Bayley says she hoped WWE would keep Sasha Banks rivalry going to WrestleMania 37

In 2020, the union and then split of Sasha Banks and Bayley was the strongest story in WWE.

The pair were the closest of friends before turning bitter rivals later on in the year and that led to a showdown at Hell in a Cell.

Sasha Banks and Bayley were WWE’s MVPs for much of 2020

Banks would win that contest and end Bayley’s historic reign as SmackDown Women’s champion.

Given how great the story was, many had hoped that, perhaps, WWE would finally give Bayley and Banks the WrestleMania platform they’d long deserved.

Instead, Banks will defend the SmackDown Women’s title she won from Bayley against Bianca Belair and Bayley has no plans or story for WM37 currently.

talkSPORT had the chance to talk to Bayley during WrestleMania week and she told us that she had hoped the story with Banks was going to the Show of Shows.

“Yeah, I thought it was going to carry on a little bit more,” Bayley said of her story with Banks. 

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“But I’m very, very happy with that Hell in a Cell match. It was so much fun and so glad I got to do that. 

“But I do wish it was a little more and I do wish we could have gone on to WrestleMania because I think that’s where my heart was. I was waiting for that.”

The Hell in a Cell match they did have was an instant classic. The pressure they had to deliver a classic was extremely high, too, given their previous work together.

Did Bayley feel that and how happy were they with the match?

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“We felt pretty good about it. I did feel pressure. Whenever we have a match nowadays, I feel pressure because whenever we have matches, everyone luckily enjoys the matches so yeah, there’s always the extra added pressure when I’m wrestling Sasha.

“I think a little bit of the pressure came from it being her third Hell in a Cell match and it was my first. So I wanted it to not just live up to her past matches, but exceed them and for that to be her favourite one and the fans favourite one. 

“So I was very in my head trying to think of unique things. Without a crowd, it’s so hard without fans there. I think it would have been a million times better if we had a live audience. 

“But I think that just made me try and work a little bit harder because you have to try and get the story across even bigger.”

Bayley hoped the Sasha Banks story might go to WrestleMania

Backstage, the match was unanimously well received and that includes from Vince McMahon.

“To be honest, I don’t really remember the backstage [laughs]. I remember TJ [WIlson], who was our producer, he was very, very happy. He’s always so proud of us. 

“And a lot of the women who were there in the locker room were very supportive so it was nice.

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“Vince says a few things,” Bayley starts. “We always go up to him after any match or segment and he was very happy with that one. 

“So I don’t really remember specifics but he was happy. He better have been, we beat each other senseless! [laughs].

Watch SmackDown every Friday night on BT Sport and WrestleMania is this weekend! April 10 and 11, both nights are on the WWE Network and BT Sport

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