After weeks of taunting and sneak attacks from Dana Brooke, Bayley got some payback at Hell in a Cell Sunday, as she defeated Charlotte’s former protege.
The WWE Universe captured a photo of Bayley after the win:
Bleacher Report’s Ryan Dilbert summed up Bayley well after the match:
— Ryan Dilbert (@ryandilbert) October 31, 2016
Michael Killam of WrestleZone.com praised the booking of the match:
That wasn’t flashy or overly exceptional but they worked the basics & didn’t push Dana beyond her comfort zone before she’s ready.
— Michael Killam (@MikeKillam) October 31, 2016
Prior to the Women’s Championship match on Raw that saw Sasha Banks beat Charlotte for the title, Bayley put Dana out of commission backstage in response to getting pushed around by the former fitness competitor.
That kept Dana from accompanying Charlotte to the ring and cost her the friendship she had built with The Queen, and that didn’t sit well with Brooke.
As seen in this Instagram post, Dana vowed to get back at the former NXT Women’s champion for turning her world upside down:
Dana did everything possible to make life miserable for Bayley, including jumping her from behind after matches. She also injured Bayley’s arm and used that to her advantage to beat Bayley in upset fashion on Raw.
Despite that, Bayley proved resilient and refused to lie down even though Dana held a significant size and strength advantage:
Dana Brooke can’t break me. Thanks for the back up @Rocktape 😏 #WWERochester pic.twitter.com/gh82LXhOdE
— Bayley (@itsBayleyWWE) October 24, 2016
Tensions between them came to a head on the go-home episode of Raw prior to Hell in a Cell, when Dana challenged Bayley to an arm wrestling contest.
Dana was victorious when Bayley was forced to use her injured arm, but Bayley was about to win when they switched arms, which prompted Dana to hit her with a cheap shot.
Bayley bounced back to hit Dana with the Bayley-to-Belly suplex, though, which gave her some momentum entering the pay-per-view.
While Bayley’s goal is to become the Raw Women’s champion, her loss in a Triple Threat match for the title against Charlotte and Sasha shuffled her out of the picture for the time being.
Although it can be argued that she deserves a higher and more prominent position on the card, it is likely only a matter of time before she finds herself back in the title scene due to her overall skill level and popularity with the WWE Universe.
Her win over Dana at Hell in a Cell was helpful in terms of building credibility on the main roster, and provided the creative team takes advantage of that and continues to make her look strong, she could very well be at the top of Raw’s women’s division by WrestleMania, if not sooner.
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