During a recent PWTorch.com audio update, Wade Keller recapped the Sasha Banks and Naomi situation and added that he has heard that there are some people in the business who are expressing support for what they did last Monday.
“Naomi’s contract is coming due,” Keller said. “We don’t have much more details on Sasha and Naomi in terms of any reconciliation or any more details on their departure. I know some people and I’ve run into a lot of them who just instinctually want to blame Vince McMahon for everything. Other people, although fewer outside and inside WWE are not complimentary of Sasha and Naomi’s likelihood of handling this well, and are not surprised that [out] of anybody of prominence on the roster, that they’d be the ones who maybe handled things in a way that wasn’t ideal.
Keller made it clear that when he reports on things, he is not someone who picks a side between the wrestlers and management and his story is not biased towards any side. He added, “But I can say there are people who in that locker room – colleagues of theirs [including] active wrestlers, and otherwise, who are disappointed and not sympathetic to the way Sasha and Naomi handled this. And there are others who, yes, think this is a cool thing that they did. And they sort of wished that they had the guts to do something like that and take a stance. So I mentioned Naomi’s contract is coming due in WWE. And there had been some rumblings that maybe this was related to contract issues and not wanting to look like they were being sacrificed right before to take some leverage away or just spend some of their equity right before their contracts come due. We don’t have details on when her contract expires, just that that could have been a contributing factor in the frustration of Naomi and perhaps Sasha, that, we’re going to take away some of your leverage by having you do pretty high profile jobs in the midst of a tag team title reign that they were excited about.”
“And they felt like that wasn’t being repaid with being protected while they were tag team champions. And like I said, I’ve talked to enough people to get a sense [that] there’s not any sort of unanimity in their opinion, in the locker room of how they handle this. I think there’s some sympathy for certain details of why they walked out but not a lot of sympathy for walking out before a show. But when it gets right down to it, Sasha and Naomi could not have stayed and done that match without making things worse for WWE. If Naomi won the match and earned the title shot and you do that and then Naomi says I don’t want to go through with this, now WWE has more of a mess to clean up than simply announcing the six-pack challenge that WWE needs to rework on short notice…”
During SmackDown, WWE announced that Banks and Naomi have been indefinitely suspended and new Women’s Tag Team Champions will be crowned soon. Since walking out on Monday, Banks has been seen hanging out with Snoop Dogg’s son Calvin.
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