Naomi’s WWE contract is slated to expire soon and was in negotiations with the company prior to Monday’s Raw, Banks signed a contract extension 3 years ago. Usually, WWE extensions are for 3-5 years. It’s unclear exactly when her deal is up, but if she signed a 3-year deal then her deal would also expire this year.
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. The original idea was for Naomi to challenge 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.