At WrestleMania 35, the inaugural Women’s Tag Team Champions, Bayley and Sasha Banks, were dethroned in a fatal four-way match to the IIconics duo of Peyton Royce and Billie Kay. Bayley and Sasha were able to win the titles at the Elimination Chamber pay-per-view, outlasting Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville, Carmella & Naomi, Nia Jax & Tamina, The IIconics, and the Riott Squad. While this moment was emotional, and a pinnacle of Bayley and Banks’ best friend-turned bitter foe-turned best friend storyline, the events leading to WrestleMania 35 caused a bitter ending to this tag team title reign.
According to the Wrestling Observer Newsletter, Banks tried to quit WWE over WrestleMania weekend. This is due to feeling blindsided by WWE’s decision to put it on the IIconics, despite Banks feeling that they would have a strong run as tag team champions to build credibility to the division. With the notion of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Title holders being able to defend their championship on Raw, SmackDown Live, and NXT, Banks thought that their run would be long enough to defend the titles on all brands.
As noticed, Banks was not in attendance at Monday Night Raw. Her Boss ‘n’ Hug Connection teammate, Bayley, lost to Alexa Bliss, who was making her in-ring pro wrestling return. Banks has gone to Twitter to possibly tease a WWE departure.
The WWE star also announced and apologized that she had to cancel her appearance on the Wendy Williams Show due to “personal reasons.” An insider told Page Six that the producers of the show were fuming at this last-minute decision.
“She won?t be booked again. She didn?t give a real reason for canceling, and she did it only hours before the show tapes, so production was left scrambling to fill her spot. Wendy ended up doing an extra segment of Hot Topics instead.”
Oddly enough, The Boss posted a picture of her feet in front of a Raw sign, captioned, “If I were to start again would I do it any different?” However, she did not appear on television, and one source informed the Wrestling Observer that she has been given time to figure out what she wants to do.