WWE released an official statement to address the walk out of Sasha Banks and Naomi from last night, saying that the WWE Women’s Tag Team champions refused to be in the ring with two of their planned four opponents.
The statement says that the champs were “uncomfortable” being in the ring even though they wrestled the other two individuals before with no issues.
The other four were Becky Lynch, Asuka, Doudrop, and Nikki A.S.H.
The full statement is below:
When Sasha Banks and Naomi arrived at the arena this afternoon, they were informed of their participation in the main event of tonight’s Monday Night Raw.
During the broadcast, they walked into WWE Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis office with their suitcases in hand, placed their tag team championship belts on his desk and walked out.
They claimed they weren’t respected enough as tag team champions. And even though they had eight hours to rehearse and construct their match, they claimed they were uncomfortable in the ring with two of their opponents even though they’d had matches with those individuals in the past with no consequence. Monday Night Raw is a scripted live TV show, whose characters are expected to perform the requirements of their contract.
We regret we were unable to deliver, as advertised, tonight’s main event.