KEY POINTS

  • The WWE locker room is reportedly split about Sasha Banks and Naomi's walkout on Raw
  • Creative differences spurred the issue between the duo and WWE
  • The pair was buried on live television by being called "unprofessional" on commentary

Sasha Banks and Naomi made waves in the pro-wrestling community after it was reported that they walked out of the May 16 episode of WWE Raw, and performers are reportedly 50-50 on the situation.

Wrestling Inc, citing a report from the Patreon-based Fightful Select, mentioned that WWE talents have mixed feelings about what had happened.

An unnamed female star was quoted to have said that she “didn’t see anything particularly egregious worth leaving the show over, but understands the creative frustration.”

However, the majority of people in the locker room feel like being unhappy with their creative direction is fine, “walking out is fine, but walking out during the show isn’t fine”.

The issue between the reigning WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions and the promotion was believed to be due to creative differences about how they were going to be booked moving forward.

It was advertised early in the show that the main event was going to be a Six Pack Challenge involving Banks, Naomi, Doudrop, Nikki A.S.H., Becky Lynch and Asuka, with the winner being named the No.1 Contender for Bianca Belair’s Raw Women’s Championship at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view.

Fightful later confirmed that Naomi was going to win the match, which would have likely led to Banks and her dropping the titles before subsequently breaking up.

WWE quickly shot backstage scenes that set up Lynch and Asuka for a singles match in the main event soon after the events.

Banks and Naomi’s decision to walk out shortly before Raw certainly speaks volumes of the pair’s desire to not go down that road and stay together to keep the women’s tag team scene relevant.

It is worth noting that WWE Hall of Famer "Stone Cold" Steve Austin also walked out on a show and was subsequently buried on live television by company chairman and CEO Vince McMahon.

Banks and Naomi would go on to experience the same treatment this past Monday, with commentator Corey Graves calling them unprofessional during the broadcast.

With this story only continuing to get more intense as the days pass, the pro-wrestling community will be eagerly watching to see whether Banks and Naomi will even acknowledge the situation and if WWE will levy punishment on their two stars.

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