WWE makes announcement on Sasha Banks/Naomi suspension and title tournament
As we’ve noted, Banks and Naomi walked out of Monday’s WWE RAW after reportedly being unhappy with creative plans. They reportedly left the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles with WWE Talent Relations head John Laurinaitis, and left the arena. You can click here for recent backstage details and more news on what happened.
In an update, tonight’s SmackDown on FOX featured a ringside segment where Michael Cole addressed the situation. Cole said Banks and Naomi let everyone down on Monday when they walked off the show and out of the arena during RAW.
Cole went on to explain how Banks and Naomi were scheduled to compete in the Six-Pack Challenge to determine a new #1 contender to RAW Women’s Champion Bianca Belair, along with Asuka, Becky Lynch, Doudrop, and Nikki A.S.H., but instead they took the titles to the Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis, left them there and walked out. WWE ended up changing the main event to Asuka vs. Lynch, and Asuka won to earn a match with Belair at WWE Hell In a Cell. The original plan had Naomi winning the main event, then challenging Belair at Hell In a Cell.
Cole also said Banks and Naomi disappointed millions of fans and their fellow Superstars, and because of what they did on Monday, they have been suspended indefinitely. Cole also announced that there will be a future tournament to crown new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions.
There’s no word yet on when the tournament will be held, or how long Banks and Naomi are suspended for.
Banks and Naomi were not backstage for tonight’s SmackDown in Grand Rapids, Michigan, according to multiple sources. They have not publicly commented on the SmackDown announcement as of this writing.
The way WWE made tonight’s announcement was very interesting and far from what they usually do. While there has been a lot of speculation on the whole Banks – Naomi situation being some kind of work or part of a storyline, multiple sources insist that it is not.
Stay tuned for more on Banks and Naomi, and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles. Below is footage of the segment with Cole on SmackDown:
Sasha Banks and Naomi have been suspended indefinitely. There will be a future tournament to crown the new WWE Women's Tag Team Champions. pic.twitter.com/8xhJe0l5bV
— WWE (@WWE) May 21, 2022