"I’ve never advised Sasha Banks to not join AEW" - Booker T clarifies on Banks' exit

According to reports, WWE has terminated Sasha Banks' contract, but hasn't made any official statements about it.

Booker T and Sasha Banks in a file photo [Image-Twitter]

Sasha Banks, the six-time WWE Women’s Champion, was apparently released from WWE, and Booker T discussed the prospect of her joining AEW on a recent episode of the “Hall of Fame” podcast. The six-time World Champion and two-time WWE Hall of Famer corrected his remarks on the most recent show, though. He said, “I’m thinking with Sasha, it’s not going to be all about the match. It’s about the star power … it’s a lot of women there that she can go in the ring and wrestle … and have great matches, you know what I mean? But I’m talking about star power. I say this emphatically, I’ve never advised Sasha Banks to not join AEW,” Booker T continued. “That’s her choice.”

A six-woman battle between Banks, Naomi, Becky Lynch, Asuka, Doudrop, and Nikki A.S.H. was scheduled as the main event of the May 16th episode of “Monday Night Raw,” with the victor going on to compete against Bianca Belair for the “Raw” Women’s Championship at Hell in a Cell. But this bout was ultimately scrapped because Banks and her tag team partner Naomi left “Raw” just before the show started, leaving their Women’s Tag Team Championships on the desk of John Laurinaitis, who was in charge of talent relations at the moment.

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The “Raw” main event match was ultimately changed to a one-on-one bout between Lynch and Asuka. Asuka prevailed, however Lynch ended up being added to the match and would face Asuka, Belair, and Lynch in a three-way at Hell in a Cell. Both Banks and Naomi have seen success while working for WWE. During her ten years with the organisation, Naomi won the Women’s Tag Team Championships once as well as the “SmackDown” Women’s Championship twice.

Sasha Banks in WWE

Banks has achieved great success in the ring, taking home the “NXT” Championship once, the “SmackDown” Women’s Championship once, the “Raw” Women’s Championship five times, and a record-tying three times for the Women’s Tag Team Championships. She has competed in the main event at “NXT” Takeover and a number of premium live events, most notably WrestleMania 37’s Night One, when Bianca Belair defeated her in a highly regarded match.

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