On today’s Wrestling Observer Live, Bryan Alvarez confirmed Wade Keller’s report that said that there was very little sympathy for Sasha Banks and Naomi after they walked out of WWE last night. Alvarez went as far as to say that there is zero sympathy for Banks.
Alvarez said, “You would think that if you have a company full of folks that are presented with bad creative all the time and get frustrated with the creative, well you would think that if Sasha and Naomi were handed bad creative and they finally took a stand and they just said ‘no I ain’t doing this, I’m out of here’ and they walked out. Well, you would think that all of the other wrestlers would be on their side and would back them. [They would] say ‘finally, somebody stood up for themselves.’ Because I see a lot of fans [showing support]. Well, you would think that the wrestlers dealing with this every day would say the same thing.”
Alvarez continued, “I am literally aware of two people that have publicly said anything positive about Sasha. The funny thing is, this is all on Sasha. I haven’t heard anything about Naomi. No one has even mentioned Naomi, it’s all Sasha.”
Alvarez pointed out that William Regal commented about putting his job on the line to get Sasha signed several years ago and Dax Harwood made a comment about taking your career into your own hands.
Alvarez continued, “Internally, [I’m sure] Jimmy Uso is sticking up for Naomi and everything like that. Sure, somebody internally is gonna do whatever. But, I have not heard from one person. Not one that is sticking up for Sasha and Naomi and Naomi. And not only are they not sticking up for Sasha and Naomi but boy have I heard a lot of terms thrown around. Most of them are some derivative of the word “Mark.” Mark, F’N Mark, a Mark to a degree that is unfathomable. I have heard zero support for Sasha Banks in this situation. So, quite frankly if you want you can get mad at me if you want…I’ve been a lot nicer on this show than anything I’ve heard from people in WWE over the last 24 hours. Hey, if you want to come after me then go for it…Zero support, I’m talking zero. It’s funny [because] I haven’t heard anyone say anything about Naomi and she walked out too. It’s all about Sasha. I’ve heard it all – Mark, Diva, the list goes on and on. There is zero support for Sasha Banks walking out of WWE over all of this. People are furious. They think it’s ridiculous. They think that she’s whatever. So, that’s the story. Where this goes, I don’t know but literally, every single bit of support that I’ve seen for Sasha Banks coming out of this has either been from people in another company that weren’t there last night and that’s it…or fans. Her actual co-workers have zero sympathy for what happened here. I think that should probably tell you something. Again, we largely have the official WWE side of the story but I also heard from a lot of people obviously off the record in WWE and they are not sympathetic to this at all. These are people who have been presented with really stupid ideas and they’ve had to do them. They are not sympathetic on this one. I think that kind of tells you that she didn’t like some creative but the other wrestlers probably looked at that creative and thought ‘dude what are you complaining about? Both of you are gonna be headlining a pay-per-view in singles Championship matches. This is your job…’”
PWInsider reported earlier today that there were plans for Naomi to challenge for the Raw Women’s Championship at Hell in a Cell and Banks would have challenged Ronda Rousey for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.
Aside from a couple of vague posts, not much has been said publicly about the situation from wrestlers in WWE.
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Shayna Baszler’s IG post about Sasha Banks and Naomi. pic.twitter.com/jtSfFO88Xi
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