SmackDown Women’s Champion Bayley and Sasha Banks may not battle at WrestleMania 36 due to a change of plans. Rumours suggested that the two friends would rekindle their rivalry from NXT and face off at WrestleMania for the SmackDown Women’s Championship on April 5 at the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Sasha V Bayley was an original plan, but I’m told Sasha’s injury caused them to change course
According to talkSPORT’s Alex McCarthy, however, that is no longer the plan due to an ankle injury which sidelined Banks recently and WWE will now take a different course.
It has also been claimed that the SmackDown superstars would rather hold off a feud between each other and will thus continue to perform as partners.
McCarthy tweeted: “Sasha V Bayley was an original plan, but I’m told Sasha’s injury caused them to change course.
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“The source speculates Bayley and Sasha would prefer to hold off their major singles PPV match, too.”
Banks and Bayley had some legendary encounters against each other while on NXT where they feuded over the NXT Women’s Championship.
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Their most notable fight took place at NXT TakeOver: Respect in 2015 when Bayley defeated The Boss in a 30-minute Iron Man match.
It is not yet certain how WWE will book the SmackDown Women’s Championship at WrestleMania but both competitors’ kayfabe characters are claiming that they won’t be part of the Show of Shows.
Vince McMahon’s promotion has announced a series of other title matches as WWE Champion Brock Lesnar will defend his belt against British superstar Drew McIntyre.
Universal Champion Goldberg has also returned to in-ring action and will put his title on the line against Roman Reigns, who is getting his first shot since relinquishing the belt in 2018 after being diagnosed with leukaemia.
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RAW Women’s Champion Becky Lynch will face Shayna Baszler, who put together the most dominant performance in Elimination Chamber history as she single-handedly eliminated Liv Morgan, Ruby Riott, Sarah Logan, Natalya and WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Asuka.
WWE are set to announce a series of other matches in the near future starting from tonight’s episode of RAW at the Capital One Arena in Washington.
Rumours suggest The Undertaker will return to WrestleMania to take on AJ Styles in a dream match while Edge will set up an encounter with Randy Orton.
John Cena is another legend who will lace up his boots one more time as he will share the ring with Bray Wyatt.
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