Bayley heads into her first WrestleMania with the toughest test of her career, as she must defend the Raw Women’s Championship against Sasha Banks, Nia Jax and Charlotte Flair in a Fatal 4 Way Elimination match.
It has been a terrific year for women’s wrestling with Charlotte Flair and Sasha Banks breaking boundaries in their amazing fued in 2016 and will meet once again on the WrestleMania stage.
Charlotte overcame Banks and Becky Lynch in WrestleMania 32 to win the reinstated Women’s Championship, but this would only be the beginning of a thrilling fued between The Queen and The Boss.
Banks would finally capture the Women’s Championship for the first time from Charlotte in July, but it would be a short-lived reign for the Boss as Charlotte would recapture the gold in their rematch at SummerSlam.
Flair would be far from done in her rivalry with Sasha but the Queen now had another woman setting her eyes on the prize, when Bayley finally made her much-anticipated Raw debut in late August.
Bayley stunned the champion in a non-title match in early September to find herself in the championship picture. Despite having to take on both Banks and Bayley at Clash of Champions, Charlotte managed to overcome the odds and retain the title.
Banks and Charlotte’s rivalry began to heat up in early October when Banks once again dethroned the Queen to become a two-time Raw Women’s Champion, which would pave the way for a historic women’s Hell in a Cell match.
The former NXT superstars made history at the Hell in a Cell pay-per-view when they became the first women to main event a pay-per-view, as Charlotte stunned The Boss in her hometown of Boston to become a three-time Raw Women’s Champion.
The two women would have to put their differences aside as Raw Women’s roster picked up the win over Smackdown in a Traditional Survivor Series match and although Bayley picked up the win at Survivor Series, Flair attacked her after the match to steal the limelight.
Just when it looked like Charlotte had seen the last of Banks, The Boss and Charlotte went at it once again in a Falls Count Anywhere in late November in which we crowned a new champion once again as Sasha won the title for a third time.
However just like her two previous reigns, it would be a short-lived reign for Banks as this incredible fued ended in a 30-minute Ironman match at Roadblock: End of the Line, in which Charlotte needed overtime to become a four-time Raw Women’s Champion.
Meanwhile, Nia Jax had been running over opponent after opponent since making the jump from NXT to Raw in the brand extension and she had no sympathy for an injured Banks the night after Roadblock, as Jax added insult to injury on the Boss.
Banks would not back down from a fight against Nia as she returned to Raw in late January to attack Jax with her crutch, but she bit off more than she could chew as she came up short against the powerhouse at the Royal Rumble.
Meanwhile another win for Bayley over champion Charlotte in December saw her move into the title picture to challenge Charlotte for the gold at the Royal Rumble, but Bayley’s dream of becoming champion came up short in the Alamodome as Charlotte retained the gold.
However after earning a second chance at the gold, Bayley would not spurn the chance on the 13 February episode of Raw as she became the new Raw Women’s Champion by defeating Charlotte, after a helping hand from Sasha Banks.
Just days before FastLane, Charlotte and Nia Jax picked up a big win over Bayley and Banks as Jax scored the win on the champion but six days later at Fastlane, Jax suffered a stunning loss to Sasha Banks.
The same night, Charlotte had the chance to regain the Women’s title from Bayley but once again Sasha had Bayley’s back as Bayley inflicted a first ever pay-per-view singles loss on Flair to retain the title.
Due to the controversial ending, Charlotte was handed a rematch at WrestleMania by general manager Stephanie McMahon, while Banks fought her way into the match after a win over champion and BFF Bayley.
Charlotte had the last laugh over Banks and Bayley as she laid out both women after the match and picked up a big win two weeks later over former protegé Dana Brooke, who severed ties with each other the week before.
It looked like we were heading for a Triple Threat match at WrestleMania, but Jax recovered from her loss to Banks at Fastlane to crush Bayley and defeated Bayley the next week on Raw in a No DQ match to earn her way into the title picture.
Despite the loss, Bayley remained in good spirits ahead of her dream coming true to compete at WrestleMania, but Charlotte was confident that she will become a five-time Raw Women’s Champion at WrestleMania.
The Queen also tried to drive a wedge between Banks and Bayley’s friendship and believes it is only a matter of time before The Boss stabs her in the back. Nia Jax is sick of hearing only about Bayley, Banks and Charlotte and plans to shock the world in Orlando.
Tension boiled over between all four women which led to a tag team match less than a week until WrestleMania and while it would be Banks and the champion to score the win, it was Nia Jax would stood tall after it all laying out her three opponents.
The women stole the show at WrestleMania last year and while I don’t think they will quite steal the show again at WrestleMania 33, I still think this will be a good match.
Bayley surprisingly won the championship from Charlotte Flair in February as she heads into WrestleMania as champion, but it was a move that should have been saved for this Sunday with Bayley finally living her dream of becoming champion on the grandest stage.
Charlotte is without a doubt one of the greatest women wrestlers ever to step in a WWE ring and her loss at FastLane means her streak is gone. However, I don’t think we can rule out The Queen from becoming a five-time Raw Women’s Champion in Orlando.
I think Nia Jax will be the first to be eliminated before Sasha Banks, leaving us down to Charlotte and the fan favourite Bayley. A Sasha Banks heel turn is inevitable and it could very much happen this Sunday, with the Boss costing or beating her best friend the gold.
I don’t think a Sasha heel turn will happen at WrestleMania, as I am backing Bayley to retain the Raw Women’s Championship. However, Banks could very much blindside Bayley the next night on Raw to reignite their amazing rivalry from NXT.