Speaking on Wrestling Observer Radio, Dave Meltzer stated that Sasha Banks’ departure from WWE was discussed several months ago. Meltzer also noted that money was the major issue holding up Banks’ potential return. However, Banks agreed not to wrestle or appear for any other company until 2023.
“WWE directly wouldn’t say anything about her but those in the company over recent months had said the sides were not close on money. She and WWE reached an agreement in the summer regarding her leaving and the agreement was they would release her to be a free agent rather than freeze her deal, but she couldn’t do ‘anything with wrestling until the start of 2023.’ In the fall, with the regime change, she was back in negotiations to return and it was considered that it was close to a done deal, aside from the money figure, and the two sides ended up being far apart,” said Meltzer.