WWE Hell in a Cell 2020 is just days away, but will it be Bayley or Sasha Banks securing a huge victory and leaving as the SmackDown Women’s Champion?
WWE Hell in a Cell 2020 heads to the WWE ThunderDome this Sunday, and potentially the night’s most anticipated match will be longtime friends and rivals Sasha Banks and Bayley going at it inside Hell in a Cell. The match will see Bayley defending her SmackDown Women’s Championship, hopefully in the main event, but this one is about a lot more than the title.
The history between Sasha Banks and Bayley goes back over five years to their time in WWE NXT. Few could forget their legendary match at the inaugural NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn, but WWE Hell in a Cell will show us a very different version of that match.
Back in Brooklyn, we saw the underdog Bayley desperately trying to topple an arrogant NXT Women’s Champion by the name of “The Boss” Sasha Banks. After their epic clash, arguably the greatest match in NXT history, it was Bayley who set the arena on fire and defeated “The Boss” to become the new NXT Women’s Champion.
The fan-favorite known for her bubbly personality and relentless hugs walked out of NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn and began her path to being a cornerstone of NXT’s women’s division. Now, five years later, Bayley is an entirely different entity while being a cornerstone for SmackDown’s women’s division.
Bayley will walk into WWE Hell in a Cell having been SmackDown Women’s Champion for a mind-boggling 380 consecutive days. By comparison, Sasha Banks is a 5-time WWE Raw Women’s Champion and former NXT Champion, and all six of those reigns don’t even add up to 300 days.
Sasha Banks’ neck will be a target for Bayley inside WWE Hell in a Cell
However, it’s important to remember that a significant portion of Bayley’s record-shattering reign has happened with Sasha Banks at her side. On several occasions, we’ve seen Banks help Bayley stay the champion, which made it all the more shocking when Bayley turned on her friend and viciously attacked her.
Now, the stage is finally set to see this storied rivalry add a violent chapter at WWE Hell in a Cell. On the surface, it feels like Sasha Banks has the advantage heading into the night.
While Bayley is the defending champion, it will be her first time inside Hell in a Cell. Sasha Banks will be entering the structure for the third time, but she’s 0-2 in those past encounters.
As satisfying as it would be to see “The Boss” Sasha Banks get her revenge inside Hell in a Cell and emerge as the new SmackDown Women’s Champion, that’s probably not what we’ll be seeing. Instead, look for Bayley to target the damage she’s already done to the neck of Sasha Banks, surely using the structure to her advantage in the process.
Despite the best efforts of “The Boss,” the reign of Bayley won’t yet be coming to an end. The good news, should that be the case, is that Sasha Banks still needs revenge. If we’re lucky, we’ll get to see these two face off one more time in about six months as the main event of WrestleMania 37.