Sasha Banks reportedly walks out of WWE RAW due to creative issues with Vince McMahon
Just prior to the May 16th 2022 edition of WWE RAW going on the air, WWE’s social media accounts advertised a women’s six-pack challenge with the winner earning a future title match against Bianca Belair. The participants were Becky Lynch, Asuka, Sasha Banks, Naomi, Doudrop, and Nikki ASH.
Around an hour into the show, there was a backstage segment with Becky Lynch and Adam Pearce. Becky said that Sasha and Naomi had suddenly left the building and she wanted to be declared the #1 contender. Pearce said Becky would have to face Asuka in a singles match. On commentary, Corey Graves said Sasha and Naomi “unprofessionally left the arena.”
According to Mike Johnson of PWInsider.com, both Sasha and Naomi actually did leave the event…
“The word making the rounds backstage at the taping is that Sasha Banks took issue with some of the planned creative for the original main event, a Raw Six Pack Challenge to determine Bianca Belair’s next challenger at Hell in A Cell. Banks had a meeting with Vince McMahon and the belief among those we’ve heard from is that when McMahon didn’t choose to change direction on the plans, Banks wouldn’t back down on her issues and made the decision to leave the taping.”
Fightful.com confirmed Johnson’s report that Sasha and Naomi left RAW. According to both Johnson and Fightful, Naomi had been booked to win the match.
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