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Sasha Banks was upset Ronda Rousey replaced her in WWE WrestleMania 38 match



Many people believe there is more than just what WWE had planned for the six-pack challenge on Monday’s Raw that led to Sasha Banks and Naomi walking out as it has been speculated that this was the breaking point for them and there had been issues leading up to this.

As previously noted, Banks and Naomi were upset with the creative direction for the six-pack challenge where Naomi was supposed to win, which would’ve led to Naomi challenging 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.

Dave Meltzer noted on today’s Wrestling Observer Radio that Banks was upset with WWE nixing the original plans for her at WrestleMania 38 as Banks was slated for months to challenge Charlotte Flair for the SmackDown Women’s Title at this show. However, once WWE got word that Rousey was coming back, they changed it to Rousey vs. Flair.

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“Sasha has always had issues, she was mad that Ronda got the WrestleMania spot…it was planned for Sasha Banks and Charlotte Flair which was planned for months, I wrote about it. She got moved down and they gave her the tag belts as kinda like a concession because she got moved down. Okay, if you’re looking at it from only Sasha’s [side], they lied to me, right?

They didn’t know Ronda was going to agree to come back so soon after her pregnancy, but Ronda wanted to prove it because her mom did it and they also really wanted Ronda at WrestleMania because Ronda is the bigger star. But to not understand that they picked Ronda ahead of you for WrestleMania and get mad about it…yes did they tell you, yes. Does that make you a good team player no? If you don’t understand that Ronda is a much bigger star than you…. for that show [WrestleMania] there’s not a doubt Ronda is a much bigger star than Sasha Banks in that spot.”

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