Bayley must get a career-defining title win at WrestleMania 40

The story is there to pit Bayley against IYO Sky in a singles match for the WWE Women's Championship and WrestleMania 40 needs to see her get her hand raised.
Apr 1, 2023; Inglewood, CA, USA; Bayley during Wrestlemania Night 1 at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory
Apr 1, 2023; Inglewood, CA, USA; Bayley during Wrestlemania Night 1 at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory / Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Across WWE, the women’s division continues to grow and develop momentum heading into the Royal Rumble. Fans are watching closely as Iyo Sky and Rhea Ripley carve out their contenders for the next big show. One storyline to keep a close eye on is with Damage CTRL and what everyone knows is coming. That group is going to turn on Bayley at some point, and that should be the catalyst that leads to her finally getting a big victory at WrestleMania.

Bayley has some interesting, and quite shocking stats when it comes to WrestleMania. She joined main roster WWE in 2016, and since then she’s had five WrestleMania matches. In those four matches, she has never had a singles match. In 2013 and 2019 she was in tag team action, and in 2018 she was in the women’s battle royale. Her two victories came in 2020 and 2017 when she defeated both of which featured multiple women.

That is her lone victory at the showcase event. One victory in four matches, with that one being almost four years old. It’s time for that to change, and this current storyline is the perfect opening for that to happen.

There’s a time when predictability in professional wrestling works. It’s pretty easy to predict with title changes will happen in All Elite Wrestling, but that doesn’t stop those moments from being big, giving fans what they want to see, right when they want to see it. WWE has long turned away from that, creating frustration with fans along the way. Predictably, Bayley is going to be kicked out of Damage CTRL. The minute Kairi Sane was added to the equation and Asuka joined, the writing was clear on the wall. Bayley must go. But when she goes, that WWE Women’s Championship must come with her.

There’s a lot of time between the writing of this piece and either night of WrestleMania. Enough time to build to an angle where Bayley and Sky get a one-on-one contest booked. Seeing Sky coming into WrestleMania as the top champion on the show would be amazing. She’s the most consistent champion of the brand. Roman Reigns and Logan Paul are part-time workers and the tag titles are with Judgment Day on WWE Raw. Iyo Sky and Damage CTRL remain the main title story majority of the weeks.

Seeing Bayley get a big moment at WrestleMania would be huge for her career and her legion of fans. Bayley’s work over the last few years has been some of the best in the division. She’s consistently put over her peers, taking a back seat to surging names like Bianca Belair. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she and Mone were two of the most important pillars of the entire promotion – finding a way to keep fans engrossed across two shows and even beating AEW in the ratings at times. She recently re-signed with WWE and it’s time that she is rewarded for her work at the biggest event of the year.

Bayley is a pillar of women’s wrestling. Not only for the WWE but the entire industry. Seeing her get her hand raised at WrestleMania is long overdue and the booking is there to make it happen in 2024.