WWE has taken an aggressive approach to their handling of the recent walkout by Sasha Banks and Naomi. Yesterday, the company removed their merchandise from the official WWE online shop and suspended them both. Today, they’ve pulled both superstars’ official Facebook profiles completely offline.
An attempt to go visit the pages results in an error. The pages do still show up in a Google search but are unable to be accessed. This appears to be a deliberate move on the part of WWE.
Naomi had 1,848,498 followers around the time her page was pulled. Sasha Banks boasted an impressive 2,990,931. For a company that prides itself on its massive social media presence, it is a sign that WWE is taking this matter very seriously.
On the latest Monday Night Raw, Sasha and Naomi were scheduled for a six-pack challenge with the winner challenging Bianca Belair for the Raw Women’s Championship. The pair are reported to have been far more interested in a Women’s Tag Team Championship match against Doudrop and Nikki ASH. When things couldn’t be worked out in their favor, they dropped the belts and walked.
WWE addressed the incident on the air that night. The match was changed to a one on one bout between Becky Lynch and Asuka. On this week’s SmackDown, Michael Cole announced that Sasha Banks and Naomi had been suspended indefinitely.
This is farther than WWE usually goes when they have an issue with talent. WWE is looking to send a message that superstars can’t simply take their ball and go home if they’re not happy with the creative team. This story is a long way for over, but WWE removing their Facebook pages is an unprecedented step.
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