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Bayley vs. Sasha Banks Would Be a Great Match at Wrestlemania

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The Road to Wrestlemania is underway and for the most part, fans know the major matches taking place the Show of Shows.

One feud that seems to be brewing right now is a potential program between former Raw Women’s Champions Sasha Banks and Bayley.

Banks and Bayley recently had a Twitter exchange about the latter wrestling Asuka, which is leading some fans to believe they will enter into a program between the two NXT alumna. Given the timing, fans could see Banks and Bayley wrestle in a one-on-one match at Wrestlemania.

Although it not be seen on the same level as the women’s title matches or other bouts on the card, Bayley vs. Banks would be a great addition to Wrestlemania in New Orleans.

The card for Wrestlemania is laid out for the most part. Four matches are confirmed for the event:

  • A.J. Styles vs. Shinsuke Nakamura for the WWE Championship
  • Asuka will challenge for either the Raw Women’s Championship or the Smackdown Women’s Championship
  • The finals of the WWE Cruiserweight Championship tournament
  • Brock Lesnar will defend the WWE Universal Championship against the winner of the Men’s Elimination Chamber match – most likely Roman Reigns

There are other unconfirmed matches for the event

  • Ronda Rousey vs. Stephanie McMahon in some capacity, possibly a mixed tag team match
  • The Miz defending the Intercontinental Championship against either Finn Balor or Braun Strowman
  • Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal
  • John Cena is scheduled to have a big match
  • Whoever Asuka doesn’t challenge will likely defend their title

If all of these matches come together, it will be nine matches on the main show. The Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal is usually held for the pre-show, but with the HBO documentary based on Andre, WWE may want to feature the match on a larger platform.

Adding Bayley vs. Banks would bump the main card to 10 matches, which is the same number Wrestlemania 33 had the year before. There are several potential matches WWE could book as the 10th match, but if the company wants to make Rousey a focal point of the show, it would make sense to have as many women matches as they can at the show.

Banks and Bayley are big enough names in the company to where they can build to a good match and make it a five-star classic.

Fans still talk about their two star-making performances at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn and NXT Takeover: Respect. They have had matches on Raw and wrestled on pay per views, but WWE could give them enough time at Wrestlemania to tell a great story in the ring that is as good as their singles matches or NXT, or better.

WWE doesn’t need to give them 30 minutes for their match.

Undercard matches like Eddie Guerrero vs. Rey Mysterio at Wrestlemania 21 and Christian vs. Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania XX told good stories in under 16 minutes.

Banks vs. Bayley at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn was under 20 minutes.

Some fans may complain that Banks vs. Bayley wouldn’t have the importance of a title match, but it doesn’t need to – at least not right away. Cody and Kota Ibushi at Wrestle Kingdom 12 didn’t have any stakes up front, but it did – at least partly – lead to the current drama between the American Nightmare and Kenny Omega.

Banks and Bayley can use their past in NXT, friendship outside of the ring and their rivalry as a way to build to their match at Wrestlemania. If the plan is to turn Banks heel, she could be Bayley’s friend and say the match is to see who is better, then turn on her during or after the match.

As for the aftermath, the winner of the match could go on to a new program with whoever they want. Bayley could resume her quest for the Raw Women’s Championship. Banks could as well, but she could also approach McMahon and say “screw championships, I want Ronda in the ring.”

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Roman Reigns Discusses Universal Title Victory Over Brock Lesnar

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It may not be the perfect outcome, but it was necessary to take the WWE Universal Title off of Brock Lesnar at SummerSlam, especially considering that Lesnar is preparing for a return to the octagon and UFC in the near future, and the fact that Lesnar’s contract has strangleheld WWE for far too long.

Roman Reigns was the guy to do it, and as unpopular as the choice may be, and as unpopular and boring as the Lesnar/Reigns feud been, this was also necessary.

Reigns reflected on his big win at SummerSlam.

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Triple H Discusses WWE Signing Matt Riddle

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Triple H commented on the recent signing of former UFC star Matt Riddle, who was shown in the crowd during NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn IV on Saturday night. WWE had been previously hesitant to sign Riddle due to his history related to marijuana use.

“Matt brings a lot to the table” Triple H said, according to Newsweek.

“He’s an amazing athlete, smart in the way he’s adapted and what he did in his MMA career,” Levesque told media in a post-show press conference. “He’s learned a lot on his own in a very brief period of time to get to where he is. I’ve watched him for awhile, his ups and downs, and you know there just comes a time when somebody gets good enough.”

Triple H believes that adding him to WWE, and the NXT roster, will be the next step in his development.

“I think he’s ready to get brought in and be taken the rest of the way. I also think he’s matured as a person.” Triple H continued.

“I think he’s realized where he wants to get in this business as opposed to just being in the business. We think it’s the right time, but only time will tell. He’s a very talented guy and the sky’s the limit. We’ll see what he can do. I feel sometimes people say ‘you bring them in and just go with it.’ It’s not that simple. Not everybody makes it, not everything works. There’s a lot of factors. I believe in him and I believe he has a lot of potential.”

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Matt Riddle Signs With WWE

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The rumors are true, Matt Riddle is heading to WWE as his appearance in the audience of Saturday night’s NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, live, at the Barclays Center confirmed. Riddle had been rumored to be heading to the company for the past several weeks.

WWE issued the following statement regarding Riddle:

Matt Riddle, or as he is often referred to by fans, “The King of Bros,” has been announced as the newest Superstar to wave the NXT flag. Fittingly, the news was revealed as he was ringside for tonight’s huge WWE Network special event in Brooklyn.

The former wrestling champion and UFC fighter made a name for himself in the indie circuit, capturing titles such as the EVOLVE Championship and the PROGRESS Atlas Championship.

 

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