Bayley did what she had to do on Monday night, avoiding the tag from Sasha Banks after “The Boss” beat the hell out of her BFF in the Women’s Elimination Chamber match Sunday night. And in that very moment, myself and millions of fans across the globe may have gotten what they wanted – a match between the two superwomen at WrestleMania 34.
WWE has done a wonderful job of story telling on Monday nights, using the dominance of the women’s division to move at the needle of fan interest at a steady pace. The one thing I can say about the company over the past 39 days, is it has upped it game in booking better matches and performers – much like the WWE of old. So far, you couldn’t ask for better plot lines.
The outcome for some of these programs may not be the ones the fans would have picked – like Roman Reigns once again meeting Brock Lesnar for the Universal Title, but there is a method to this madness There is also a reason why the slow and steady build of a Bayley-Banks feud will finally come to a head in New Orleans – because it’s time to rekindle the fire these two women possess at opposite ends of a squared circle.
If you follow my writing here on Camel Clutch Blog, you know I am a fan of the continuing feud. I love a program WWE or any other wrestling promotion can rehash and still find gold. CM Punk and John Cena. The Rock and Steve Austin. Trish and Lita. Even Ric Flair and Sting. They all have their part in developing wrestling history. Bayley and Sasha do the same thing. Just like any sport, teams or individuals need an opponent to make them better.
These two women could not be where they are in WWE if not for each other. It started in NXT with the first ever women’s “Ironman” match. It could come to head in less than six weeks in the Mercedes Benz Superdome.
I have thought for some time Sasha Banks is this generation’s version of Lita, with the winning pedigree of Lita. For all her charisma and marketability, Bayley isn’t the same kind of performer – a kinder, gentler version of a solid champion. Banks is a believable heel, a great talker and someone who can work with just about anyone.
Bayley has her limitations – especially when it comes to her character. Cena will never turn heel. The same can be said for the “Hugger”. But given the opportunity, we saw a bit of brazenness from the one-time Raw Women’s Champion.
It was well worth it. It also spoke volumes as to what should come out of a very good program with the women’s division at Elimination Chamber. Best of all, the fans love both women and welcome this kind of confrontation. Now, WWE must make the build worth the match at the Show of Shows.
Alexa Bliss, Bayley, Banks, Asuka and Nia Jax are all peaking at the right time. The women’s division is in the best spot it could be – better than when Charlotte and Banks were carrying the banner for the red team. If anything, WWE has learned to incorporate more storylines, therefore keeping the fans more engaged. Now, there may be an issue with getting every female – on both rosters – involved on the biggest stage.
It’s feud that does not need a title or a reason to happen. Jack Brisco and Dory Funk Jr. didn’t need a belt for the two greats to beat the hell out of each other. Lita and Trish could deliver a five-star match for the hell of it. I suspect this will be the same for Bayley and Banks. They deserve another opportunity to show how great they are as a storyline. Best of all, WWE waited for the right moment to make magic happen again.
No matter how hard the company tries to drop the ball on so many feuds and opportunities, this is one it can rely on to deliver – give the fans what they have wanted for nearly a year now.