Bayley: I’m Glad I Got To Host WrestleMania, But I Still Wish I Had A Match
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WWE WrestleMania 37 is in the rearview mirror, but many fans are still disappointed about the fact that Bayley didn’t have a match at the show.
“The Role Model” was one of WWE’s leading stars throughout the heart of the pandemic era. Her reign as the WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion made history, and her exemplary character work was universally renowned.
Still, by the time WrestleMania rolled around, Bayley was left off the card. She wound up unofficially hosting the show alongside Titus O’Neil and Hulk Hogan, so she was still an important part of the event.
In an interview with Justin Barrasso of Sports Illustrated, Bayley explained that she enjoyed getting the chance to do something different at “The Showcase of the Immortals,” but she still wanted to wrestle in front of the live fans.
“I was happy to be a part of it in a big way,” said Bayley. “You always want that match, or title match, or main event, but now I can say I’ve done something else at WrestleMania. I’ve defended the Raw title, I’ve defended the SmackDown title, I’ve defended the tag titles with Sasha, I’ve been in the battle royal, and now I can say I hosted with Hulk Hogan and Titus O’Neil, I was on stage with the NWO and got thrown off the stage by the Bellas.
“It’s cool when you look back on it, even though [not having a match] is a little salt in my wound.”
Given the way that Bayley remained one of the most prominent stars on WWE programming throughout 2020, one would think that she would have been given a program for the biggest show of the year. Instead, having been left off the card, Bayley now has even even stronger desire to compete at the event next year. Following in the footsteps of Becky Lynch, Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks,”The Role Model” expressed her goal to be main event WrestleMania, like her fellow Four Horsewomen.
“I worked that whole year during the pandemic to get to WrestleMania in front of fans, and then I still didn’t have that,” said Bayley. “I didn’t have that moment, I didn’t have that match, so that only makes my desire stronger.
“I was the last one to come to Raw and SmackDown between the Four Horsewomen, and I can be the last one to main-event a WrestleMania.”
Bayley will be in action at WWE WrestleMania Backlash, as she’ll be challenging Bianca Belair for the SmackDown Women’s Championship.