Since dropping the Women's Tag Team Championships with Bayley at WrestleMania 35, a disgruntled Sasha Banks has been off of WWE television as she continues to ponder her future with the company.
Banks and Bayley were reportedly unhappy about having to lose the titles - won by The IIconics - believing they would endure a longer run with the championships. Banks has since missed the last three weeks of Monday Night Raw, with WWE granting her time off in order to decide on whether or not she wants to stay.
But unfortunately for Banks, it doesn't sound like WWE is giving her much of a choice. According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter (h/t Ringside News), WWE might "freeze" Banks' contract "if she doesn’t wrestle and tries to sit out."
Banks might find herself in the same situation as Luke Harper, who took to Twitter last week to announce he requested his release. How did WWE respond? According to the Observer, WWE actually added on six more months to his contract - thus foiling Harper's hopes and chances of getting released.
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For what it's worth, Brad Shepard said Oh, You Didn’t Know podcast that Banks is slated to return to WWE on the SmackDown Live brand - before the May 19 Money in the Bank pay-per-view. We'll have to see if that actually happens, but it certainly seems like Banks has no choice but to return right now, since WWE isn't keen on granting her a release.
Banks has been one of the top female superstars since her promotion to the main roster, but there's obviously a major disagreement with creative when it comes to the direction of her character. It seems like the only logical resolution will be if they decide to give Banks the push that satisfies her needs. Perhaps the solution would be to simply put the titles back on her and Bayley.
What This Means
If Banks doesn't return to WWE by Money in the Bank, then it's safe to say there won't be a resolution any time soon. There's obviously a lot of work to be done on both sides, but for now, we can only wait and see how things play out for The Legit Boss.