Bayley has been one of WWE’s very top stars for the past 12 months regardless of gender.
Her run as SmackDown Women’s champion was a historic one in length and many would argue her partnership with Sasha Banks guided WWE through the Performance Center era of TV.
This writer classed the Hell in a Cell encounter with Banks as the 2020 Match of the Year and then she did stellar work with Bianca Belair before and after her Royal Rumble win, too.
And yet, Bayley has no match for WrestleMania 37. Even if she gets a surprise one this weekend, one of WWE’s most valuable players in the past year hasn’t been given a good story or build and frankly, that seems criminal.
talkSPORT had the chance to talk to catch up with the first women’s Triple Crown Champion and Grand Slam winner in WWE history during WrestleMania week and we asked straight up – what is going on with Bayley at WrestleMania?!
“I cannot give you an honest answer, dude,” Bayley started with a smile. “I don’t know. I’m sorry guys, it just didn’t happen.”
When asked if something could be added late for her, Bayley just about kept hopes alive.
“Even if there was something, I don’t know if I would tell you guys to spoil it. But yeah, it’s OK. I’ll be here for a long time. I might just jump the barricade and steal my own moment if they won’t give me one. I’ll just steal it.”
Given Bayley’s tenure in WWE and her body of work, one would imagine she is able to pitch different things and the 31 year old did confirm she pitched ideas for WrestleMania 37
“I’ve pitched for stuff for this past WrestleMania just because there has been so many instances this past year where the pitches have gone through and it becomes easier to talk to certain people.
“My brain actually started working developing the more experienced I got [laughs]. So yeah, there’s always ideas like that. I don’t know how it goes for other people, but it’s definitely open.
With a total of four women’s matches across the two nights of WrestleMania, it feels like they had room for other female stories outside of the title pictures. Bayley says she wanted a non-title story but instead of being down on not getting it, she is happy for those who will shine.
“I would have loved to have had a non-title match at WrestleMania. Just a grudge type of match. Something that meant, not more than a title, but was a little deeper than a title. But, there’s always next year.
“I’m just so happy that more women are going to be represented and I know the two title matches are going to be killer so we can’t really be bummed out about it, we got to look at the bright side I guess.”
Bayley hasn’t competed since February 19 on SmackDown. We asked Bayley if she has any injuries at all.
“Oh yeah, I’m fine [no injuries]. I’m not the person to ask [why I’m not being used], buddy!”
So if a slot opened up on WrestleMania out of nowhere, what would Bayley want to do?
“I would challenge Lita,” Bayley said almost instantly. “I would just whoop Lita’s little behind. Then my childhood could be happy and complete.
“Or I would jump the barricade and slap Michael Cole’s headset off. Tell him to get in the ring and we’ll settle it once and for all.”
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