Backstage Updates on Sasha Banks’ WWE Release and Naomi, What Officials Are Hoping For, More

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WWE officials are reportedly trying to smooth things over with Sasha Banks.

As we’ve noted, Banks and Naomi reportedly walked out of RAW at the May 16 show, due to frustration over creative. WWE then stripped them of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles, and announced that the two were suspended indefinitely. It was later revealed that they were suspended without pay. Their merchandise was also pulled for the duration of the suspension. There has not been a lot of major updates since then, but Raj Giri of WrestlingInc, a reliable source, reported on Wednesday, June 15 that Banks had been released from her contract. No other details were provided, and it was noted that it was not clear if Banks requested the release, or if this was something from WWE’s end. However, WrestleVotes later corroborated the Giri report, noting that word going around behind-the-scenes at SmackDown was that Banks was released. It was also reported that Banks’ lawyers were working on her release in the lead-up, and had been working on it.

In an update, Giri posted an update on the Banks situation this week and noted that Banks’ release was secured on Friday, June 10. In regards to why WWE has not said anything about Banks’ release or removed her, the rumor going around is that WWE “leadership is trying to smooth things over,” to likely try and keep Banks with the company.

It was noted in this new report that Banks’ June 10 release “came from” WWE’s Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Talent Relations, Erika Schreiber. She is reportedly the person who signed off on the release.

It was also said that no one in WWE is saying Banks was not released, which is unusual after this many weeks into it. This is in line with an earlier report from June, which said sources in WWE were not denying Banks was released, just that they were not confirming it.

On a related note, PWInsider reported earlier today, hours before Giri’s update, that Banks and Naomi were still listed on the internal active WWE roster, as of Tuesday morning of this week. This report noted that there has been no change made internally to the status of Banks and Naomi since they walked out of RAW last month, and that neither have been officially released. It’s possible that the release hasn’t made it to other sources within WWE as officials are trying to smooth things over. Giri stands by his source and original report on Banks being released.

Banks and Naomi are still listed on the official WWE SmackDown roster page as of this writing.

After suspending Naomi and Banks indefinitely and without pay, WWE announced that a tournament would be held to crown new WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but there’s been no update on that tournament either.

Stay tuned to for the latest on Banks and Naomi. Below are links to our full coverage of their ongoing situation with WWE:


Backstage Updates on Sasha Banks’ WWE Release and Naomi, What Officials Are Hoping For, More

WWE Digitally Removes Sasha Banks Sign From Images From Friday’s SmackDown

Sasha Banks WWE Release Update

Backstage Notes on the Sasha Banks WWE Release Story

Sasha Banks Reportedly Gone from WWE

Sasha Banks Undergoes Eye Surgery This Week

Backstage Notes on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles, Sasha Banks and Naomi Suspensions

Backstage Update on Plans for the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles

Pat McAfee Addresses His Reaction To Michael Cole Announcing Sasha Banks & Naomi’s Suspension

Snoop Dogg Posts New Photo with Sasha Banks, More on Where Banks Was on Friday

New Report Says Sasha Banks and Naomi Situation Is Expected To Get Worse

Naomi Removes Mentions Of Being A WWE Star From Social Media Accounts

WWE Removes Their Official Sasha Banks & Naomi Facebook Pages

Sasha Banks Video from Concert, WWE Pulls Banks and Naomi Merchandise, More

Michael Cole Announces Suspension for Sasha Banks and Naomi In Awkward SmackDown Segment, New Champions To Be Crowned

Backstage News on Naomi’s WWE Contract Status

Arianne Andrew Believes Naomi Was Manipulated Into Walking Out On WWE

Interesting Backstage Talk on How People In WWE Are Reacting to Sasha Banks and Naomi

Bully Ray Wonders If Sasha and Naomi Walkout Was A Work So Naomi Could Join The Bloodline

Lots of Backstage WWE RAW Notes on Sasha Banks and Naomi, Banks vs. Ronda Rousey?, More

Person Close to Naomi Reveals Details on What Led to Sasha Banks and Naomi Incident at WWE RAW?

Which Two Stars Were Referenced In WWE’s Statement on Sasha Banks and Naomi?, New Details on Why Banks and Naomi Were Unhappy, More

WWE Issues Statement on Sasha Banks and Naomi, Claim They Handed Over Their Titles

Sasha Banks and Naomi Reportedly Walk Out of Tonight’s RAW

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