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Booker T Thinks Sasha Banks And Naomi Broke The WWE Walkout Tradition

Sasha Banks and Naomi were scheduled to compete in a six-woman tag team big show on the May 16th, 2022, episode of WWE Raw the day they allegedly left the company. As the show started, Banks and Naomi left the building, leaving their WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on the desk of then-Head of Talent Relations John Laurinaitis, upon which they were suspended & their titles vacated. Booker T, a two-time WWE Hall of Famer, has now spoken out more about what he’d have done in Banks and Naomi’s boots.

I would have done the fight and then left, Booker T stated on the podcast. Other veteran wrestlers who had been around said the same thing: they would have done the job and then left… You understand what I mean? It’s like tradition. And I think that losing… that tradition factor, the company, man, I think that’s where the rubber met the road in terms of the situation.

Banks and Naomi were suspended whereas Vince McMahon remained CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. However, that since appointment of Paul Levesque as WWE Chief Content Officer & EVP of Talent Relations, they have reportedly returned to the company’s internal roster and thus are likely to return at any time. Whereas the both have made numerous appearances outside of WWE, they have yet to appear on WWE programming since the strike.

Naomi and Sasha Banks moving out of WWE Raw

Those who endorse Naomi and Sasha Banks moving out of WWE Raw, according to Booker T, are on a slippery road. Booker spoke out about the former Women’s Tag Team Champs, who are suspended by WWE. Despite having a significant role in the planned main event match, the two women allegedly walked out just before WWE Raw last week. The company responded by dethroning them and plans to hold a tournament to crown champions in the coming years.

Several major wrestlers, such as Mickie James and CM Punk, have come out in support of Banks and Naomi in the days since, but Booker T is not one of them. He simply believes the situation should have been handled differently. I understand if they wanted to go out and get the job done, then come back and say, ‘Hey look, whatever you’ve got planned for us going forward, we’ve got to talk about it, or we’re not in for it.’ But for anyone to support getting up and leaving the show, it sets a precedent for guys willing to stand out and quit the show.


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