The character of Bayley took off in NXT and became an instant hit with not only the fan base but the kids, too. The matches with Asuka, Nia Jax, and Sasha Banks gave people a person to root for, because she was a classic underdog. It seemed like she was destined to go on to bigger and better things once she got the call up to the main roster.
A year later, she is a former RAW Women’s Champion, and she ended Charlotte’s undefeated PPV streak in February at Fastlane. She was on top of the Women’s Division until a feud with Alexa Bliss changed everything. She went on to lose the title in her hometown in San Jose at Payback and has never gotten that title back. Bayley went on to win a #1 Contender match against Sasha in order to face Alexa at SummerSlam, but she would be out of action after a match with Nia due to a shoulder injury that kept her out for over a month.
Since coming back from that shoulder injury seven days before No Mercy, nothing has really changed about her character, booking, and promos…which have not been up to par. It is time to hit the reset button on Bayley, and that means that she doesn’t need to be a part of the RAW women’s team at Survivor Series.
There will be a Triple Threat match between Bayley, Mickie James, and Dana Brooke on RAW tomorrow night to determine who gets the last spot on the team. This would be a good time to allow Bayley to take the pin. Whether it is a possible heel turn or a new change in attitude, this side of Bayley that we are seeing right now is stale as a bread.
There will be a point where Bayley will benefit from this decision because she has nothing else to lose. She has hit rock bottom which means it is time to do things her way rather than for the huggers. It is up to her whether or not she is ready to evolve because having no character development will be her biggest weakness.
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