Sasha Banks is currently away from the WWE due to injuries, and Charlotte is reportedly being criticized by the company for what they describe as careless behavior at SummerSlam.
Sasha Banks fought Charlotte for the WWE Women’s Championship at SummerSlam, with Charlotte ultimately reclaiming the title. But many were shocked to see Banks being dropped on her neck at one point in the match, and there seemed to be at least one or two botches throughout.
PWMania is now reporting that Charlotte was reprimanded for being “careless” during this match. It was known backstage that Banks was experiencing back pain going into SummerSlam, and in fact this is precisely why it was decided that she would lose her championship title. Moves that involved Banks’ neck and back, then, are quite shocking to watch in retrospect.
The good news is that it seems that Sasha Banks’ injuries were not made significantly worse by her SummerSlam match, and in fact she is expected to return to the ring relatively soon. The Wrestling Observer Newsletter reported last week that Banks will not need to undergo surgery, as had been feared when her injury was first announced.
After SummerSlam, Sasha Banks’ name was removed from all upcoming WWE events until the end of September, and so this seems like a reasonable time frame for her return. The Clash of Champions pay-per-view takes place on September 25th, and this could be the perfect opportunity for Banks to get back in action.
For now, Bayley looks set to play the Sasha Banks role on Raw, taking on Charlotte and Dana Brooke. The fan favorite NXT superstar was officially signed to Raw last week, and she defeated Dana Brooke in a match that had the crowd going absolutely wild. Bayley and Sasha Banks are good friends in real life, and their characters feuded many times on NXT.
Banks received much better news about her injury than her coworker, Finn Balor. It was announced after SummerSlam that Balor also needed to take some time off due to injuries, but unlike Banks, he is not expected to return until 2017. He recently underwent surgery, but a procedure that was expected to be one hour ended up lasting four hours, and Balor now says he will likely be out for six months at minimum.